Archive for the ‘Pornification of Culture’ Category

“He’s Back” requiring “Coffee, Tea or Me” for flight attendants (red dress pleasure for patriarchs)

July 12, 2009

Somehow — has it been decades of mass media mind-manipulation, sexual trauma masquerading as fun “kink,” or something in the water — women’s rights have regressed to the point of culturally normalizing that women who work for a living with their clothes on must also be sexy at work by male standards.

  • FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 4, 2005  file photo, a read treated taffeta wrap AP – FILE – … from the Delta [Airlines/flight attendant uniform] collection …

By this men are generally are saying to women:  Put on your red dress, baby — that’s mainly what you’re good for (at least until you’re pregnant, or over 40, or have put on a few pounds as most men have felt free to do by age 30 if not before).

Men are also generally saying:   And before the things we think are un-sexy happen to your body, while you’re working at the airlines or wherever on the safety-and-service aspects of your job, by all mean if you’re slim enough, we want to see you bend over and stre-e-e-tch in your red dress, baby.

We can thank the AP (and Dan Klores Communications) for the photo above, but where’s the social commentary by AP or other reporters about this woman-hating regression which demonstrates as a red-dress uniform for major airline flight attendants? In a global economic world where Delta beat its pilots’ pensions by U.S. bankruptcy court re-structuring, do we believe the merger of one unionized set of flight attendants with Delta’s non-unionized flight attendants will turn this sexual objectification around for women who work and hope to keep their jobs?  This weekend’s news includes  brouhaha over the red dress but if you googled it all over the internet, you would not see any comprehensive mainstream analysis of this  sexualizing of women’s bodies at work as being wrong.

Combine this sexification trend for working women with what Governor Schwarzenegger is doing this season in California:  Schwarzenegger.   (For context, I seem to recall high status women with high status Hollywood husbands publicly supporting the Governator when struggling Hollywood actress types came forward to divulge Schwarzenegger’s tendency to grope female bodies in the workaday world.  But maybe I just saw that in a movie.)

Jude Dude Bottom Line:  If “he” generically represents the patriarchy (what men want on men’s terms for the benefit of men), then he’s  really ba-a-a-a-ck.

Nemesis as Prayer for the People in our Troubled Time

June 21, 2009

The well-credentialed author of the book, Nemesis — named for the Greek Goddess who used Her righteous anger to destroy arrogance, hubris and oppression — suggests that the American republic has gone down so far an imperialist path since World War II, the necessary corrective workings  of Nemesis will be financial ruin (if we can avoid nuclear war).  Since the book’s publication a couple of years ago, the increasingly negative globalization of dominant political economies — and today’s headlines — reflect a time of challenge so great we might all unite in prayer or consciousness beyond religious and secular viewpoints, beyond blue and red, beyond our own opinions.

But how to unite for ending oppression in our time?  Being American by birth, let me start with the people I know best.

Americans  have long been praying (some would say preying)  — something all male-dominant systems seem to share in political common.  Our versions of God as male deity don’t seem to be helping or bringing an end to evil; neither does false hope for believers only to be beamed up during armageddon. For that reason, why not try praying that Nemesis end the reign of global oppression — and clear the way for an end to the domination and submission modeled at its roots in the gender war that’s the longest war of all.

Wrap up your invocation to Nemesis in the name of Jesus and the power of Christ if you want; the red-letter reported words of biblical gospels show Jesus cursing political hypocrites with “woe.”

Judaism and other mainstream religions similarly have plenty in their history to allow the cursing of oppressors  — all in the self-defensive  name of freedom.

Spin it for the people and not for the politicians, and we might use our religious heritage to help free ourselves.   Harriett Tubman did that with her Underground Railroad.  Can we affort to do less?

As one image of  female body type that’s not a pornification of culture, Nemesis as Goddess has been pictured  like this:

https://i2.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/61/Alfred_Rethel_002.jpg (Nemesis, by Alfred Rethel, 1837.  Her name is from the Greek word meaning, “to give what is due.”)

