Friday, December 29, 2006

Oh brother

I think that sums it up nicely.

While the thing about President Bush winning for villain and hero is interesting and all, that's not the part of this poll that gets my goat.

Here's what does: apparently people think that Britney and Paris are worse role models than Mel, and by a sizable margin.

Come again?

That's right. Heaven forbid our children DANCE and PARTY in their twenties! We'd much rather have them turn into curmudgeonly anti-semitic misogynists with an actual drinking problem.

And of course, this couldn't have anything AT ALL to do with the sexism and misogyny perpetuated by the likes of Joe Francis (see here and here for discussion of the disgusting manner in which these creeps prey on young women in order to maintain society's virgin/whore dichotomy by which women who express themselves sexually are deemed less than human and undeserving of basic human dignity). Nope, clearly it's because Britney and Paris are just worse people.

Um. Am I the only one who thinks God might be marginally more pissed about someone who hates His Chosen People than about someone who forgets her underwear?

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At December 30, 2006 at 9:54 PM, Blogger heartinsanfrancisco said...

I think this is just further evidence that as a society, our values are truly abominable.

We are more titillated by moronic entertainers running around without undies than we are incensed by foaming-at-the-mouth bigotry.

It is up to parents to monitor what their children are exposed to, so they can prevent most influences they consider unwholesome if they choose.

The Mel Gibsons of the world do far more harm because they are spreading hatred, whereas Britney and Paris are only spreading their legs.

At December 31, 2006 at 5:14 PM, Blogger Andy said...

Oh, did Britney forget her underwear? See, I thought maybe she did that on purpose. But if it was an accident -- which, given everything else, is entirely plausible -- then I should re-evaluate my thinking on that particular incident. Paris is a bad influence on her, whatever. And Lindsay's a mess. Britney needs to find herself some more uptight friends.

Have a happy new year!

At January 2, 2007 at 12:10 PM, Blogger The Law Fairy said...

heart, yup. It just goes to show how skewed our perspective is. We'd rather focus on not letting our kids think it's okay to occasionally drink and let loose, than on teaching them that racism and sexism are evil, evil, evil. How puritanical and vaguely hypocritical. I LOVE the dichotomy at the end of your comment, btw.

andy, hahaha. No idea whether she intentionally went without, or forgot. Point is, I don't care. As long as she's not trying to rub it on me without my consent, why should I? Personally I am much more bothered by people who propogate hate, but hey, that could just be me (actually, apparently it is, from this poll :P ). Happy new year to you too!!

At January 3, 2007 at 2:01 PM, Blogger DarthImmortal said...

First of all, I must predicate this by stating I am in favor of hot women forgetting their underwear. But Joe Francis should be arrested for battery. You cannot grab somebody and throw them against a car while claiming to demonstrate what others did to you. But the rape is even worse. This guy belongs behind bars.

I disagree with the articles when they suggest that the porn industry is exploiting women. If they are of legal age and willing participants then there is no exploitation there at all. In today’s porn the women are the boss, they are in charge of the entire industry now. Why do we think in the porn industry when a man and woman have consensual sex the woman is exploited. That’s total BS!

Mel Gibson has shown his true colors as a racist and there is no comparison to anything Paris Hilton does. Kudos to you for pointing that out.

At January 3, 2007 at 3:04 PM, Blogger The Law Fairy said...

darth, thanks. Agreed re Joe Francis. As to porn, there may be SOME that doesn't victimize women, but in my mind there are two problems with the porn industry as a whole. One is that my understanding is that in at least some cases, the consent is not always a hundred percent there, particularly from the women involved (see, e.g., Deepthroat). Two is that, even where the porn is consensual, porn is made primarily for men's consumption and enjoyment, and with little regard for women. The result is enforcement of somewhat negative views of women -- what men tend to find titillating tends to contribute to a vaguely negative view of women, which contributes to an overall social disrespect for women. That's my problem with porn -- though I'm no puritan. Once society makes itself okay with women expressing themselves sexually on their own terms (e.g., not calling women "sluts" simply because they dress provocatively or sleep with whomever they like), then I'll be much more okay with porn.


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