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And then there’s good ol’ America
This actually makes me so angry. The truth is right here and people see it and brush it aside. We really could make things better. But no, America apparently wants to suck forever.
Jessica Rey presents the history of the evolution of the swimsuit including the origins of its design, how it has changed overtime and the post-feminist association of the bikini symbolizing female empowerment. She refers to neuro-scientific studies revealing how male brains react to images of scantily clad women versus images of women deemed modest and what the implications of the results are for women in society.
(Note: As the OP, I disagree with Rey’s approach to putting the onus on women to alter ourselves rather than to alter the male perception of women – brain wiring has plenty to do with socialization and if we worked against the culture that fuels men’s objectification of women, women’s clothing choices would matter far less in terms of how men perceive us and determine how to interact with us).
If you watch the video, she starts talking about how we need to be changing how we dress! And while that is fine and dandy (I am all for not being objectified) she says nothing about teaching our culture to NOT objectify.
Not every culture, not every person, sees a human as an object- only those who have been socialized into ones that value dehumanization. To counter the systemic issues of intersectional female disparity, objectification, and violence, we can not only be putting bandaids on the broken bones of our society. Like a bone, it must be rebroken, and then set properly.
Agreed with the above. Even as far as the clothing/lack thereof itself as a provocation to these thought patterns— that’s dependent upon a society where there is a set point on a sliding scale of an agreed-upon “neutral” zone between excessive nakedness and being excessively covered.
One culture’s “normal” isn’t any other’s, for a vast array of reasons, and straying from “normal”— and the baggage and associations tied in with that, sexual or otherwise— and how those differ across spectra of class, age, gender, sex, sexuality, social role, space/time/weather/event, etc., etc.— will likewise vary.
We are “taught” how to respond to the world around us by our immediate surroundings and the people in them. While patriarchal sexual objectification and commodification of some women’s bodies is a real issue, it is not only not the woman’s responsibility to address that, nor a static biological reality (an incredibly ethnocentric view, for the reasons above, as well as the assumption that this gendered determinism is globally universal despite a variety of expressions of sexed/gendered cultural dynamics in the world as a baseline), but it also has literally nothing to do with the bikini itself.
The way display and covering of flesh is or is not sexualized by any person in any culture at any given time says more about those people, and their culture, than it does about the fabric; all this study is showing is that this social training does, in fact, have a measurable physioneurological effect.
Naked isn’t always naked. A bikini isn’t always a bikini.
Context is everything.
And wear whatever the fuck you want.
Thank you commentary, I WAS BRISTLING.
I keep seeing this faux-feminist argument, that liberal feminism calls scanty clothes and sexual behavior “empowering,” then goes on a mouthfroth about how THAT’S WHAT THE PATRIARCHY WANTS.
Those modest clothes, however, are also what the patriarchy wants.
The patriarchy doesn’t want us to wear bikinis or modest neck-to-wrist-to-floor dresses. What the patriarchy wants is to CONTROL us.
What the patriarchy wants is for us to believe there are CONSEQUENCES for actions of ours as tiny as what we decide to wear or how we do our makeup.
That if we’re the “wrong kind of girl” we deserve to not be taken seriously, to be viewed as literal objects, even raped. Think of all the things you’re supposed to do to not get raped. Don’t wear that, don’t go out alone, don’t get drunk, know which guys are the rapists. Don’t wear ponytails, ffs. Long hair can be grabbed, but short hair is so ugly, don’t you know men’s opinions matter so much, and they have SO MANY opinions on shit they’re not wearing and makeup they’re not applying and bodies they don’t live in.
The patriarchy wants their opinions on shit to matter. They want to treat our bodies like a democracy, and maybe a democracy where only men get votes.
