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CoverGirls & Unpacking Queer Politics: the female tokenized underclass as usual

June 9, 2009

The  multi-plex previews include an ad by out and family-friendly lesbian entertainer Ellen DeGeneres pimping for a major cosmetics company.  One  online report includes the following images about the sexualized commodity politics of feminizing the faces and bodies of women:


Photo’s tag line:  “Ellen-a CoverGirl spokesmodel?! It’s true, snitching spies told the New York Post on Tuesday.

The 50-year-old Emmy-winning talk show host has inked a deal to appear as the face of CoverGirl makeup in a forthcoming ad campaign, according to a new report. Ellen is “shooting the campaign this week,” an insider says. “She must have gotten at least $1 million for it.” [Online screen continued the hawt-ness with the following]

Everywhere you go online, scantily clad and make-up wearing women are “hawt” and “hottest,” and other women wanting desperately to be men also apparently “hawt” in the unequal roles and rules of man’s war against womankind.  Last month in NYC somebody I knew in LA wowed crowds with her ability as a drag king to  perform “gendered” as a man:

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Photo’s tag line:  “World-renowned gender illusionist Dred [who still went by Mildred when I knew her (Jude’s note)] brought crowds to their feet last week after her performance in Wow Cafe’s Hypergender Burlesque show in NYC.”

One sad part is that the global culture’s entertainment over-focus on maleness as higher-caste status (and the subordinate classism of  feminization) has resulted in a bit of performing glory for a few while oppression continues against so many more women.

To excerpt again from  University of Melbourne’s professor Sheila Jeffreys (and author of Unpacking Queer Politics:  A Lesbian Feminist Perspective among her other great books on the global politics of sexuality), as social commentary:

FTM Transsexualism and Grief, By Sheila Jeffreys

In “Pornography and Grief” Andrea Dworkin writes very powerfully about the impact upon her of having to look at so much pornography in order to write about it. The horror of the pain, destruction, and just pure run of the mill hatred towards women inspired grief in her (Dworkin, Letters from a War Zone, 1988). I have looked at the websites aimed at and created by female-to-male transsexuals (now fashionably called transgenders). I have experienced considerable distress from witnessing the destruction of female body parts, the pain, the blood and cutting up that is being visited presently on women who, often by their own admission, would, a few years previously, have considered themselves simply lesbians but are now ‘transitioning’ (to use the jargon). … My response [to ask why] is very different from that of most queer theorists, liberal public policymakers and lawyers who are busily working out how to `respect’ or `celebrate’ the choice and agency of transsexuals by changing laws and policies.

… Loree Cook-Daniels found FTM [female-to-male] transsexualism to be surprisingly common in her circle of lesbian friends in the US once she started asking around in response to her partner’s decision to become a ‘transman.’ … FTM transsexualism destroys the lesbianism not just of the woman who ‘transitions’ but that of her female partner too. Sadly, Cook-Daniels’ FTM partner committed suicide in 2000.

…I understand transitioning to become `gay men’ to illustrate the almost total dominance of gay male culture and gay male versions of masculinity within ‘queer’ communities. In Drag King shows, now sweeping Australia as they have the US and the UK, lesbians tend to dress up specifically as masculine gay men and seek to outdo each other in the imitation.

…`Butch’ lesbians who choose to be gay men do not have functioning penises, phalloplasties are very expensive, enormously painful and do not erect, thus they become `bottoms’ in gay male sexual practice.

This contemporary epidemic or cult of female-to-male transsexualism needs to be placed within its historical and political context in the oppression of lesbians. The vast majority of the women who ‘transition’ have identified as lesbians, or at least lived within the lesbian community and conducted relationships with lesbians. The attribution of masculinity to lesbians historically has formed a major tool of control. Lesbian feminists in the 1970s developed a sophisticated critique of the ways in which masculine scholarship and culture sought to disparage or disappear lesbians by portraying them as masculine or really wanting to be men. Many lesbians in the 1980s/90s rejected the understandings of feminism and developed fashionable sadomasochism and butch/femme roleplaying out of which the phenomenon of FTM transsexualism has arisen.

