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Monday, September 25, 2006

What the hell happened to women?

You all must have noticed that women have drastically changed in the past 20 years. It isn't that feminism is dead, per se, it's more like feminism is kinda hibernating, waiting for someone to stand up and bring it back to life eventually.

Instead of smart, thinking women as role models, we've got Paris Hilton, who admitted she's dumb. We've got a bunch of dim-witted celebs, and we've got Oprah. Me, I'm not groovin' on this example of feminism at it's best, 2006-style. I don't like what my daughter has picked up on as being important to women. She can name about a million designers, pick out a pair of jeans on another woman's butt from 20 paces and name the brand, tell whether a purse is a real or fake Louis Vuitton, and name every actress on every TV show she's ever watched. But she cannot tell me about the reproductive rights debate, or the glass-ceiling issue at the workplace.

Lately, there's a lot of press, blogging and media, about the Brazilian. Who has one (Lindsey Lohan), who is getting one, who has tried one and said never again, and best of all, whether it's a full, landing strip, or arty design. It's alarming but amazing to me that an entire generation of women want to go back to looking like prepubescent girls. How did THIS become a fashion statement? I'm not against a bit of a trim and a cleanup in the bikini area during the summer when it's not all that cool to have a beard hanging out the sides of your bathing suit. Heck, I'm right there with you. But having some complete stranger waxing my cootchie? Nope, not gonna happen in this lifetime. But it is happening a lot on teenage girls, and that bothers me.

Maybe, just maybe, this new product will be the next fashion statement for those women of a 'certain age' who need a bit of a vajayjay overhaul. Because we all know how important it is to look like a natural redhead not only on top of your head, but where the truth is revealed.

Gack! What the heck is wrong with women that we feel the need to dye our pubic hair, for those that still have public hair. When did the pubic area become an area that needed updating and change in order to be appealing? I've heard that labiaplasty (NSFW) is the latest must-have plastic surgery. We're cutting and waxing and dying our way back to being a tweenager, prepubsecent and supposidly sexier. Isn't this akin to admitting that men are more attracted to very young girls, so we need to make ourselves over to appeal to this depravity?

Why do I think Germaine Greer is rolling over in her grave whilst Gloria Steinham is working on a new radio venture and has yet to face this crisis amongst women? We need a new hero, women. And it isn't gonna be Condoleeza Rice or Anne Coulter. We need someone to represent women. Any suggestions?
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Blogger Becky68 said...

I went & got a blogger ID just because I HAD to comment on this, you are so right, my 16 year old is more than a little odd by her peers standards because she is interested in politics, doesn't take any crap from guys & belives that her opinions & rights are equal to the boy's.
Only 1 of her friends is anywhere near as feminist as she is & the rest just giggle & laugh at the idea that anything a guy can do they can do too!
As for the brazilian, yeah, not my cup of tea either!

26/9/06 1:58 PM  
Blogger Gina R Johnson said...

Gad! Are you serious? Labiaplasty...? Hmmmm. Anyway, interesting post. I'm a "throwback" to a different day and age, I guess. I grew up during the 70's & 80's, but one thing I'm grateful for, I had a lot of women in their 60's and upward to mentor me and teach me what womanhood was about. I guess if we had more of those kind with that "mother wit" and wisdom that comes with life experience, it would help a lot. I'm endeavoring to be that kind of woman.

26/9/06 4:37 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

I checked out the labiaplasty site. Why isn't the way we were born good enough? I'm one of those who could be a candidate for the surgery--if I thought there was something wrong with me. I did think that for a long time until I saw pictures of the differences and realized that not everyone has a neat little slit with everything hidden inside.

26/9/06 4:42 PM  
Blogger itazurakko said...

Mostly a lurker here, but... I have HEARD, that there is a "hair/no hair" divide somewhere age 30 right now, when it comes to opinions about pubes on women. (Heck, it's come up on such illustrious sites as fark.com.)

One supposed reason is modern porn, which apparently features almost all shaven women for better viewing of the "action," and young people watching this and starting to think that what they see there, in this age of so much porn available easily on the internet, is normal and should be mimicked in real life. I suppose the idea is modern young people watching more modern porn and having less real-time action, but... I wouldn't know. I would think older people would see the new porn too, but who knows.

I've noticed the aversion to body hair of ANY kind on women, though. Various communities that feature photos of young women (myspace, tattoo galleries, sites with photos of people wearing clothes for sale, etc) will spawn some comments from other young women that have nothing to do with the tattoo or sale clothing in question but rather saying "gross! Why doesn't she shave her horrid hairy arms????" and the like, when I can barely even see the hair. Occasionally someone will ask how they can say that, and be told "hair is just so GROSS!"

Me, I'm a woman, over 30, with hair, and not planning to get rid of it!

26/9/06 6:51 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Wow. That labiaplasty site was freaky!

I wish appearance were less important, but it seems like it's becoming increasingly what women are judged by. Why is it not okay with society that we're both pretty and smart?!?!

26/9/06 8:36 PM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...

I've been thinking about this a LOT lately. Who are the female role models for the next generation? Gloria Steinem is still relevant, I think, but she's old. Ny niece, who is twenty, has never heard of her. But where are the alternatives? Not in the celebrity sphere. That young women want to emulate Paris Hilton is deeply, deeply disturbing.

Doesn't look good.

27/9/06 8:43 AM  
Blogger Eden said...

BUST usually has some good examples of feminism, more like everyday feminism instead of grand radical feminism (or whatever one wants to call it). So I would count the magazine's editor, Debbie Stoller, as a modern feminist.

When it comes to celebrities, there are women to be admired: Jamie Lee Curtis, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, etc.

Positive feminist role models are there. We just have to find them.

28/9/06 11:52 PM  

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