What’s Current: Men AirDrop pictures of their penises to women on the subway

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Men have found a new way to flash and harass women on the New York subway — AirDropping pictures of their penises.

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“[W]hy, in 2017, is it contentious for a lesbian to categorically reject sex involving a penis? The short answer is homophobia and misogyny, both of which can be found in abundance in queer attitudes towards lesbian women.”

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Susan Cox

Susan Cox is a feminist writer and academic living in the United States. She teaches in Philosophy.

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  • OldPolarBear

    Wow, I didn’t even know about AirDrop until I read this just now, and I honestly can’t imagine why 1) they would have created such a thing or 2) why people would want it. Oh wait, probably because 1) they could, and 2) because it’s available. Maybe it’s because I’m just too much of an old fogey bear to understand. Seriously, I’m not “blaming” the women for having it on their phones; it’s a disgusting thing for those men to do. But I’m not really getting the utility of it.

  • OldPolarBear

    Also, I noticed that the article about the disgusting practice had to be “balanced” at the bottom of the page with a link to an article about a woman that likes taking pictures of penises. So these creepy dudes can see that and think, “hey, I’ll keep doing this, no problem, because some of the women on my bus or subway car might like it.” Gotta present both sides I guess.

    • Cassandra

      I didn’t even notice the “This lady *likes* taking pics of penises!” part. What I noticed is that they call it “the latest horrifying subway trend” as opposed to what it really is; the latest way for males to sexually harass females. The problem is never, ever named for what it is. This time it’s a “subway trend” and “Oh, those iPhone pranksters!” (AirDrop is useful for transferring large files in a less cumbersome way than attachments, but like all good tech things, males will find a way to use it to terrorize females as quickly as is humanly possible.)

      On the other hand, they don’t call the men “cis men” or “penis people,” but that’s because men and their penises shall never part, as we here know very well.

      It’s a Rupert Murdoch owned paper, true, but hiding the problem is par for the course, huh?

  • Stroke_Your_Own_Ego

    Hm yeah, I wonder what she means by that. I understand that in the past, lesbians were pushed from the more image-conscious parts of the feminist movement for fear that they would scare off potential supporters. But to claim that modern radical feminism devalues lesbianism…I have never seen that before. Radical feminism is the only place to be if you’re a lesbian, and you don’t want to be de-ligitimized, villainized, and told to get sum peen by some group or another. I do wonder what she was thinking of specifically when she wrote that.

  • Hekate Jayne

    She qualified that statement by saying the “mainstream” versions of libfem and radical.

    I don’t really understand what she means, either. Because I don’t consider anyone that is lesphobic in any way to be a radical feminist. Radical feminists support lesbians and also understand that lesbian means women born women and none of that “ladyman is actually a lesbian” bullshit.

    There are some women that claim to be radical while supporting ladymen, though. You know, the cotton ceiling and all of that. Maybe that’s what she means when she says “mainstream”.

    • Tobysgirl

      What are the mainstream versions of radical feminism? In my opinion, there is no such thing. The mainstream totally disappears radical feminism.