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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Lena Dunham saga

The drama surrounding Lena Dunham's Vogue cover has been quite entertaining. Anna Wintour was hailed for her open-mindedness, and feminists viewed the placement as a triumph for ordinary women everywhere.

Then Jezebel, which disapproves of airbrushing for the unrealistic images it results in, offered a $10,000 reward for anybody who could produce the original unretouched photos of Dunham. This then sparked a backlash among some feminists who accused the site of bullying and insensitivity.

Here, by the way, is a picture of Dunham looking more like herself:

But as fun as it is to watch the feminists quarrel among themselves, it's worth taking a step back to consider the larger issue of body image. Feminists have long decried the supermodels the fashion industry uses as promoting an unattainable body image for women. This is a theme you hear time and again. They feel that seeing these beautiful women will have a harmful effect on the tender psyches of girls everywhere.

I posted once before about how feminists are bent on proving women unequal. This let's-put-a-plain-woman-on-the-cover-of-Vogue campaign seems one more effort in that direction.

You simply never hear men complain about how the ripped models on the cover of Men's Health promote an unrealistic body image for impressionable young boys. You never hear men demand that they put a skinny geek on the cover of Muscle and Fitness. You never hear men whine about how Soldier of Fortune never uses models who look like Pajama Boy.

If the feminists want to prove they're the equal of men, they should stop whining and complaining so much. It's……unmanly.


bluffcreek1967 said...

Good Lord, the Left is determined to push this trashy and frumpy thing in the face of Americans every chance they get! They can put lipstick on a pig and call it beautiful, but most of us aren't buying it.

As I'm sure you're aware, she's been a big hit politically for the Left ever since she starred in an Obama-for-President commercial back in 2012.

In it, she compares having sex for the first time as a woman with voting for Barack Obama. She also talks about what sort of guy she likes based on how he voted for some obscure women's rights ballot. Weird, really.

John Craig said...

Ambrose --
Yes, I'm familiar with Dunham's history. Just goes to show if you want to make it in Hollywood it helps to toe the line.

And yes, that voting thing is weird, but it's also typical. Conservatives generally don't use a person's politics as a reason to excommunicate them socially, but liberals will use that kind of litmus test all the time, and even boast about it.

Anonymous said...

The Jezebel thing is just weird. Why waste $10,000 when the whole world already knows that bitch is ugly?
As for supermodels, the fashion industry has a real talent for turning good-looking girls into freakish-looking ghouls. If you saw a chick posing somewhere in real life, as they do in magazine ads or on the catwalk, you'd swear she was retarded and ask where her legal guardian is.

John Craig said...

Anon --
Some of them look a little freakish, but I think a lot of them look awfully good.

Glen Filthie said...

Apropos of nothing at all, I remember the feminists of the 60's and 70's complaining about having to pander to the (and I quote verbatim) - 'delicate male ego'.

So, I am looking at the fat, bitchy slags at Jezebel...and note that this might be a very good time to shut the hell up and forget whatever it was I was going to say! :)

I sometimes wonder if the whole cosmetics industry isn't about women dolling themselves up for each other or their men...?

John Craig said...

Glen --
You know what they say, that men dress up for women and women dress up for other women.