Monday, February 12, 2007

Tut tut, Girls Gone Wild, Tut Tut

I try not to be a cynic, but it seems to me that Newsweek is dishonest and hypocritical this week. Their cover feature on what they call misbehaved celebrity women is one big excuse to tell titillating stories and show risqué pictures.

I've recently come to be a strong opponent of pornography, and the coolification of porn. Paris Hilton (whose famous video I have NOT seen) and the "Girls Gone Wild" phenomenon--two role players in this bigger movement--are featured in Newsweek, along with Britney Spears and the like. Newsweek approaches the topic as if it were a public concern, asking "are we raising a generation of 'prosti-tots'?" In other words, are we celebrating pornographic behavior before a closely watching girlhood?

Of course we are! Every year in this country we are hard at work making pedophilia less of a taboo. The unstated goal behind so much of this Girls Gone Wild business is the sexual availability of girls for the public manhood. And Newsweek's wink-wink cover story did less than help the crisis. By collating a timeline (with pictures) of bad girls in Hollywood, they put themselves in the camp of celebrating objectification.

I know that I must be coming off as a grouch. But this is dangerous stuff!

Pamela Paul's seminal book Pornified called for us to "Censure, not Censor" peddlers of smut. That's what we've got to do here: Shame, Shame, Newsweek.

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7 Comments:

At 8:25 PM, February 13, 2007, Blogger Jenn said...

Be a grouch. You're absolutely right about this. Thank you for saying it.

 
At 12:56 PM, February 14, 2007, Blogger For now... said...

Amen! I didn't know about the Newsweek cover story. I bet this was Newsweek's way of getting in on the smut. I am raising boys and it is hard. How do you teach a boy not to look when these girls have it all out there? I am trying to teach my boys to look at, talk to, and talk about girls with respect. It is a horrible thing what society is doing to the girls of this culture. Unfortuanely, it is not only in Hollywood but in our own neighborhoods as well. These young girls are being misled into what/who a real woman is. I agree that this is dangerous for our young ladies and our young men.

 
At 4:56 PM, February 19, 2007, Anonymous Paul Grant said...

I think almost no teenage girls or college age women really, really understand how powerful male sexual drives are. Accordingly, they behave and dress in dangerous ways, out of that ignorance. I recently saw a 14-ish looking girl at my church wearing a shirt that said: "looking for a meaningful overnight relationship". I bet she really had no clue what she was saying.

 
At 11:50 AM, March 20, 2007, Blogger jenjimin said...

besides the actor stephen baldwin, (the celebrity that stood up against sleezy adult video shops) not enough men are standing up for rights for men and women. Call it entertainment or just being prude, but the more we accept things as the norm, we let beautiful concept of sexuality not something sacred; just cheap.

 
At 1:36 AM, January 23, 2008, Blogger Bethany Grace said...

I'm 20 years old and I'm tired of the smut. I'm tired of looking at my fellow young women letting everything hang out and being ashamed for them. I'm tired of hearing dirty sexual talk everywhere I go. I'm tired of seeing it in movies for absolutely no good reason. I'm tired of it being the subject of every joke and comedy routine. I'm tired of seeing young girls shamed into flaunting their sexuality for fear of seeming "repressed" or "stuffy." I'm tired of the young men who have been mislead by the media into believing that every girl just loves a one night stand.

My mother taught me that sex is beautiful and sacred. I feel as if the media has tried to mentally rape me (and I don't even watch TV most of the time. I just live with the people who are products of the tube every day).

I want the beauty back. I want the mystery in the sacred back. I want my innocence back. I want my dignity back. I want to feel that the average man on the street would protect me; not use me.

Please keep being grouchy.

 
At 1:38 AM, July 09, 2008, Blogger Darvin said...

Girls Gone Wild is a total rip off. I do not share men’s affection with porn. That is why I think this is a kind of abuse. And they still order products, complain about inconveniences and delivery misunderstandings. What sick people started it?

 
At 8:25 AM, July 17, 2008, Blogger Lesly said...

Hello! Your blog is rather interesting. I have nothing positive to say about Girls Gone Wild. I have always been against such types of sites. But when I saw it on www.pisedconsumer.com I was astonished. The thing is that it has so many customers! Unbeliveble! And even they are dissatisfied taking into consideration the amount of negative reports posted by the customers.

 

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