The only issue I have with this theory in practice is that the same thing done by one that’s seen as empowering might, done for different reasons, be seen as derogatory.
Two main examples come to mind. The first one is that if a woman dresses in a very sexual manner, she’s described as empowered by feminists. But the minute a woman dresses in that same manner, but in front of a camera, and an image of her like that ends up in a magazine or on a billboard, feminists are up in arms about how it’s misogynistic, even though it’s the same thing, just displayed to a wider audience.
The second is sex. If a woman sleeps around, she’s owning her sexuality or whatnot. But the minute it’s done on film for the enjoyment of others, again, MISOGYNY.
Why is it okay for women to walk down the street in nearly nothing, but completely degrading to do it in a photoshoot or for a TV show or movie? Why is it okay for a woman to fuck as many guys or girls as she’d like in real life, but not okay for her to do it in a pornographic setting?
Oh, right, because the latter of both those statements might possibly cater to male sexuality, and we all know that teh menz are evil rapists.
But what if directly or indirectly catering to male sexuality makes some women feel empowered? What then?