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Writer's Block: Riddle me this

What is something that just doesn't make sense to you?
When women participate in their own subjugation. I see women on TV play stupid and wear next to nothing and allow themselves to be paraded around as ornamentation, only existing for the excitation and pleasure of the male viewer. How does a woman apply for a job at Hooters when she knows that the exchange for the tips and paycheck is her dignity? How do the stars of the new Playboy TV show handle knowing that the men they parade around in front of think of them as something less than human, an "entertainment item," to be used and then discarded. How did the real life "bunnies" deal with that? I actually knew a woman who was a former Playboy Restaurant Bunny, back when I lived in Chicago. She became a junkie and a prostitute, and died from AIDS in the late-90s. She gave me a small box of her earrings, which I still have. She was warm and kind, but always very, very sad.

Try as I might to wrap my head around it, it just makes no sense to me when women are active participants in their own subjugation and degradation.


Sep. 25th, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
I guess I should have been more clear that I wasn't talking strictly about jobs and employment. As an example, last night on the subway, there were three women, dressed in a way that I would have definitely classified in my mind as "prostitute" were I not in New York City -- skin tight dresses, super high heels, etc., etc. Anyhow, one of these women was with a guy, obviously in a romantic way -- kissing him, leaning on him, etc. And he's wearing a T-shirt and jeans. And it's like, why does he get to dress comfortably and she can barely walk? If you want to argue "dressing up for a night out" then fine -- why isn't he in a suit, or at least something nicer than jeans and a T-shirt? I dunno. I still don't think I'm really being clear about what bothers me so much.

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