Carol Platt Liebau: Some Empowerment

Friday, March 23, 2007

Some Empowerment

Meghan Cox Gurdon points out that beauty pageants reviled by feminists -- like Miss USA -- are actually more wholesome than the raunchy fare (like the new show featuring tryouts for stripper/singer group The Pussycat Dolls) that are purveyed to Americans as signs of female "empowerment."

She writes:

It will probably not surprise you to hear that the creators of this cat-housery want us to believe that getting pretty, young, scantily clad women to writhe for the camera is a way of empowering them. According to this line of reasoning, these gyrating fembots are a triumph of liberated femininity, using their sexuality on their own terms. . . . In fact, the world of women parading for men's pleasure hasn't changed--except that now women have allowed themselves to be fooled into thinking that the less they wear and the more they "work it," the more independent and free-spirited they actually are.

Depravity dressed up as empowerment is fast becoming the cultural trope of our times.

That's one of the points I make in my upcoming book Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Damages Girls (and America, Too!)


Blogger The Flomblog said...


You mean to say that traditional Judeo-Christian morality has a place in our gonzo-tawdry society?


Thank G-d my kids are grown!

9:14 PM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

So Liberals are supportive of these pretty, young, scantily clad women to writhe for the camera while not being supportive of beauty pageants, thus showing their hypocrisy?

Ad Hom Alert! Ah Hom Alert! Strawman on the port bow!

Go to places like Huffington Post, or other Liberal blogs, and you will not see anything but head-shaking derision for the Paris Hiltons and Britney Spears of the world.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

Sure, OSO,

They blow with the wind.

8:23 PM  

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