Nona Willis-Aronowitz will eventually need to grapple with the distinctions that serious feminists must face: between childhood & womanhood, between adventure & pornography, between humanity & degradation.
The unique desperation of 16-year-old rappers may then become decipherable to Ms. Willis-Aronowitz. These teens are born into total liberation from traditional commitment. Never have millions of mothers produced millions of infants unclaimed by the fathers, with the rootless violence and poverty that ravages children and teens in this uniquely awful situation. The teen rappers yearn for a sexual reformation, but Ms. Willis-Aronowitz offers them only a glib dismissal.
Further, beware the fickleness of her decree when she suggests: "Some women do feel a burden to be too sexual too early, and they should not be shunned for choosing otherwise." When she writes of "some women," she seems to mean pre-teen virgins. In those patronizing words, every female reader can recognize the smug tone of a Mean Girl who grants permission for one modestly-attired student to sit at the In-Crowd's lunch table.
Jul 28 2007 - 12:14am