Destroy the Point – a piece by Helen Razer

Three wise womenAre women better media leaders? Is it better to be a woman because you think men are no good? In the media what do you see about gender and how do you respond? That’s the kind of thinking that caught my eye the other day, a recent version of this idea being would things have been different had the three wise men of the Christmas story been three wise women?

Helen Razer’s writing was drawn to my attention by a friend who wrote about the three wise women version of the Christmas story. Razer makes references to sexual acts and imagery more than I do when I write but what she points to at the core of her argument is worth considering. I’d put her in the same box as Camille Paglia in her straight talk about feminist texts.

In her piece “Destroy the Point” she defines feminism as “the struggle against masculinized violence and feminised poverty”, and notice the use of language here, she avoids the crude idea that to be violent is to be male; to be poor is to be female.

Another link with her I find myself making are her brief references to Judith Butler, Freud, and Marx. I would add Slavoj Zizeg and Michel Foucualt of course. I like the way this woman puts together her ideas and the way she deploys them when talking about social issues and events.

Use the link below to Razer’s blog piece, I think it is worth a read.

Destroy the Point.

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2 thoughts on “Destroy the Point – a piece by Helen Razer

  1. If, out of curiosity, you followed the link to Helen Razer in my post, “But wait … there’s myrrh!”, you’ll have noticed that you were directed to the version published on Crikey.com rather than the original on Razer’s own blog, badhostess.com. Having just now visited the original, and having browsed some of the comments there, I tend to agree with Julie D, who remarked that she found it an “interesting piece, if a touch too vehement for [her] tastes …” And similarly, I do appreciate Helen’s argument.

    • The link I offerred to Helen Razer’s writing from inside her blog was to allow a reader to see other pieces Razer has written and offer a path for future discussion. I have gone back and read Julie D’s comment, a very grounded insight into what happens when a person begins to become involved in discussions linked to rape and violence. The reference to Razer’s text being “a touch to vehement” may link up with my reference to how Razer seems to make repeated use of language that are images of masterbation and sexual acts. Not my style when I write, that’s for sure.

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