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#MeToo, Rick James, #MeToo


I think what makes this young woman a Super Freak to Rick is that she likes having sex. I don't think that's fair. The tendency to call a woman who likes to have sex a freak allows for stigmatizing her, and thereby gives one permission to treat her badly. If she should ever accuse you of rape, you could always say, "well, she's a freak." A person who is not normal. Not part of the community. This stigmatizes female sexuality, regardless of its freakiness.

In a Moment of Truth, a creepy acquaintance's creepy behavior towards women and mailing list drama from a church he doesn't belong to causes Jeff Dorchen to reconsider the sexual politics of the 1981 Rick James song Superfreak, and his own reasons for not confronting the predatory freaks he wouldn't bring home to mother.  

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Jeff Dorchen

Jeff is a visual artist, songwriter/musician, actor, essayist, fiction writer, poet, playwright and screenwriter. He's been a playwright, songwriter, and performer with Chicago's Theater Oobleck since 1988, a writer and actor with Red Baron Films since 2000, and a contributor to This Is Hell! since 1996. He currently lives in Los Angeles.


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