Carol Platt Liebau: A Pathetic Display

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

A Pathetic Display

This article from the LA Times covers the new television program that purports to find a new member of the Pussycat Dolls, one of the hypersexualized "singing" groups designed to appeal to young girls. Perspicaciously, the authors of the piece note that the talent most sought by those choosing the new group member is less likely to be musical, and more likely to be the capacity and willingnes to "shake it like a Polaroid picture" (to use a little Dolls lingo).

They likewise note that the program is being positioned as "feministic." It's part of the manipulation employed by those hawking oversexualized attitudes, products and behavior to girls -- to legitimize the smut by acting as though it's some sign of empowerment to act like a junior-grade prostitute.

For that, we have to thank the "do-me" feminists (like Naomi Wolf) and the whole "Sex and the City" phenomenon, among other influences. The whole thing is discussed at length in my forthcoming book: "Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Damages Girls (and America, Too!)"


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