Paris Hilton and Other Role Models

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October 8, 2005

Is looking up to Jenna Jameson so different today as looking up to Madonna was 20 years ago?

I love the magazine Vanity Fair, or I do any time I see a collector’s edition, or at least an Academy Awards edition. I've been hoarding those magazines since 1998. In all honesty, I get more news these days from the Internet than from newspapers and magazines, but what an amazingly cool photo of Paris Hilton on the cover of the October issue. With equestrian trousers and black riding boots, the topless photo reminds me a lot of a picture taken of Schwarzenegger by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. Beside Paris in bold is "Deep Throat". The article is about the Watergate fiasco, and not in any way related to Linda Lovelace, which is too bad since "Inside Deep Throat" was just released recently.

Anyhow, I came across an article in the Boston Herald by Sean L. McCarthy. It was instrumental in pointing me to this Vanity Fair edition. Parts of his article just pissed me off, although I understand he was paraphrasing a lot of conversations.

As a woman, it's impossible not to be 'all for feminism', although my school of thought comes by way of culture addict Camille Paglia, which is the worst of the worst if another woman from a more political discourse like Gloria Steinham gets in your face.

The thing that bothered me most was about teens being prone to take on porn role models like Jenna Jameson, who is an exceptionally savvy business role model, and Paris Hilton, who happened to take what advantage she could of the sex tape publicity to further her career, as if it's a bad thing. Something is wrong with this or so I am led to believe from the bulk of the article, but no one tells me why it's a bad thing! Afterall, it's not like Madonna was a squeaky clean role model for girls.

Meaningless anecdotes about a rebellion against Republicans over the last 20 years are given, which is pitiful in itself considering democrats were in power for at least 8 years, and no one ever explains how, nor do they offer how men's attitudes toward sexuality have changed over those same 20-years. In this way the article leaves me with the thousand-year-old adage "once a woman, always a slut and once a man, finally a stud."

Nothing has changed, so why bother trying to say it has?

Posted by sloth at October 8, 2005 1:44 AM

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