Sure, we’ve got some obvious character archetypes going here. But I’m loving it anyway.
10 Commandments of Pop Culture Feminism [Feminist Fatale]
These are weirdly addictive. I can’t quite figure out why they are so calming.
juicystar07 is Blair, a girl from Texas who makes her own videos.* I recently found out Mia is also a fan, and I’ve convinced Jessie and Alex that she’s great also. There is something weirdly soothing about her videos — watching her put on make-up is so relaxing, and she’s weirdly relatable, despite the fact that we have little to nothing in common. She’s a bit of an internet sensation, so I’m not alone in my interest. Lauren also says I should watch the informational video that comes with the Bare Essential’s make-up kit, because “There’s a lot of swirl, tapping and buffing. I suggest doing something like folding clothes while you do it.” Since folding clothes is basically the most calming activity there is, and I evidently find watching people put on make-up to produce a similar vibe, I guess we can either conclude that a) I secretly wish I was a homemaker or b) magazines are prescriptive for a reason: it’s what people want.
*Her sister Ellie is more my age and has a video channel as well, but for some reason they’re way less appealing. I can’t quite figure out why.
My Dad sent me this link, as I tend to not peruse HuffPost too much because they have some really dumb articles amongst their worthy ones; they seem to have overloaded their content and dumbed it down in recent years. HOWEVER: I’m so glad I didn’t miss this. Hoda and Kathie Lee are so entertaining — it always seems like they’re drunk on the show (in this one, the fact that they are on the air without any make-up seems to warrant their drinking at 10 am). Also, Hoda can clearly barely tolerate Kathie Lee much of the time, which I find completely legitimate.
Aside from the early morning drinking, this is a “special” episode, centered around what the women “actually” look like. As stated before, Hoda and Kathie Lee are not wearing make-up, and are joined by number of other anchors and correspondants . This is just the latest in a slew of advertisements, articles, spreads, television shows, etc. that are using the “natural” look of their participants market themselves. There’s no problem with this per se, it just seems to be so obviously capitalistic and not particularly helpful to the consumers. Yes, going through the amount of work it takes to make Hoda and Kathie Lee look the way they look everyday on the show is informative. But making an episode of a show, or an issue of a magazine “special” because the women involved are barely wearing make-up, or are plus-size, isn’t really interesting. What would be interesting would be if there were a variety of images presented to the American public; some with models who were heavily made-up, others without. As discussed in my recent Britney Spears for Candies post, different types of women’s bodies would be helpful too. The problem isn’t the illusion; it’s only having that illusion and nothing else. Maybe then, choices would made based more on what fit the tone of the image, and Hoda and Kathie Lee wouldn’t have to show us how much make-up they put on to be on television. And Kathie Lee wouldn’t have to exclaim to another anchor, “You look beautiful!”, as if it’s some sort of surprise that this could be possible.
Thanks, Mr. Kay:
“The model that I had in my head was ‘Loose Lips Sink Ships,’ ” Mr. Kay said. “I wasn’t born during World War II, but I sure knew the phrase and so did everybody else.”
Ah yes, fear-mongering and propaganda: Actions from our nation’s history we should really be repeating.
I’ve recently happened upon two blogs that are dealing with the issue of women’s appearance, and grappling with how or if we should give it the time of day. One is Helen Razer’s blog Bad Hostess, and the other is a woman from Virginia who’s unnamed, but describes herself as “A writer by day, beauty school student by night.”
Razer, a Austrailian-based writer and radio personality, has a biting wit which I appreciate. But her one post that has been pretty violently attacked, was entitled “Britney, Bikinis & Bougeois ‘Body Image’ Feminism.” Right from the get-go, I feared I would not agree with Razer. The very title of her post seemed to contradict much of what I’ve been arguing for the past year (mainly, that the biggest problem facing feminism is not pay discrepancy or even reproductive rights, but the deeply-rooted inequalities seen in the relationships that men and women have with the way they look, the way they should look, and the ramifications these answers have for all lives).
Razer starts off by discussing Britney Spears, who has recently been praised for releasing an unedited photo of herself alongside the retouched ad photo, from her latest campaign for Candies. Razer says:
“My own view is that such “real”, “bold” images are every bit as useful to the ongoing feminist struggle as, say, a discount voucher for a push-up bra. Pictures of gorgeous ladies looking a little less gorgeous than they normally might serve no real civic purpose beyond selling product.
I recall an era when feminism’s purview was not limited to banging on about the need for more fat chicks in glossy magazines. While others fight for the right to force-feed Kate Moss, I continue antique fretting over equal pay, domestic violence and federal representation. At 40, I am old and clearly out of step with a movement that demands Size 14 representation. And, at 40, I am quite inured to life in a nation that tolerates only the merest debate on feminism.”
In her comments, Razer does explain that she does believe that “bodies are central to debate.” But I think we can’t just consider these issues frivolous. The bigger problem is, of course, why Britney Spears has to take her clothes off to sell shoes in the first place. But the bigger, bigger issue is, what are the really unnoticed differences we perceive between men and women that we don’t consider on a daily basis? That’s why I think these issues matter. It’s not because of individual problems with body image. It’s about looking at why these things matter to us in the first place, and how they are dividing people. That’s why blogs like The Beauty School Project: because they’re “An investigation into the price we pay for pretty.” And it’s the “why?” behind that price is fascinating, and potentially revelatory.
Can’t get enough of these two
Create Your Own Superhero [Marvel]
Except I want one with fins…
There are a number of parody videos of these commercials on youtube, which leads me to believe that I’m not alone in my love for them. The varieties of “Baby Come Back” and “Love Stinks” were good, but this ad campaign is the gift that just keeps on giving