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Cages Consider a birdcage If you look very closely at just one wire in the cage you cannot see the other wires If your conception of what is before you is determined by this myopic focus you could look at that one wire up and down the length of it and be unable to see why a bird would not just fly around the wire anytime it wanted to go somewhere It is only when you step back stop looking at the wires one by oneand take a macroscopic view of the whole cage that you can see why the bird does not go anywhere and then you will see it in a moment It will require no great subtlety of mental powers It is perfectly obvious that the bird is surrounded by a network of systematically related barriers no one of which would be the least hindrance to its flight but which by their relations to each other are as confining as the solid walls of a dungeon Marilyn Frye Oppression It is safe to assume that every man and woman in America has seen some sort of pornography whether it is a Calvin Klein billboard or the latest issue of Playboy The two may seem unrelated but the link is that they both objectify women People who view this material transform the human in the picture into an object of desire an object that they wish to possess As with everything there are opponents to this sort of pornography one of which is the feminist movement A key player in this movement is Gloria Steinem who has founded several womens foundations and written two books about womens rights As a feminist one of the things Steinem believes is that women are in a social position underneath men and that there are several factors that contribute to this position one of which is pornography In Gloria Steinems essay Erotica vs
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