To the editors:

Your presentation of Matt Freedman’s “You Are a Centerfold Sex Object” cartoon in the 11/25 Reader

-insults women

-insults my intelligence!

-packages women for sale!

-is based on tired old stereotypes

-is factually biased/inaccurate

-oversimplifies a complex issue

Pornography may be a man’s fantasy, but it’s a woman’s unfortunate reality. It’s the sexualized abuse of women in which we are reduced to the sum of our body parts. Matt Freedman’s cartoon even takes this reduction one step further–so that women are reduced to replaceable body parts. Please–this is 1988. Let’s stop pandering to archaic notions about women; someone might actually believe they’re true.

Kim Villanueva

Action VP

Illinois NOW