Fonzie: I only got one thing to say to you shortcakes…you put out an advertisement, somebody is going to answer that ad.
Happy Days Joanie’s Weird Boyfriend 1977
Cyrano: And eh, when do you bestow the laurel wreath, how many prodigies of poetry must this new Hercules perform?
Roxeanne: I do not know. My friend you men own the world and all that’s in it. A woman is at best a prize, a property valued much the same as horse or dog, on length of hair and sheen of skin and soundness of teeth and limb. Well if I must be chattel and the terms shall be mine and the price according to my own values.
Cyrano de Bergerac 1950
There is an interesting piece at Chicks on the right that dove-tales nicely with the Miley Cirus story.
Today, a clever and competent reader sent me this article, in which the author complains about the fact that the Sydney University student magazine, Honi Soit, was yanked by the Student Representative Council because the cover featured the photographs of 18 different women’s vulva. All up close and personal like.
Quick background: The magazine said they wanted to show vaginas/vulvas in a non-sexual way, as an exercise in “female empowerment.” I’m not even making that up. When the SRC deemed it inappropriate for the newsstands, Honi Soit was outraged, as was the Jezebel author. Honi Soit said, “That in 2013, vulvas can still be considered something that should be shunned and hidden, or offensive, is absurd.”
Jezebel echoed that sentiment, remarking that, “You know, since more than fifty percent of the population has one (a vagina), maybe we shouldn’t be so weirded out by seeing them?
Which proves, once again, that liberals of today simply cannot comprehend that there is a difference between being comfortable with and loving your own body parts versus shoving them into innocent bystanders’ faces.
This NSFW photo reminded me of a deck of cards some guy I know had 30 years ago.
This prompted a post at the Fog of Law:
There’s a lot of things I could talk about here – how the very same women who complain when men view them as sex organs shoot photos of their disembodied sex organs – but there’s a foundational issue that needs to be addressed.
Excuse me, but in what alternate universe do normal women actually worry that their naked bodies do not measure up to “[d]epictions of female genitalia in culture” – and, speaking of which, what culture regularly exhibits female genitalia?
If I were in bed with some dude who thought that my naked body did not measure up to porn, there are loads of things I would do, like grab his schlong between my thumb and index finger and ask him, Mr. Turkey Gizzards, who he is to judge. Or perhaps I would knee him in said schlong and tell him to find a new girlfriend.
read that post and watch Miley Cyrus’ performance again
then answer these two questions:
“Which woman is the empowered one?”
“which of these two women consider themselves chattel like the Roxeanne from hundreds of years ago.? Miley or the author of that post above?”
I think the answer to both is pretty clear.
@DaTechGuyblog IMO Mika's photo shoot last sent an equally poor message. Sprawled on desk, leg up, heels,short skirt w/ Joe looking on.
— smoochacha (@smoochacha) August 26, 2013
I wrote about that a bit ago:
Mika Brzezinski is a 46 year old woman competing in an industry where image is king (if you don’t believe me count the toupees on the news screen). And if image is king for a man imagine what it is for a woman where sex is used to sell everything, consider this photo.
Mika may or may not have considered it a fun picture, but there is no question that this pose was used for its erotic value and not to highlight her ability to hold her own in an argument nor the excellent chemistry & patter between the two hosts.
That raised an interesting question in my head that I tweeted about this morning and Rush Limbaugh alluded to on his show. In an industry where she has to compete with the likes of Lady Gaga normal state of undress and Avril Lavigne making it Danica McKellar did MIley who has been in the entertainment industry a long time despite her young ago consider this the price of being noticed no matter what the quality of her music? As Rush put it:
She didn’t just do this in a vacuum. She thought it was what was gonna take to get mentioned, which worked, get noticed — which worked.
And if this IS what it takes to be noticed what does that say about our culture?