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Culture Notes: A Bit of a Rant
Posted by Joy Rothke, Thursday, May 15, 2008 8:15 PM (Eastern)

I've been reading "women's magazines" since JFK was in office. I worked my way through long-gone titles like American Girl and Ingenue; Teen, Seventeen, Mademoiselle, Glamour; their big sisters Vogue and Harper's Bazaar (and their British and Canadian counterparts); Marie-Claire, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Lear's, Mirabella, More and Allure. I've probably forgotten several, but no matter. Page for page, issue for issue, they publish the same stuff month in and month out, year after year.

One of the Jezebel bloggers called them "insecurity factories." I wish I'd said that. Because they are--for all the surface feminism, empowerment, hipness, sexual freedom and 50 is the new 30--giant insecurity factories. Advertising-driven insecurity factories masquerading in journalism. Decade after decade, generations of females buy into it, then spend years trying to recover.

And I know this because they're already congratulating each other over the amazing achievement of a "plus- sized" model winning the cheezefest called "America's Next Top Model." If Whitney Thompson is plus-sized at size 10, what does that make me or you?


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May 15, 2008 9:59 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Well, I look at it this way. Women are trained to be insecure, starting from childhood. Even if you know you're good, you're somehow not supposed to be as competitive as a boy, it's frowned upon.

So that's the thing. If you're not an insecure person, you're not going to be intimidated by airbrushed photos of models. You'll feel strong in your own right.

But if you are insecure, then you're going to be insecure in almost any given situation, magazines or no magazines.

I went back to work recently, I can tell you that most of the women in my office are way younger and better-looking than I am. But that's okay. I'm too old to care, I feel it's a phase you have to grow out of.

May 15, 2008 10:37 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Most magazines are catalogues with clever captions, in my opinion. They are selling you stuff, an entire lifestyle, which includes a body type.

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Culture Notes: Wait For Me (Sean Lennon)
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, August 31, 2007 3:07 PM (Eastern)

I love this video!

Sean Lennon - Wait For Me

A blend of Woody Allen and Devon Aoki, with, imo, a heavy dose of Yoko Ono (in creating strong visual art). Yay!

There's a series of videos from the album (Friendly Fire) on youtube, and they're all as intricately made...very different from the bling 'n' Benz stuff.

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August 30, 2008 7:28 AM, Blogger mack said...

nice one.. i like this most

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Speaking of Christy Turlington...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, July 22, 2007 2:07 PM (Eastern)

Have you seen this? It was common as dirt when it came out, in fact I hated it, it was played incessantly on MTV at the time. Now I can appreciate its beauty.

I wish he'd put the same effort into the video for "Fastlove" btw. The song is superior, really one of the best George Michael songs ever, but the's a rough song, it should have a refined video. Oh well.

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July 23, 2007 9:58 AM, Blogger kuri said...

I don't think I'd ever seen that video in its entirety, but they look stunning. Today's top models certainly pale in comparison.

July 25, 2007 4:06 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Hi and thanks for dropping in!

I'm showing my age, but I've seen that video 9,000 times by now. It is nice to see the models though, it was nicely made.

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R.I.P. Anna Nicole Smith
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, February 09, 2007 12:20 AM (Eastern)

The above pic, I've had on my old site for years now. I did a brief Google Image search today, out of curiosity, and found a slew of...cheesy images. A few nice ones such as this:

...and the classical Anna Nicole Smith icons, such as this:

I have mixed feelings about Smith. Of course she was beautiful, in the purest sense of the term: she was naturally beautiful. Yes she arose from humble beginnings; yes, she was a fellow Southerner. She actually did what the girls used to joke about doing: married a fantastically rich, fantastically old guy with one foot in the grave.

On the other hand, I don't find it too hard to believe the likelihood that she was also a drug addict, albeit the world's most gorgeous one. The current "Internet rumor" has it that her baby daughter was "born full of meth." Did the person posting said rumor care how true it was, or wasn't? Smith attracted no shortage of venom in her life, not unlike her predecessor Marilyn Monroe, perhaps for her dual American sins of sheer physical beauty paired with an unmoneyed background.

Anyhow, Smith is gone from us now. I see that one of the men claiming to be the father of her daughter has already put in a court order to sample Smith's DNA even before releasing her body to her family. Or at least that's what I got out of a quick Google News search. That is the depressing side of it all. It would have been nice to hear a word or two of regret, instead of that.

The most touching words about Smith that I've seen all day are from, not family or friends, but PETA:

Statement From PETA on Anna Nicole Smith's Death

Anna Nicole Smith, RIP

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