". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Thursday, May 20, 2010

What Women Wear -- Who Decides

It's impossible not to think of what women are supposed to wear, what they can't wear, what they're told to wear, blahblahblah, and who is telling them.

In some parts of the world women will be punished, even killed if they don't veil or wear a burqua. In other parts of the world women will be punished, maybe even killed, if they do veil or wear a burqua.

Is this not freakin' insane when you think about it?

One might even think that the Ms. Universe contest is now set up to specifically humiliate the winners.

As others as well as myself have noticed, her 'glam' shots, swimsuit shots, etc. revealed more skin than her pole dance routine shots.

So you're supposed to white gloved priss miss when you win, but beforehand, in order to compete, you're supposed to be a slut.

So they 'getcha!' because before and after are diametrically opposed, and you can't after if you didn't do before.

It's nobody's business what we wear or don't wear. We know how to dress appropriately, believe me. We learned to dress ourselves when we were very little. We learned to dress everybody else too. Shut up all of you, and leave us alone, I say!

Then, there is THIS: 

On Michelle Martin's "Tell Me More" program on NPR, there was a long segment yesterday - or was it the day before -- of  the regular male commentators and other masculine experts, all up in arms and upset that the male fashion runways these last couple of seasons are showing men in 'toothpick' wardrobe, and that the models are, like well sixteen.

Real men don't look like this! Sixteen years old is too young! What kind of expectations are you putting on men when they have so much to do, and real men can't live up to this ideal!

Nor was it satire.

Welcome to Women's World  all you guys.  Sooner or later it was gonna bite your asses too.


T. said...

I once worked in a job (major retail corporation) where the male managers issued a mandate requiring all the women to "wear proper undergarments." Can you believe it? My question was, which one of you idiots thinks you're going to try and check?

Foxessa said...

Yuck! Did the dork describe in detail those proper undergarments?


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