Look Pretty for the Camera

Sometimes you read something and just want to share. Well, at least, I do. This morning it was reading about Yolanda Dominguez‘s photography project Poses. In short, she highlights the absurdity of fashion magazine photographs by having real, everyday women recreate the poses in their real, everyday settings. Genius! For example, when was the last time you, your girlfriends, sisters, mothers, aunts,and neighbors looked like this?

Now, I think it would be great to see a men’s version of this project. Women aren’t the only ones poked, prodded, and preened to look a certain way. Talk about it taking a village to raise a child, it takes a couture village to create fashion models! I haven’t seen many poses like this in my classrooms at C.C.:

For more information about Poses you can read and see more at Bust Magazine.


Men’s Magazines and Rape?

For the umpteenth time– why are we a culture that tells women not to get raped instead of telling men not to rape?

A recent study at the University of Surrey reports that the sex advice given in men’s magazines or British lad mags like FHM and Loaded is hard to distinguish from comments made by convicted rapists. As Jezebel reports the University’s finding will soon be published in the British Journal of Psychology. Among the many disturbing results the study found was that “most men who took part in the study identified themselves more with the language expressed by the convicted rapists.”

How would you do on the quiz?

1. There’s a certain way you can tell that a girl wants to have sex . . . The way they dress, they flaunt themselves.

2. Some girls walk around in short-shorts . . . showing their body off . . . It just starts a man thinking that if he gets something like that, what can he do with it?

3. A girl may like anal sex because it makes her feel incredibly naughty and she likes feeling like a dirty slut. If this is the case, you can try all sorts of humiliating acts to help live out her filthy fantasy.

4. Mascara running down the cheeks means they’ve just been crying, and it was probably your fault . . . but you can cheer up the miserable beauty with a bit of the old in and out.

5. What burns me up sometimes about girls is dick-teasers. They lead a man on and then shut him off right there.

6. Filthy talk can be such a turn on for a girl . . . no one wants to be shagged by a mouse . . . A few compliments won’t do any harm either . . . ‘I bet you want it from behind you dirty whore’ . . .

7. You know girls in general are all right. But some of them are bitches . . . The bitches are the type that . . . need to have it stuffed to them hard and heavy.

8. Escorts . . . they know exactly how to turn a man on. I’ve given up on girlfriends. They don’t know how to satisfy me, but escorts do.

9. You’ll find most girls will be reluctant about going to bed with somebody or crawling in the back seat of a car . . . But you can usually seduce them, and they’ll do it willingly.

10. There’s nothing quite like a woman standing in the dock accused of murder in a sex game gone wrong . . . The possibility of murder does bring a certain frisson to the bedroom.

11. Girls ask for it by wearing these mini-skirts and hotpants . . . they’re just displaying their body . . . Whether they realise it or not they’re saying, ‘Hey, I’ve got a beautiful body, and it’s yours if you want it.’

12. You do not want to be caught red-handed . . . go and smash her on a park bench. That used to be my trick.

13. Some women are domineering, but I think it’s more or less the man who should put his foot down. The man is supposed to be the man. If he acts the man, the woman won’t be domineering.

14. I think if a law is passed, there should be a dress code . . . When girls dress in those short skirts and things like that, they’re just asking for it.

15. Girls love being tied up . . . it gives them the chance to be the helpless victim.

16. I think girls are like plasticine, if you warm them up you can do anything you want with them.

Questions originally provided by Middlesex University to Jezebel.com. Answers: 1. Rapist, 2. Rapist, 3. Magazine, 4. Magazine, 5. Rapist, 6. Magazine, 7. Rapist, 8. Magazine, 9. Rapist, 10. Magazine, 11. Rapist, 12. Magazine, 13. Rapist, 14. Rapist, 15. Magazine, 16. Magazine.

IN RELATED NEWS: The University of Vermont chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon has been closed indefinitely after it was discovered that the fraternity circulated a questionnaire to members asking them to rank the women they would prefer to rape.


Photo of the Week, 11 December 2011

“My sisters, my daughters, my friends– find your voice.” Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

From left to right: Tawakul Karman of Yemen, Leymah Gbowee and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize recipients for ‘their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.’


Photo of the Week, 23 October 2011

This week I had the opportunity to watch an incredible documentary called Miss Representation. It is a wonderfully robust look at all the ways in which women are objectified and mistreated in America, still, today. From advertising images that ‘sell’ women as sex objects to the nearly 1000 to 1 ratio of male to female governors in the United States, it calls on each of us to make changes for women in this country. Many of the issues addressed in the documentary are issues I’ve discussed on this very site. In light of this latest addition to the conversation about the state of women in the States, I thought I’d add another photo to highlight the struggles still ongoing between the genders.

Model Katie Halchishick as Barbie, via plastic surgery


Back to school; back to gender politics

This article from The New York Times highlights the ways in which our college campuses are reinforcing dangerous gender roles and expectations.

For the Yale boys who shouted “No means yes.” It doesn’t. And “Yes” sure as hell doesn’t mean what you said it does. I would’ve thought your Ivy League education would’ve taught you better.