7 Dollars? 5 Dollars?

2 Jul

I went to the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met this week and had some pretty radical thoughts.

You don’t need to make yourself something else to be worth something.

I am Armenian, so of course I am obsessed with laser hair removal! Arms, bikini, legs, underarms… my entire body is hairless.

Kim Kardashian

You don’t need to make a patriarchal bargain.

You can be ferocious.  

 I really care about a woman’s independence. I don’t like her to look so naive and so fragile. I like her to look stronger. If a man goes up to her, he has to have balls to go up to her. I don’ t like her to be taken advantage of.

Alexander McQueen

A patriarchal bargain is a decision to accept gender rules that disadvantage women in exchange for whatever power one can wrest from the system. It is an individual strategy designed to manipulate the system to one’s best advantage, but one that leaves the system itself intact. (SocImage)

Nearly seven years ago [Tila Tequila]  and her then-boyfriend filmed themselves having sex. Her ex is now threatening to release this sex tape against Tequila’s will. Tequila went to court to get an injunction against the tape’s release, but the judge denied her request, arguing that “Tila exploits her sexuality” anyway.

Tequila’s exploitation of her own sexuality (or, more accurately, her sex appeal), apparently, gives everyone else the right to exploit her sexuality, too. This is what it means to live in a society in which women are second-class citizens, specifically, the “sex class.”  Women’s bodies are public property. Women are supposed to display them in public for men’s pleasure.  If they do not, they lose: they are dykes, bitches, and ugly, fat, feminazi cunts.  If they do, they lose.

Sociological Images

So will you buy into a system and try to get whatever scraps it will throw you?  Or will you stand up and say that the system is broken?

Be a woman worthy of wearing McQueen.  Be a little intimidating.

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