This is a continuation of a discusson inspired by a terrific piece by Jeanette Demain entitled: Breasturants, Hypocrisy and Sexual Kitsch
In response I wrote (retitled as): OPEN CALL: gettin' back to tits and ass American Style
Phyllis Is What suggested this OPEN and contributed: Female objectification and fashion - Foolish Monkey's OC
Keri H wrote: Blog comment in support of Foolish Monkey's post
From V Corso: Phyllis/Foolish Monkey's OC: A modest proposal---The Burqua
From Poor Woman: Foolish Monkeys OC: Women Must Fight a New Way
If you let me know you've written something that adds to this discussion, it would be my pleasure to link it here and on the original OPEN. Thanks.
As I see this, it's not about skin per se, but about the message women are getting day in day out - to sell our skin, to sell our selves short. It reminds me of what it's like to watch the dynamics of a two child family where one is the favorite.
Girls are told in every conceivable way: you are here for boys to look at and maybe even to like if you're REALLY REALLY sexy and fun! And boys get the message that they are here to take their place in the world. Go get em, tiger!
Oppression plays one against the other. And pays mightily for someone off the graph.
The cultural message is right there in a continuous loop. Watch the commercials, tv shows, ads in magazines, movies. I mentioned in another blog there's a new movie coming out, an animated movie for kids about Pirates. Take a look at the female pirate in the commercial: she's made to look like a stripper with a sword.
I said in my last blog:
"Today's girls and women are told in a million different creative and even stunningly subliminal ways that in these difficult times the road to prosperity is to sell yourself and your body to the highest bidder."
V CORSO responded in her blog:
"Foolish Monkey's point about girls and women being told that the road to prosperity is looking beautiful/sexy (paraphrasing here) dovetails nicely into this line of thought. Life has become all about packaging, not content. If you've got other resources and assets to keep yourself afloat in the world, there's a whole slew of jobs more lucrative, safer and far more pleasant than being a pole dancer or working in a breastaurant."
My problem with the above is while you're correct, the fact is in order to have something substantial to offer, you've got to get an education. It has to be valued and discussed in the family, and valued by society. Is anyone fighting for our kid's educations? Even primary education is underfunded. Who can afford college any more?
Is it that we don't have the time or the energy to place focus and value on vision, education or advancement? Or is it that we're too busy being diverted and preoccupied by the idiots of the world being rubbed in our faces morning noon and night? Elevating supreme symbols of vapid idiocy and even prostitution to cultural heroes of national obsession.
My point has been that right now, trash and overt sexuality is a constant in our society. And it's reinforced every day. Our girls believe being sexy will give them leverage, make boys like them. They think being sexual will give them power, love, an edge, money.
In this day and age, most families are worried about keeping a roof over their heads so the idea of whether or not their daughters are empowered enough to resist all this garbage being fed into their heads or whether they're given equal opportunity isn't nearly as important as whether or not they as parents can keep their daughters from getting pregnant or quitting school or doing drugs or losing interest in their own futures. People are struggling to keep body and soul together.
I have granddaughters and I know that this world is easier for men and in general as it presently stands, life will be easier for my grandsons than my granddaughters. It's that simple and it's wrong.
It may be this discussion is really about corporate fascist oppression and selling our children a corrupt bill of goods so enormous profits continue to be made PLUS keeping power cards out of our hands. Dividing and conquering is always a winning strategy and oppression wins the day.
While I was writing this at one point I tried to think of a symbol for America, some recognizable symbol, like freedom and mom and apple pie and baseball used to be. I was trying to think of something that makes us feel good today.
You know I couldn't think of a thing, until this came to mind: