I’ve been thinking about Britney’s bits recently. Hard not to, really. I hadn’t – you know – looked at them. Or for them. But the webgeist is full of Britney’s bits, Paris’s pudendum and what’s her names what’s-it and it is all a bit hard to avoid.
My first reaction was contempt. I dislike prick-teases more than I can sensibly say and so I won’t try; but what else do you call a woman who displays herself without sharing herself? I have more respect for Anabel Chong who at least put out for the 70 guys than I do for la Hilton, Ms Spears and who’s-it. (I ought to look up her name, but if she’s doing it for the publicity should I give her the satisfaction?)
I also thought of the bored and pampered Roman aristas who whored themselves out to slaves and soldiers. I thought of the symptoms of decadence in society. I thought of concepts like integrity, responsibility, duty, self-respect, respect for others and controlling one’s power. I thought of the contempt these women are showing the rest of us. We can look but we cannot touch.
A couple of days later I started wondering if this is about freedom from control. Whenever a man calls a woman a whore, he calls her that because he cannot control her. Are these actually women who are comfortable with their sexuality and using their positions to reject male control? Even if they are not bright enough to be doing that consciously, it is still possible that they are doing it instinctively. Is this what is happening?
To be honest, I doubt it. And if they are, then it has badly backfired. The language which is used about them wherever the snatch-shots are shown is disturbingly misogynist. Two examples will do:
Ugh, it looks like a rotten, , maggot-infested, diseased slab of meat. How disgusting. She needs to go to Dr. 90210 and get a vaginoplasty on that thing. … I bet it has teeth, it’s probsbly like a swamp in there. She has NO shame, class or intelligence. I guess money can’t buy EVERYTHING, huh? She makes my skin crawl, the gross, diseased, rotten slut. …
Ugh. So….shriveled and overused looking…..I wonder why?
To me they just look like labia. I am disturbed by an event which lets people describe labia in those terms. I don’t want anyone’s labia described like that. And this is another thing which disturbs me – that this contemptible behaviour can be used to justify such contempt.
There is another worrying thing about all this. People are using these girls’ crotch shots to boost their blog stats. There is something unpleasant about these bloggers who latch on to these beaver-shots like blood-sucking ticks, behaving like web-enabled vampires. (I, obviously, am discussing the feminist and societal issues and not using it as a way of getting cheap hits.) I am uncertain what to make of the relationship between the blogger who is using the socialite’s crotch-shot to get hits on their blog and the said socialite, bearing in mind she has knowingly chosen not to get out of a car while wearing a very short skirt and no knickers. Who is exploiting whom here? Is anyone being exploited at all? I don’t know the answers to these questions or even if they are the right questions, but I cannot escape the feeling that there is something nasty going on here.
So, Britney, Paris, Lindsay (I cracked and looked her up) Ladies – please – it isn’t big, it isn’t clever. Half the human race has one. Please. Put it away.