Sometimes in the summer I do actually just go outside wearing shorts and a string bikini top. Because I have to ride my bike everywhere and it gets fucking hot. And I refuse to think about what men might think about it, because I refuse to view MYSELF, my OWN BODY, through the male gaze. I see me first, from the inside. I am not fucking required to care what men think of me. I have never once called that bikini top or my public wearing of it “empowering” because that’s still living in the male gaze where what I wear matters because it matters to men. IT DOESN’T. It’s a fucking scrap of cloth. Cloth doesn’t empower people. Attitudes empower people. Having agency and choice empowers people. Being able to actually know what you want and push everyone else’s demands off you and present yourself in a way that’s authentic to you and suits your needs at the moment empowers people. Reclaiming your own fucking gaze instead of accepting the male gaze as default empowers people. This whole scanty vs. modest thing is an absurd false dichotomy. The same woman could do both in the same day and what it means depends on what it means TO HER. Not to fucking men. And you do not get to force the male gaze on me. I DON’T CARE WHAT THEY THINK I DON’T CARE.
I am a goddamn human being, and it’s not my fucking problem if men are too horrible to recognize that. I can’t fix every man in the world, and I’m not going out of my way to try, I’m just living my life. I will not shrink myself to make more room for their horribleness. I’m here doing me and they’re just going to have to deal.
NOOOO NO NO NONO FUCK FUCK FUCKIG CBS IS TELLING WOMEN NOT TO REPORT SEXUAL HARASSMENT BECAUSE IT WILL “DAMAGE THEIR CAREERS” and “HARASSMENT IS AN UNFORTUNATE PART OF CLIMBING THE LADDER” I AM SO ANGRY THEY ARE LITERALLY TURNING SEXUAL HARASSMENT INTO A NORM THIS IS NOT OKAY
This is an actual article and I’m still having a hard time believing it’s real.
do action movies know they can have more than one female character
Someone should make an action movie with all girls except for one guy and have no explanation or mention of it in the movie and then pay all of the actors to act surprised like they’d never noticed when they get the inevitable storm of questions.
This one male must have a shower scene, be saved by the protagonist at least once, and fall in love with a lead female.
i liked the page for my school’s lgbt* center on facebook and my mom just sent me a message that said
“now all of china knows you’re queer”
please deliver this reply to your mother:
she laughed so hard i think she exploded
The Most Gorgeous Book Ever Has No Words Or Pictures, Just Color
This is the RGB Colorspace Atlas by Tauba Auerbach. The 8”x8” hardcover tome is pretty much an encyclopedia of every color in the RGB index. It’s huge, it’s gorgeous, and I want one.
I KNOW WHAT THIS NEEDS
It’s like they were made for each other.
Sensors alight, the pen trailed itself sensually down the gradient shift from yellow to blue along ample curve of paper, dipping closer and closer to the book’s spine.
“Can you imagine it?” the pen whispered, whirring and selecting #00563F with practiced intimacy. “Just picture it. With your collection and my potential…we can color the world.”
A pen and a book
A notepad and a clock
CAN I REQUEST A DOUBLE DATE??
request accomplished -
How the fuck did it end up like this
*whispers* make an anime
*whispers* I have a need for this to happen
Sorry, I cannot resist.
I AM SO HAPPY THAT I STARTED THIS BECAUSE WOW THIS ENDING IM FANGIRLING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LIVING ROOM IN FRONT OF THE WHOLE FAMILY AND IDK IM HAPPY OK
need an ark?
i noah guy
Did you just
i want a two paper essay on why that comment was necessary
by God’s name I am going to give you that essay or damn me to hell
I will do this for the sake of irene-sherlocked-adler
SHE CITED HER FUCKING SOURCES SHITDAMN
I HEARD RUMORS THAT SOMETHING WAS GOING ON IN THE THINSPO TAG, SO I DECIDED TO CHECK IT OUT AND
LOOK AT THIS. NO MORE TINY-ASS STRIP AT THE TOP OF THE RESULTS. NO SIR, THERE’S NO WAY YOU CAN MISS THIS. AN ENTIRE FUCKING PAGE DEDICATED TO TRYING TO GET PEOPLE HELP.
STAFF IS DONEWITH THIS PRO-ANA BULLSHIT.
WAY TO GO STAFF. WAY TO FUCKING GO!