The reasons given by lesbians for their decisions to ‘transition’ in books such as Holly Devor’s FIM. Female-to-Male Transsexuals in Society (1999) in Loren Cameron’s Body Alchemy (1996) and the collection Sissies and Tomboys (Rottnek (ed) 1999) derive quite clearly from their oppression as lesbians and as women [Jude’s note:  when they’re not pretty-privileged, family-friendly, exceptionally funny, cosmetics-wearing, lucky-in-love-and-money lesbians like Ellen DeGeneres] … Manhood is attractive because it represents higher social status and an individual escape from the oppression of lesbians and women without any social change. But manhood is a social construction which requires the continued creation of femininity and the oppression of the vast majority of women to have any meaning.

So FTM transsexualism is a problem for all women who want to change the power relations of male dominance rather than engage in surgical social climbing. But it is most spectacularly a problem for lesbians because it is lesbians who are suffering the agony and the expense. … We must challenge those forms of self-harm which are presently being promoted as progressive and liberating such as butch/femme roleplaying, sadomasochistic self-mutilation and the instruments, drugs and surgeries now being used to enable lesbians to ‘transition.’ Though there has tended to be an attitude of liberal tolerance towards these practices on the part of many lesbians, which has allowed them to flourish, there has come a time when the very serious consequences of what have never really been ‘playful’ behaviours needs to be recognised. …” Source of Sheila Jeffreys quoted words from Rain and Thunder Summer Solstice 2002; an extended version of this piece forms one chapter of her book, Unpacking Queer Politics: A lesbian feminist perspective; an earlier version of this piece was published in Lesbian Network in Australia, April 2001.

It’s not playful, it’s not funny, it’s not okay for the longest war continually to man-ipulate womankind.

The least funny part may be how easily so-called “free will” — promoted as an ego construct and source of false pride by self-serving man-made religious theory long before the era of mass-media mental programming — can be co-opted by cosmetics payola and drag-king approval.

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If you doubt there’s a longest war …

June 6, 2009

Collectively the images here show the longest war, so if you have any doubt, go to prior month’s archives including a click to “older entries.”  Also check out the iconic super-male Hugh Jackman.  He’s super-hawt in his all-inclusive sexuality for normalizing focus on the physical body yet, being male, he usually wears a tux or power suit to cover all but his head and hands (thinking and take-action instruments) when seen in public.  The super-suit preserves the power image of the  overlord icon.

Not that Hugh Jackman is necessarily conscious of the social impact while he’s in the limelight raking in money.  But the rest of us need to ask how our minds are being manipulated in the name of others making a buck.

Ask not how hawt the he-man (any him, Him, He or hymn), but ask how to protect yourself because forewarned is forearmed.    What you don’t know can hurt you in the longest war.  Today’s “Scoop” for a male-dominant icon in summer 2009 theaters as  Wolverine —   Hugh Jackman  wielding the tarot card of “Death” while speaking down to a rapt, silent  young woman:

Scoop [dvd] [ws/dolby Digital 2.0 Mono/english Sdh/fr/span] (universal)

Other male-dominant images of media icons old and new shaping popular culture from  May 2009 older entries (prior posts):

Real vs. reel man (Kung Fu Myth)

June 4, 2009

“David Carradine, ‘Kung Fu’ Star, Dies in Bangkok, Nation Reports

By Charlotte Porter

[Socially critiqued excerpt from] June 4 (Bloomberg) — David Carradine, who starred in the television series “Kung Fu” and appeared in the movie “Kill Bill,” was found dead in a Bangkok hotel room, The Nation reported, citing police. Police suspect suicide, The Nation said. He was 72.

Last Updated: June 4, 2009 09:47 EDT

Blog Critique:  In the longest war, womankind must be shown in the harshest (or hawt-est) light possible, while the trashy truth about men must be sanitized, glorified and constantly spun by media, as pictured above, as pictured and described in this blog in general.

