This Magazine highlights some worthwhile reads to mark International Women’s Day, including “The new face of porn“, by Alison Lee.
From “The new face of porn“:
The first time I remember thinking critically about pornography, I was 15. It was the early 1990s, and my friend and I were going through a stack of discarded magazines, undertaking the well-loved teenage art of collage. Between the Cosmos and National Geographics was this out-of-place porno, just stuck in there. We made awkward jokes while flipping through it, and found a fake advertisement for “Gash Jeans,” which depicted a naked woman bent over with her pants around her ankles. We added it to our collage, and next to it scrawled our own teenage thoughts about porn and sexism.
This essay also appeared in The Best Canadian Essays 2009.