Whore! Number One

For better or worse, a lot of young women who were born out of the seeds of the sexual revolution began to view the word “feminist” as shorthand for humorless, uptight, and unhappy. Instead, these intrinsically powerful, socially subversive, and unapologetically sexy gals bandied about the word “whore.” This was not a backslide, according to Ginger Murray, editor of Whore!, a new genre-busting women’s magazine. As playful phrases like “shoe whore” have wedged their way into workaday vernacular, emphasis has shifted to the proto-Germanic root khoraz or khoron, meaning “one who desires.” It’s been a long time coming. In 1872, suffragette Tennessee Claflin said, “We tried to make ‘rake’ as disgraceful as ‘whore.’ We cannot do it. And now we are determined to take the disgrace out of whore.” That quote is emblazoned across Whore! Magazine’s website, but it is Claflin’s sister, Victoria Claflin Woodhull, an extremely unorthodox feminist who ran for U.S. president in 1872, who is honored with the first feature in the maiden issue of the magazine dedicated to all that is “fast, feminist, and feminine.” Beyond these lessons in linguistics and history, Whore! offers insight on car repair, make-up, vibrators, gay porn, blood play, and high-end lowbrow fashion. Tonight’s Whore! Magazine launch party features Cameron McHenry, Dusty Horn, Le Cancan Bijou, Gabrielle Ekedal and Angus Martin, and many more.
Mon., June 28, 8 p.m., 2010

 
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