“Demonic Males”: Science text by a Harvard man about males and male-dominator violence

June 12, 2009

Demonic Males:  Does the title say it all?  (Not demonic as in woo-woo religion but demonically bad behavior from an anthropological and zoological standpoint of research by top-level scientific male minds.)  In a male-violent world like ours  …

… could the answer to surviving and thriving  be as simple as to put women in charge?    More from Harvard  on the subject:  http://www.harvardmag.com/jf97/right.chimp.html.  But seriously, in a world like ours, how is putting women in charge going  to happen when the big-3 man-God religions which subordinate womankind have now been invoked by President Obama as a field of unification among men worldwide from Christian, Jewish and Islamic cultures? For days I made cell-phone calls for the guy using my laptop in his e-campaign to win swing states, and my daughter still holds on to the hope —  but I’m starting to wonder if the girls are once again going to be sold out by the big boys’ club.  Click to the prior post about the problem in the category, “President Obama.”

As to Demonic Males in general as a global gender group, it is my job on this blog to say more, so after reading the book it’s my commentary that:  (1)  the s/he hyena analysis of Demonic Males seemed far-fetched toward a male author’s need to implicate the females of some species in evolutionary violence, and (2) the analysis of buddy-bonded bands of bisexual female bonobos seemed skewed to say less about primate sisterhood than an anthropomorphized sort of soft-core primate-porn.
A University of Oxford zoologist reviewed Demonic Males (with a Harvard anthropologist its lead author) this way for the New York TimesGoing Ape – The New York Times

The world of CoverGirl Ellen’s Ex

June 10, 2009

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Check the billboard in the “normal” landscape, and ask yourself:  Whose  faces, whose bodies are normalized as the subordinated class to be what “gentlemen”  want?  Do you ever see billboard images of male faces in make-up, men in come-hither  poses for sex clubs, even so much as silhouettes of a nude male body in broadcast on the public-street space where you run errands?  Talk about the insanity of normality.

Today’s social commentary against People magazine’s backdrop:  “When they were together, [Anne] Heche and [Ellen] DeGeneres were considered the country’s most prominent lesbian couple.  [Jude’s commentary:  The Heche-DeGeneres relationship ended, triggered in part by Heche’s life to that point dealing with what male-dominant society labeled as mental illness following Heche’s reports of sexual abuse and deception at the hands of her father. Anne’s father, Donald Heche, was a choir director in a Baptist church who frequented gay bars at night. Heche found out about her father’s double life when he was dying of AIDS and she was only 12 years old.]

Heche described herself as “insane,” according to ABCNEWS.com. [Jude’s commentary:  Thus the socially high-profile Heche, by personal life history programmed with the man-God religion of Baptist He, Him and hymn which predisposes women to accept “the word” of all male authority figures, accepted the male label “insane” as directed at herself personally, instead of at society in general.  She bought into the book of male-dominant psychiatry and male-dominant insanity legalism as if only an individual matter.  Heche described her efforts to structure an alternative reality in a publicized interview, efforts that to a caring person would seem creative under her cultural and social circumstances.]

“[Heche] believed she was two people. One was Anne Heche, The other was Celestia, who was from another planet and spoke in a different language directly with God.” [Jude dude commentary: Cultural He, Him and hymn conditioning made it mentally inconceivable for Heche to rely upon Goddess (as a mental construct of iconic female-form liberator from the man-God made in man’s image as her higher power).  She could not conceive of a Goddess/female liberator for herself even in her rather creative “insane” fantasy life which temporarily allowed her to escape the dissonance of hateful hypocrisy from a father who outwardly normalized “our Father” as a Baptist choir director while secretly having one-night stands with gay men, his double life divulged to Heche only when he died of AIDS before his daughter was a teen-ager.]  [Original source, Stephen Silverman, People magazine, 2001; social commentary by Jude]

Small wonder I propose celibacy for all men, everywhere, until dominance, war and duplicity cease and desist.

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.

What’s a Super-Suit’s gal to do …

June 6, 2009

You  can see before and after photos of  greasy and not-so-greasy gams  when  Gwyneth Paltrow appeared on the Tonight Show (gams rhymes with hams, and we all know where hams come from):

Gwyneth’s Greasy Gams – Goddess: celebrity moms – omg! on Yahoo

It’s not sick (as in culturally creepy) enough that any culturally notable “she” like Paltrow is expected to appear in American public culture with more touchable body on view than men typically need to show.  The 180 degrees from sick that’s still sick (i.e.,  culturally creepy) in patriarchal Islamic culture would literally cover up her thinking-instrument head and shroud her body as if dead from any contact with the natural world.

