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Three Views of Feminism

22 Aug

August 21, 2011

Have you heard about slutwalks? These are public demonstrations or marches where women dress in slutty outfits and proclaim themselves proud to be sluts.

It all began when a Canadian police office told a group of women that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” The women immediately took offense at the suggestion that getting attacked or raped is the victim’s fault. The blame for rape or attack falls squarely on the shoulders of the attacker.

So far so good.

But they didn’t take offense as much at the suggestion of being culpable in their own possible attack as they did at the use of the word “slut.” Co-founders Sonya Barnett and Heather Jarvis decided to use the word slut in their response. They observe that historically, “slut” has had negative connotations, and that their goal is to redeem the term.

And that is where they lose me.

“Slut” has negative connotations because it is a negative word, There is no “redeeming” it.

Yet they tried. And so you have the slutwalk. 

“We’re taking slut back”
“Proud slut”
“Slut pride.”

What is the point of identifying yourself as a slut? Why would you want to make that your public image? Do people march under the “I can’t tie my own shoes and I’m proud” banner? Should bad tippers wave “I’m a cheap fuck” placards?

The KKK and American Nazi Party proudly call themselves racists and how does it work our for them? OK, being a slut and being a racist are hardly the same, but why would a woman want to identify herself in a way that only brings up negative associations?

Get it straight. “Slut” has never been and never will be a good word. No good can come from associating women’s rights with “slut.” It overshadows and ruins the point they are trying to make.

The women’s’ point is that no matter how they dress they are not inviting rape. I agree. The fault of rape is the rapist who makes the ultimate decision to take his dick out of his pants. (Pardon my language.)

However.

There are things you can do to lessen your chances of being attacked. You do not walk in a bad neighborhood after dark. You do not go swimming when sharks are sighted off the beach. You do not flash money at an ATM.

And that was the policeman’s (poorly phrased) point. He was not blaming the victims. He was pointing out that there are some things you can do to lower your risk of attack. What’s wrong with that?

Of course, not everyone has the same view of feminism. Check this out:

 

On the one hand you have a group of women saying “We are not sex objects. Don’t treat us like sex objects.”

On the other hand you have a group of women saying “We are sex objects.”

I guess it is true. Blonds do have more fun.

Especially if you are Vienna from The Bachelor

Who would want to watch a show where a normal person stays home and plays video games? What kind of show is that?

 

Oh, that kind of show.

My Review of Dancing With The *ahem* “Stars”

10 Mar

March 10, 2010

Well, it is time for a new season of Dancing With The Stars and you know what that means!You don’t? Neither do I. But it must mean something to someone as that show has been on a long time. (Why couldn’t Alf be on that long? I’ve always been worried that he never made it back home to Melmac.)

Anyway, the show is nothing if not packed with stars, I type with a straight face, so here we go, with a rundown of this season’s glamorous glitterati:

Buzz Aldrin.
Yes, the astronaut. He walked on the moon, but at age 80 the odds are good he won’t be able to walk around the ballroom without breaking a hip. That said, the man is still remarkably agile, as these before and after pictures show:

 

Shannon Doherty.
Remember her from Beverly Hills 90210? I sort-of do. I never watched that show but I understand it was on FOX back before 24 started. Personally, I liked her a lot better on Charmed. What has she done since? (Besides some nice shots for Playboy?) Here are some selctions from her imdb entry:

Satan’s School for Girls (2000)
Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay (2002)
The Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon (2008)
Encounter With Danger (2009)

Let’s hope she wins. She can use a decent job.

Pamela Anderson, “the world’s sexiest woman.”
Here’s how she looks today, without ten pounds of makeup and three airbrush artists:

Chad Ochocinco.
This show loves NFL stars, and they usually do well. It is always a surprise. After all, most people think of the average football player as having about as much grace as your boiler, and about the same IQ. Make up your own mind about Mr. Eighty-five. Originally named Chad Johnson, Ochocinco wanted everyone to use his number instead of his name. Know how people say “we’re number one?” He said “I’m eighty-five.” He went so far as to change his name to 85 in Spanish just to get it on his jersey. I understand Antonio Cromartie is considering changing his name to Antonio Ochocinco to honor all of his children.

Kate Gosselin.
This woman has eight kids. Eight kids! Where is she going to find the time to take care of her kids and also do all the dancing and practicing for this show?

Does that look like a woman who has time to dance? Kate Gosselin starred in a “reality” show called John and Kate Plus Eight. Kate spent her time on the show telling us what a great mom she is. Now she gets to prove it by spending lots and lots of time away from her family as she tapes this show. Eventually, John (or is it Jon? I don’t care enough to check.) got fed up with having to deal with, I suspect, Kate, and took off for Bimini with a prostitute, which brings us to our next contestant…

Nicole Scherzinger.
Nicole is a member of something called “The Pussycat Dolls.” As far as I can figure, The Pussycat Dolls are a group of high-class escorts-turned mediocre pop stars.

Which one is Nicole? I don’t care but whichever one she is, I’m rooting for her.

Aiden Turner.
Jake Pavelka.
Two good looking TV guys. One is The Bachelor. The other is a soap star. I hate them both.

Erin Andrews.
Erin is a broadcaster for ESPN. She is most famous for the video someone shot of her through a hotel peephole. It showed her walking around her room naked. It became an internet hit, and Erin sued the guy who shot it, decrying the objectification of women, arguing that women are more than just sex objects, and how basing someone’s value on looks is ridiculous.

She will now star in a show where she will wear skimpy outfits that show off her legs and breasts. Nice going Erin.

She’s a hypocrite. Not that I’m complaining…

Niecy Nash.
Absolutely hysterical on Reno 911. A loud shrill harpy on The Insider.

Evan Lysacek.
This guy did something-or-other in the Olympics. Unless he was a hockey player I wouldn’t know him. Maybe he was a skeet shooter. Could be he was a figure skater or one of those luge guys. I dunno. Was a curler? Is that it? A curler?

I can’t wait for this show to start so I can have some extra time away from my TV set to get some reading done.

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