Terry Pratchett Breaks My Heart

September 30, 2008 at 12:37 pm (Books, ethical buying choices, exploitation, feminism) (, )

Making Money is not the best Discworld novel I’ve ever read. But it is good. better than most novels out there. Until you get to this bit:

“Yes, I suppose all he can do is ogle the young ladies.” There was some sniggering from the students.
“So? They’re paid to be ogled at,” said Moist. “They are professional oglees. It’s an ogling establishment. For oglers.”

REALLY Pratchett?! It’s ok to objectify women as long as they’re paid for it? It’s ok to force an entire half of the population (more than actually) to be objectified and degraded and to have some of that half be put in a position where the best option they have is to wrap a bikini clad body around a pole for money?

Your lack of insight saddens me. You’ve created an entire world full of strong female characters, weak female characters, strong male ones and weak male ones. There were angles to all of them and your books are brilliant. But I doubt I’ll be paying for them from this point on. As with Ryanair, the cost is too high.

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