But I’m American and posting this post as a post-Christian not a Muslim (thank Goddess to disdain the multi-culti nonsense that refuses to call misogyny the woman-hating it is), so check out today’s online hysterics about  Gwyneth Paltrow’s legs.  The “greasy gams,” not the prodigious talent.  In context of  last season’s blockbuster movies, Oscar-winner Paltrow  played an iconic feminine subordinate gal putting her own life at risk to support a Super-Suit Iron Man’s exploits.  (She wore perfectly a slinky backless dress bought by her boss the Super-Suit.  She deadpanned the weak lines of script for her underwritten character with outrageous humor.  She acted heroically in high heels.)

Today’s online Gwyneth buzz irreverently links the hubbub about Paltrow’s gams  to  Goddess  in the same week  man-made religion’s big-three God (Islam, Judaism, Christianity) was front and center the Obama news as if that God has ever been about peace instead of piece.

Today’s trivialization of Goddess and woman occurs in context of the  beautiful Gwyneth (whose extraordinary good looks few could ever hope to achieve), who is also an actor of genius,  a mother and otherwise gifted.  If Paltrow is not a woman to be respected instead of trivialized —  then any normal woman might wonder, beneath being the “good sport” she’s constantly being asked to be despite man’s trivialization of her own life and womankind in general — who is?

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):

Sheila Jeffreys is My Hero …

May 24, 2009

Found this online today in the category of what has been called sex-positive feminist women (aka sex workers and others who embrace the agency of being “hot” sexually) mistaking Professor Sheila Jeffreys as their target in fighting against others (described as “anti-sex” by sex-pozzie women) who as feminists oppose  men sexually exploiting women → 

Just like peace at any price, sex (and men having a piece) at any price cannot be good.  In the longest war, pitting one group of women against another has been an effective divide-and-conquer strategy, aided by much media manipulation.  The anti-Sheila blogger indicates that she keeps adjusting her medication (which would necessarily affect her consciousness).  Psych-drugs and shrinks as a weapon of mass deception against women in man’s longest war, yes, oh, yes, but that would be another post about misogyny in the philosophy of psychiatry.

The contrasting image which also relates to the  divide-and-conquer strategies of men against feminism is this one posted by Allecto at Gorgon Poisons→

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Sex on men’s terms, devastating to women because there’s a real (if undeclared) war with very real violence going on.  To end man’s war against womankind may take men not just doing laundry and ending non-sexual violence, but practicing celibacy as a commitment to not exploiting women.  Real celibacy, not what Catholic priests pretend to do.  Unless men wise up and take better action, Mother Nature might just wipe men out and leave women with procreative parthenogenesis.  Life will go on, with or without men.

I’m proposing celibacy for bi and het-sex men (any men born as men interested in sexual relations with women) as the ground of being to expand male consciousness as a pathway toward real peace.  Celibacy for this group of people would mean that no woman would be sexually exploited by any xy-chromosome humanoid while a lasting peace is sought through heightened awareness  for all.   Peace at any price?  No.  But peace may come if we can see the chronic global misogyny without denial, and break  free from male-dominant global culture.    

None of us have to agree on all points about how to end male violence.  But some of our best and most thought-provoking thinkers, some of them lesbians like Professor Sheila Jeffreys (who abhors violence and domination in any form),  regularly receive mean-spirited public attacks about their views.  Yet they keep on provoking our thoughts outside the sound-bite box of what’s “hot” right now.

Sheila Jeffreys is my hero.

In 2008 Iron Man bought the Girl Friday a slinky dress, Jack Nicholson asked Morgan Freeman (stroking a slinky car in the Bucket List) if he was going to “drive it or buy it a dress,” and Charlize Theron surrendered her super-hero cape to lick an ice cream cone and adore husband and son while Hancock stayed a super-hero.

May 24, 2009

But —  crumbs to feminism —  at least in 2008 a woman  played a super-hero with a brain for a few minutes in a big-budget movie. 

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:

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