The article or reading that had the greatest influence on me during this class period was the article "Postfeminist Media Culture" by Rosalind Gill. Obviously, I used it in both my Unit 2 paper and my final paper, so it did have quite an affect on me. Even while reading the article, I became immediately energized. Each page made me nod my head more and more. Finally! Someone who got me, and she wasn't even trying to get me. She was just writing a scholarly article, but somehow Gill was able to speak directly to me.
For the past few years I've felt like there's been an obvious change in the mentality surrounding postfeminism. It's not just objectification anymore, like Gill said. It's subjectification. I've only ever had one boyfriend, so my perception of sexuality in romantic relationships - or sexuality in general - has been pretty skewed. Gill talks about how women have been transformed from sexual object to desiring sexual subject - "The sexually autonomous heterosexual young woman who plays with her sexual power and is always up for it." Gill nailed it right on the head for me. Exactly!
For most of my young adult life, I've felt like I had to be "on" all the time. Constantly ready to get down and dirty. That's what it meant to be a powerfully free young woman, right? No. I didn't get it, didn't want to get it, but felt that I had to. "Of course I'd be up for that because I'm confident in who I am." Ha. In my mind, Gill is 100% right, through and through. It has been hammered in that it is normal for boys and young men to fantasize over crazy porn-star women because it is normal for girls and young women to be sexually eager subjects ready for some sheet tousling at the drop of a hat.