Two cents from a "not your average feminist":
Originally posted by halfoldman
Somehow this is thought to empower women. So, living up to every lowly sexual stereotype makes women equal?
Equal to the stereotype of the oversexed, ripped abs, obsessed with sports, power and success male counterpart - sure, why not?
Just because these folks work on that level doesn't make them any less human. It's just a different set of influencing factors that makes them
gravitate towards one another. Birds of a feather, so to speak.
Femininity is increasingly associated with frivolity, or stupidity.
Why do so many women colude with their own oppression?
It's immediate gratification. A little makeup, haristyle, some revealing clothing and voila! Instant attention. Work it while you've got it.
Physical and emotional and mental maturity don't always move at the same rate for everyone - and some never grow out of certain stages.
It's a character flaw, when imbalanced - but I know several girls who go to immense amounts of time and effort to gain their visage. They've got it
down to an art and science. They're also very nice people.
Why is the pimp/ho imagery celebrated?
Human sexuality/sensuality comes in many sizes, shapes and flavors. Take the lowest common denominator and surround it with the material trappings of
youth, percieved wealth and prosperity and you're bound to catch attention.
It's an illusion, true - but a popular one.
Is this raunchy, sexually pushy female really what men want?
For some it's a passing fantasy, a one night stand or just a fling. Some never go beyond that phase, others make it a lifestyle. To each their
What is surprising is that the Bible-belt "red states" have the highest divorce figures, and the highest rating for this kinda "soft-porn".
"Bible-belt Red States" are also probably very high in working class demographics (I'm assuming here), and after a hard day at the job site, of
course the desire to lean towards something "different and exciting" to supplicate the drudgery of the day is going to be there. For men and women
Not to generalize, but men are highly visual creatures - women tend to get more emotionally involved - throw sexual attractiveness together in with
drama and you have a guarenteed audience.
As far as the divorce rates go, I'm willing to bet it has more to do with those who want the "illusion" so badly that some succumb to the lustful
temptations, and lose sight of the beauty of their domestic partnerships.
It's kind of sad really - that some folks go down that road...but in the same respect, I can't really blame the people born with the "good"
genetics and the industry willing to capitalize off their exhibitionism.
I do, however, feel saddened that so many people are allowing themselves to lose sight of inherent human beauty and relationships in favor of said
stereotypes...but that's the path many have chosen.
*edit - clarity, spelling
[edit on 11/11/09 by GENERAL EYES]