8 Mar 2007, Comments Off on IWD: Blog against Sexism

IWD: Blog against Sexism

Author: Helen

As you probably already know, it’s Blog against Sexism dayThanks for the reminder, Tigtog – which is also International Womens Day. Naturally, I set about thinking about what I would hang my Blog Against Sexism post on.
Image from http://vegankid.solidaritydesign.net/2007/02/24/blog-against-sexism-day-2007/My workload this week doesn’t augur well for a long and complex post, so I was just going to do a bit of a linkfest, when- goodness me!– Mr Dolce and Mr Gabbana, purveyors of overpriced leather crap to the vacuous, dropped this stinking great pantload. [Warning, probably not work safe].

The photo features a blank looking young woman in a bathing suit and high heels being pinned down by a glossy shirtless man while four other men look on.

I can see I’m not alone in being unimpressed (and unlikely to purchase handbags from this emporium, or respect those who do). Pavlov asks, “if they think this image conveys a ‘game’ about ‘seduction’ and ‘beauty’, what sort of image would they have come up with to illustrate an actual gang rape?”

Of course, Hansel and Zoolander Dazza & Gazza reckoned it was a nice, playful, artistic gang rape fantasy, and not at all about creating a faux scandal and getting themselves in the news, thereby making more money from the women they claim to “love” while allowing themselves a quick vent of the woman-hatred buildup at the same time. And I’m sure there will be plenty of people bending over backward to excuse them. Don’t hold your breath for a sensible criticism of D&G from Janice Breen “I don’t know what all the fuss is about skeletal models, it’s just like Hussein Chalayan’s smashable perspex frocks and convertible coffee table/timber skirts and Tsubi’s swarming rats; merely shock value, just because people are actually dying from it is completely irrelevant” Burns, either.

And as for trying to portray your opponents as “old fashioned”, nice try guys, but no cigar. (And yes, that cigar was just a cigar.)

Note that these guys probably have this problem partly because they inhabit a rather hermetic and separate and elite world, that is, the fashion industry. (Huh, timber skirts indeed). Note how “conservative” commentators dump on academics supposedly for the same thing, although most lecturers are working stiffs who go home to the suburbs like everyone else. It’s good to see that, with the skinny-model issue and offensive advertising, the media are starting to call the fashion industry on their stupidity and poor social boundaries, which probably springs from the fact that they are more truly in an ivory tower than any intellectual – but they have vastly more influence on how people actually behave. And how they view and treat women.

Diversion: The IWD rally at the GPO in Melbourne was small, but a goodun. Never mind the width, feel the quality. There was some strange moisture falling out of the sky at intervals which might have disconcerted potential rioters. I missed most of Julia Gillard’s speech because I was a bit late.
For the benefit of US lefty academics, I should point out that I was jostling shoulders amicably with the ASU (some of whom are janitors, in their lingo).

Crossposted at Road to Surfdom

Comments (0)

  • peacay says:

    Thank you. That was a good analysis. My feeling is that there would have been quite a few meetings at D&G about commercial risks of a faux scandal and doubtless the words “perhaps we shouldn’t do it because it’s tasteless, insulting and promoting rape” were not heard.

  • Evan says:

    D&G must be getting pretty desperate.

    Bugger, I gonna have to get my undies somewthwe else now. Mebbie I’ll just go commando.

  • GoTA says:

    As astounding as the whole rank idea is the notion that the bizarre stick-insect creature on the ground and those mannequin clones surrounding it are somehow ‘erotic’.

    But don’t you love D & G’s response:
    “We certainly do not want to attack women, a sex for whom we have always declared our love, as the feminine market represents 60 percent of our worldwide sales.”

    In an inverse way, it rather reminds me of an immortal line in Muriel’s Wedding, where a character is defending her boyfriend against the charge of raping a Japanese tourist:

    “He’d NEVER rape a Japanese woman! He HATES Japanese people.”

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