Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The Marginalization of Women

Go Oprah and Pink. Have to make sure my last drafts of "Pistoleras" bring this theme home.



And check out "Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture."

More on this critical, scary issue? South Park of course, Episode 812. Yes the entire episode:

8 comments:

Lynne said...

Yeah, I saw that Oprah episode, and thought it was great. I love the Pink video, and was pleased they had those high school girls there, I know they defended their behaviors, but I saw some looks on their faces that showed they kinda got it. They will be doing some thinking.

As a woman who has gone through the 60s era and watched the fight for equality of the sexes, I am horrified by the non-thinkers that are projected for young girls to emulate.

Nothing wrong with sexy, even pole-dancing for the strength of your own sexuality, but NOT at the expense of women's right. But BECAUSE women have rights!

I'm so proud of my vet-student daughter who is beautiful, feminine, but strong and is no one's sex object.

Kid Sis said...

Wow, good for her.

And I'm so glad you saw that episode.

Yeah, the pole dancing idea is the exact opposite of objectifying. Sheila has a great story about it in her S Factor newsletter that really explains it. I know it's hard to get because there's all these imitation classes at gyms where women are just stripping and shaking their ass instead of doing priestess temple dancing. That's exactly what Sheila and all her converts are trying to fight globally...

This meeting ends and another begins, say, at around 1pm. Some guy has a terrific idea for another reality show and they want to base it on the ‘S’. His idea is to have Pamela Anderson, Tommy Lee and Angelyne be the judges in the same vein as American Idol. Then he would recruit Maxim and FHM magazine models to compete in ‘S Factor’ empowerment classes with a ‘strip and pole off’ competition where all three judges weigh in and critique their ‘performances’. I have to tell them that we’re already doing a reality show with a very cool company. I tell him that it will be about empowerment and body celebration and how S Factor helps change women from the inside out and no, there won’t be any ‘strip off’. His eyes dull over at the mention of empowerment.

Kid Sis said...

I do hope those girls got something out of Oprah. So sad that that's normal for them, all they've ever known. Urgh. Really struck me as "Oh crap, we're lost..."

Heidi said...

I just got a vision of Pink as the Pistolera mama. Maybe the one recounting the fairy tale...

So scary how girls today don't get what's been fought for. I'll say I don't have a problem being someone's sex object...as long as I'm his brain object, his respect object, his inspiration object and his partnership object as well. ;)

MIM said...

^^^heidi -- Well said, IMHO. ANd yep, I'm a married guy who likes to think he respects/ admires his wife for all of those things.

MIM

Kid Sis said...

Amen guys. That's why I'm proud to be single still. Gotta have all of the above to keep me interested.

MIM said...

^^Good for you, Leia. Remember, the only things in this world that should settle are lawsuits and dust.

MIM

Fun Joel said...

Just watched that South Park. Pretty funny. One question. What the f*** was up with that frog at the end?