David Carradine, case in point.  Follow the circle of the media disinformation about David Carradine as bearing on the daily programming to prop up a falsely high self-esteem in the social gender class of maledom (compared to which womankind remains the one-down class).

After David Carradine was found at the end of a rope, apparent suicide by hanging (imagine that picture of somebody who could not save himself, much less be a male protector against other men for  any woman), mass media today shows him  in a tux (reel lie).  Not that we’d want to see him hanging from the rope (real truth), but the reel lie in a tux perpetuates the mystique of the sharp-dressed man, a tux being a power suit, a hero’s garb.

In general today’s news reports that link David Carradine with death at his own hand by self-hanging do not also link him to the Kung Fu TV show which iconically featured him as a man of great peace and wisdom (reel lie).  Generally today’s news that links the dead David Carradine with Kung Fu does not identify that he apparently hanged himself in his luxury Thai hotel room, but instead shows him smiling, alive and in a tux.  Another big suit.  Another falsely believed and falsely posited super man.  Another lie in the longest war.

Longest-war propaganda power of every movie (and TV show)

May 24, 2009

Males dominant before the woman placement — or absence of women doing anything brave, intelligent or innovative in the typical blockbuster story media — conveys the message:

(1)  Which people (men) are  important for Angels & Demons (category, religion),

(2) Which people (men) are important for  Star Trek  (category science, Ohura being mainly an object of kissing at the transporter),

(3)  Which people (women) TV prefers to feature for almost naked characters who are not friends, and

(4) Which people (men) are pitched as being most lovable in general by everybody.

The impressions of today’s programming (a picture says  1,000 words) —

In man’s war against womankind, this day, every day, movies, TV and their characters are triple-whammy mental programming (as if the images aren’t enough):

(1) Images — full color, high definition pictures with motion’s impact;

(2) Language — vocalization to capture thought; and

(3) Music and sound-images (crashing, bashing, cooing, etc.) for heightened mental impression and creation of story’s stored memory.

Added to the above programming are the daily media headline lies of omission about who in general is doing the most violence to whom:

5-24-09 online headlines (representative examples)

Ore. mom accused in river drowning of 4-year-old”  [source:  AP]

[She may have drowned her son in a river, although  it is not yet clear if he fell in or got pushed]

2 killed, 6 hurt in Ariz graduation party shooting” [source:  AP]

[A man intentionally and irrevocably killed a woman (his ex-wife), killed a man, and injured six others with his gun, about whom the provided details are only that one was a police officer and two were boys]

Media Attempts to Cripple Womankind in Worship of Sons and Falsely Promised Saviors

May 24, 2009
CARLOS  BY CARLOS SANTANA Women's Appeal SandalShe can barely walk with an even gait into the movie theater wearing internet-hyped shoes of this type, and when she gets there she will see:

Male images rule as usual (5-23-09) in media emphasis

  • Weekend Movie Roundup

    Weekend Movie Roundup

    ‘Terminator Salvation’ and ‘Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.’

Male icons from Hollywood to Bollywood, young sons to even younger sons who get the focus of attention

  • 'The Last Airbender' Photos

This silent smile also denotes the war …

May 18, 2009
The WordPress login screen (5-17-09) showed this photo (silent smile) of a woman celebrating men’s lives by watching (because by male cultural definition she’s supposed to care about) the Greatest Bromances Of All Time.

Man-made culture doesn’t even have a name for woman-to-woman friendship equivalent to bromance, and there are no movies that come to mind (with the exception of the regrettable demise of Thelma and Louise, but hey, the movie makers might be thinking, Beautiful Bro Brad Pitt was there, so hey, “all’s fair in [don’t call it]  love and war.”)

Pretty clear in 2009, isn’t it, that sex with us men on terms equal to our own libidos (ex., “save a horse, ride a cowboy”) hasn’t given to women the cinematic stories, or the rights to their own company, equivalent to what men take as a given for being the self-defined only people on the planet who really matter?

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Spoken only as a bro who’s tired of lance, bromance and this idiotic dance of the longest war.