Friday, December 08, 2006

Ka-BLOG Day 13: "Uncovered meat" or "Girl gone wild"?

It's Day 13 of the 16 Days campaign & Take back the Tech. Tonight's subject: SEX!

Ok, har har har...I've got your attention. Like shooting fish in a barrel, isn't it?

A lot of seemingly disparate stories have been gnawing at me lately. The only common thread is that they concern women's bodies.

An Australian cleric, Sheik Taj Aldin al-Hilali:
If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside on the street, or in the garden, or in the park, or in the backyard without cover, and the cats come to eat it...whose fault is it, the cats' or the uncovered meat? The uncovered meat is the problem. If she was in her room, in her home, in her hijab, no problem would have occurred.
Ariel Levy (author of "Female Chauvinist Pigs") describes life as a woman in a Girls Gone Wild culture:
Hot has replaced beautiful as the ultimate compliment and hot, according to Levy, means "f--kable" even when you're not -- legally, or inclined to. One of the strangest things about the rise of raunch, she argues, is the separation between how young women look today -- sporting more cleavage at family functions than most Hollywood stars of yore did at the Oscars -- and their actual desires or sexual activity. Women today, Levy says, are not more in touch with their sexuality as a result of all this display, and in fact they may even be less so. "It's about inauthenticity and the idea that women should be constantly exploding in little bursts of exhibitionism. It's an idea that female sexuality should be about performance and not about pleasure."
Playboy editor on trial in Indonesia:
Editor-in-chief, Erwin Arnada, has argued Playboy was good for developing a pluralistic society in Indonesia. But the prosecution told the South Jakarta court that the edition was lewd and broke the law, alleging that Mr Arnada selected revealing pictures of female models in underwear, some showing partially exposed breasts.
[...]"Photos, drawings and articles in Playboy Indonesia magazine were results of the defendant's selection. They were unsuitable for civility and could arouse lust among readers so they violated feelings of decency," said prosecutor Resni Muchtar, who is demanding the maximum sentence.
"The models also had inviting expressions on their faces," he added.
A female-female impersonator? Meet "The World Famous *BOB*":
Inspired by Drag Queens I set out from the farm to San Francisco to "run with the wolves". Ten years later I find myself bumpin' and grindin' with some of the current Burlesque scenes top shelf dolls all over the world.
A self described female-female impersonator, I've held on to the roots of Drag.
You know, maybe *BOB* (if that is her real name) is onto something here. What is sexuality for women, if not play-acting?

What is indecency if not uncovered (female) "meat"?

Truly? Seriously?!

I will never forget the giant Victoria's Secret display I saw in Denver, six years ago. It wasn't even particularly shocking, as far as lingerie ads go, but it sure caught my friend by surprise. You see, my friend's a father of a (then 2 year old) girl and all he could say was, "that is somebody's daughter!"

Sure, she's your daughter now...but in 10-15 yrs?
Play-acting meat.

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