Thursday, April 10, 2014

Two Cover Girls

Two covers caught my eye recently but not because the women looked sexy. Beyoncé showed up on the cover of "Out" magazine and Lena Dunham appeared on the cover of "Glamour". These are pretty big figures in the cesspool of American pop culture, receiving accolades and praise from the chattering classes. What do they say or what do the pictures say? Their images reinforce the blurring of gender definitions and the ability of a modern individual to create themselves not just in outfits but in core association like race or gender.

Cover shot: Another White Woman oh wait, it's Beyoncé
The cover picture is black and white, helping to mask her skin tone. She has platinum blond hair. When we look back on the last 15 years, in say 20 years, are we going to say it was incredibly strange that the number one black female sex symbol in music spent her career with blond hair or will Beyonce be called a prophet of human modification?

This is the comparison for black women.
The media is quick to discuss the unfair media representations of white women for unattainable physiques or looks. What the hell is the media saying to black women by constantly strutting out blond Beyoncé (with light skin, A cups and no ass) and Rihanna (with red hair, no ass, very light skin)? Black women in America are overweight at a rate of 82%. The pressure is not working on them to match up, but goddamn, they do not even have a reasonable symbol. 

Gender confusion
There is another picture with Beyoncé in a hat, but this feels a bit Dietrich. It also plays on something that has to be present at drag shows now but will definitely be in the future: drag Beyoncé. She is tall, thin yet wide. She has minimal ass, A cups and her facial features are not petite. Easy to envision gay black guys or even Hispanics pulling off drag Beyoncé. Beyoncé is an attractive woman, but I cannot help but think of the days when blacks ripped Whitney Houston for not being black enough, see photo shoots like this and laugh my ass off. At least Beyoncé's odd thing is her blond hair obsession. It's not like androgynous Lena Dunham.

Is that a chubby gay teen?
I used to think Lena Dunham was a long prank on pushing fat acceptance. Not anymore. The NY Times has been following Dunham since she was 13, which is creepy but tips their hand a bit. Dunham, with a compliant media, is willing herself into being sexy. She is not, but that does not stop the media from discussing her openness towards her body, sexuality, blah blah blah, support the chubby girl. Is she feminine? Is she redefining femininity? Is she taking on a man's form to push that she is doing comedy like a man. Look at the picture above and check the one below.

Guy got done up for an AAU basketball game

Looks like a teenage guy. In these two pics, her breasts are nonexistent, her face looks kind of square-ish and she has the tat visible in what looks like a yellow muscle shirt. Put some make up on one of those confused teens in Slate articles and this is what you get. Like Beyoncé, Dunham is a phony symbol of the 21st century empowered woman fighting the patriarchy. They have both been used by the Democrats for Team Obama. They both push messages of women ruling the world or our bodies our rights. They are also examples of the media pushing the idea that no matter what you are you can mold yourself into something different by your own will. Beautiful black woman? Forget it, dye your hair and you can play Marilyn for a magazine. Flabby fugly girl? Ehhhh, let's be edgy and let you butch up a bit. Whatever you want and whatever you want to be is yours if you only want it badly enough.


Lucius Somesuch said...

Though she's hardly the most offensive figure in modern pop culture (considering the competition), I've always thought Beyoncé a very odd "sex symbol".

I remember, circa 2000, some AT&T commercial with Destiny's Child riding around in the back of a limo. Beyoncé's legs are stretched out on the seat and she jiggles them while pointing at them with her fingers, wearing this doofy expression, like "Look y'all! I can move my knees up and down!"

Basically, Beyoncé strikes me almost as a slightly retarded white schoolgirl, say age 9, stuck in the body of a mulatto tranny.

Supposedly-- I think Mike Myers is the real "source" on this-- she is indeed absolutely as dumb as a dead lightbulb. I believe it.

I don't think Beyoncé is "knowingly" perverse, or knowingly anything; but for whatever reason, a lot of her put-on "fierceness" as well as her lyrical content ("I don't think you're ready/ for this jelly"?) is literally childish.

Lena Dunham is just gross, even by slag hipster standards. How in hell did that tattoo even happen? What was it supposed to be? Why does she think she can "rock" kohl eyeliner? She's just bizarre.

Anonymous said...

sooooooooooo back in the '80s androgyny was pretty popular, though unisex bathrooms were a joke then. This time they're being installed.

Do we know if androgynous fashions have existed before the '80s? My guess is 'probably'.

Son of Brock Landers said...

I alluded to Dietrich. She stole that menswear look from a lesbian in Berlin. The difference youre mentioning is in the 80s the androgyny was mocked more. It was a fashion choice. The lifestyle psychos and their progressive enablers are pushing the fantasies of gender nonconformists when trans is really like .01% of the pop.

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking back to something Bill Maher said when he had his show on Comedy Central (circa 1994). He was responding to general complaints of patriarchy and men pushing women to achieve some unreasonable standard of physical appearance. As well as I can remember, he said:

"It's not straight men deciding what sexy is. It's women and gay men. Women and gay men say here, this is what you're supposed to be sleeping with now."

As insufferable as Bill Maher is, he gets it right from time to time. As much as I would like to see Beyonce and Lena Dunham fade into obscurity, I can't help but worry about who will be thrust upon us next.

It seems odd to me that even now, with multiculturalism and political correctness at their peak, it's primarily the light skinned black women that are being presented as sex symbols to the masses. I think the black community in the US has always prized light skin. Just because they won't admit it, doesn't mean it isn't true. I was told by an older (well, just plain old) black woman that she was denied admission to a black college because she was "too dark".

Sadly, there was a time in my life when I might have taken Lena Dunham home from the bar. On more than one occasion I had to tell myself that all cats look gray in the dark to rationalize picking low hanging fruit.

peterike said...

Beyonce has no ass? I thought her ass was like her whole thing. Or maybe I'm confusing her with some other R&B diva. I don't know. I cannot stand contemporary R&B; it literally puts me into a foul mood when I hear it. And it's everywhere.

As for Dunham, I guess I'm the outlier on the Alt-right or whatever you want to call it because I think she's extremely talented and her show is terrific. Of course her politics are idiotic but if I dismissed everything based on someone's politics there would be nothing left to watch.

I don't find "Girls" particularly political, other than its wide open acceptance of any and every "life style," but everything is like that now. And the Adam character on the show is often quite good at puncturing Hannah's stupider progressive notions. And the Marnie character in this past season was essentially a cautionary tale about the damage caused by rampant female hypergamy.

So screw you guys, it's a great show!

Steve Johnson said...

"So screw you guys, it's a great show! "

If you watch it Lena's character never comes off well when she's pouring out the progressive line - she's continually humiliated by the ridiculousness of it.

She also constantly eats and when she's prodded to exercise she gives up immediately so there's no "oh fat is just something that happens" - the show is quite clear that being fat and disgusting looking is the outward manifestation of a severely flawed character (gluttony and sloth are two of the seven deadly sins for a reason).