Here’s this week’s cover, on newsstands and the iPad tomorrow morning. And the summary of the corresponding story:
In an age where women are dominating - in the workplace, at school, at home - why are they seeking to be dominated in their love lives? Recent media portrayals have shown that a rising number of modern women fantasize about being overpowered, while studies are turning out statistics that bewilder feminists. New shows like HBO’s Girls and books like Fifty Shades of Grey are showcasing the often hidden desire for powerlessness. But why? Katie Roiphe examines the submissive yet empowered female in Newsweek. “It is perhaps inconvenient for feminism that the erotic imagination does not submit to politics, or even changing demographics,” she writes.
We haven’t seen the cover story yet, but color us intrigued! Let’s hear your pre-thoughts, tumblr.
Just from the cover, I am really disappointed in Newsweek’s choice for this article. The cover and published blurb insinuate that 1. all feminists are politically alike, 2. feminism and sexual submission are somehow incompatible, and 3. that sexual submission is somehow unnatural for strong, empowered women. Hopefully the actual article reads better than this incredibly problematic (and somewhat offensive) introduction, because otherwise I may have to re-think my Newsweek loyalty.