Sunday, August 2, 2009

I Am Woman, Watch Me Bleed

They're at it again. Barney's Manhattan recently took down a display of female mannequins being murdered (including fake blood spattered on the windows) after customers complained. (I won't link to the photos, 'cause I find them repulsive, but you can see them, along with more intelligent commentary than I'm capable of at the moment, over on "Shapely Prose.")
Meanwhile, previews for the new "G.I. Joe" movie have been airing. Once again we have buff young guys in full body armor and skinny young women in push-up bras, body-hugging leather, high heels, and seemingly no protective gear whatsoever.
Seems like kind of a raw deal, to me. I mean, the guys get to work out and get strong AND wear armor, while the women have to take their chances. And have you TRIED running in heels?!?!?! I'd say those ladies are at a distinct disadvantage. (Oh, and they apparently fall into bed with the guys, as well. 'Cause everyone knows we simply CANNOT work with men without sleeping with them.)
Even once reputable shows like the "Law & Order" franchise are stooping to repeated and unnecessary shots of women, alive and dead, in various stages of undress. Usually in lacy underwear, often talking on the phone. I don't know about you, but I have never sat around my home in expensive lingerie just to chat on the phone. Even when I was in my 20's and lived in New York.
Go figure.
(But then, I've never been to a slumber party where we wore lingerie and had slow-motion pillow fights. Usually they consisted of flannel jammies, too much sugar, and seances.)
And don't even get me started on those "hot girl eating a burger" ads!
Finally, we have the online game "Evony." (Again, linked on "Shapely Prose.") Apparently the original ad, featuring a knight in full armor, wasn't cutting it (no pun intended). The site "Sociological Images" has the de-evolution of the ad campaign, which ends up just being a pair of lace-encased breasts. And the tagline "Play in secret NOW!" Apparently, there aren't even ANY female characters in the game, let alone underwear-clad ones.
Such a disappointment, I'm sure.
Honestly, ya go online at work for a bit of porn, and end up with a video game full of fully-clad men!!!!! What is the world coming to?!?!?!
OK, enough. I'm gonna stick to books.


Charlotte said...

Hahah - your description of sleepovers is exactly how I remember them too! Plus homemade orange juliuses:) I'll take a pass on the movies - tks for the heads up!

azusmom said...

MMMMMM....Orange Julius!!!!