Take a look at the images from Cosplay for a Cause gallery. There’s some great creativity and talent in these costumes, of course, but there’s also a lot of cleavage and hourglass figures. Don’t think that I object to cleavage and hourglass figures, because I don’t. I just wonder about expectations.
What do you think? Do these images set unrealistic expectations for women who want to cosplay themselves? For how women in the “geek community” should look if they want to be taken seriously by others, especially men?
Or am I over-thinking this?
So, that picture of Sarah Palin in a bikini and carrying a gun? Yeah, not so much.
Don’t get me wrong. Much as I despise Sarah Palin’s positions on most issues and insane as I think the McCain campaign is for selecting her as a VP candidate without bothering to vet her at all (I stand by my assertion that the main reason for the selection and timing was to draw attention from Obama’s amazing speech at the Democrat convension), this kind of thing — a PhotoShopped image which gets captions like, “Meet America’s First Trailer Trash VP” — is really just beneath us. Beneath us as Democrats, beneath us as liberals, beneath us as Americans. It’s absolutely appalling that any woman who rises in politics or any other endeavor which brings her into the spotlight is simply assumed to have posed in skimpy clothing at some point in her past, or even completely nude. Palin never has, and to suggest, even via PhotoShop, that she has is pandering to the worst elements of our culture.
I also should mention that I am thoroughly unimpressed with the revelation that Palin was once a member of the Alaska Independence Party. Unless there is substantial reason to believe that she still believes in their cause and supports their goals, it’s completely irrelevant. After all, I was once a Libertarian; now I consider libertarianism just as flawed as Communism. People change their politics. So what.
And as for her teenage daughter’s pregnancy: Well, yeah, Palin’s remarks display a remarkable amount of hypocrisy, but for God’s sake leave the kid out of it. Again, it’s just beneath us.
Showing skin gives new company boost in business
So you pay a few extra bucks and instead of having a neighborhood kid come out and mow your lawn, you get a hot babe in a bikini. I don’t suppose there’s anything wrong with that per se, but I find the concept very… weird. The article doesn’t say whether the women will be wearing stiletto heels while doing the lawn, but that seems like it would be a logical part of the outfit. And it works for the men, who, instead of having to mow the lawn themselves, get to sit out on the front porch, drinking a beer, and watching a woman in a bikini mow the lawn.
I wonder how their wives feel about it?
What I find most fascinating is that this is a thriving business in the Bible Belt. Sure, the twisted version of Christianity which is stereotypically associated with that area is all about the subjugation of women, and you can’t get more into that mindset than having scantily-clad young women perform manual labor (though they could be naked, I suppose), but women in bikinis — doesn’t that, like, led to children having sex? And terrorism? Perhaps the thinking is that since the young women are going to hell for wearing a bikini in public anyway, they might as well be doing something useful while doing it, like
entertaining men doing manual labor.