FEMEN, the topless protest group, has developed and used the female breast as its means to gain oomph. Without doubt, the bare breast is a tower of power when it comes to generating interest and fervor. Now the group has underscored the objectification of women vis a vis its protest of the the just opened Barbie House in Berlin. Germany, not New Jersey (a message to my only imagined follower)
I don’t know exactly what the fuck they were
trying to prove, but it makes fantastic pictures.
Indeed, this particular protest does require a bit of thinking. After all, Barbie is an iconic doll created back in 1959. To give those too young to know a reference point, here is an image of what 1959 was all about. It's the tail end of that year's Cadillac...
OK, that is an image reference from 1959, when Barbie became public. Hmmm, come to think of it, those tail lights look like bullet bra encased tit shapes. What was going on back then anyways?
Through the years Barbie has been not only adored and admired, but vilified and minimized as well. Initially, just a doll to dress and to fun, it became a way of life. An expression of so much vacuous value, never! The plastic form presented an unrealistic image of exaggerated sensuality much like the ever famous Playboy Vargas girls. No woman could possibly have the geometric prowess of what really was an idea of fantastical delight. So, so what?
Just how many people, both X and Y, have been destroyed and twisted by the imagery of Barbie cannot be guessed. Sexuality is personal and mostly under the covers. To think of women and men, who could and would covet Barbie in human form, is as absurd as the notion of Babbo Natale. These kinds of things simply do not exist. And just as the disappointment of the revelation that there is no Santa Claus scars for life, so does the realization that people are NOT Barbies. Fiction, fuck fiction.
Perhaps both Barbie and Santa Claus set the bar too high. While FEMEN and many others argue, with some good rationale, that Barbie objectifies women, couldn't the same be said for Santa Claus. Does he not objectify insane notions of old fat men giving away gifts while flying in a sleigh led by reindeer. Every white haired paunchy male, arguendo, becomes a failure. Fathers and grandfathers are damned!
Surely people would be hard put to live in a world of pure reality. Where would be the fun, the hope and the excitement? Imagine movies proportionate to everyday life. While folks would be able to
Naturally Barbie's legs are too long and skinny, her hourglass figure is organ crushing, her hair lacks split ends and ber boobies are a plastic surgeon's Mona Lisa. No woman can be expected to look like that! Without saying specifically, Barbie must be perfect in all other ways as well. Saying specifically, the inference of her sexual prowess is ear splitting. Now there it is! There it always is!
While the Germans are hoping to have a little to-do with this pink production this summer, FEMEN's bare-on has turned the lens to clearly delineate anew the Barbie conflict. Kudos to our bare chested cousins, but where does this stop? Maybe Barbie is too sexed up to be acceptable... Maybe Santa Claus and Mickey Mouse and toy guns and GI Joes and Little Red Riding are not as repugnant. Now... speaking of LRRH, the wolf, just what's with that wolf? Does HE really eat the girl?
And by the way, does FEMEN itself objectify women in its tactics to gain attention? Or to restate it, is the baring of the tit an act of object-ification of women? Hmmm... face it male tits are just not gonna work!