Archiv für Mai 2007

Nochmal: Haare!

Vielleicht haben ein paar den Text schon vor einiger Zeit auf Riot Grrrl Europe entdeckt (wenn ich mich richtig erinnere, steht der da schon seit Jahren) – aber das Ding ist einfach zu gut, um es nicht im Mädchenblog zu erwähnen!
Die Verfasserin, Sara, beschäftigt sich in Presentation: Black and White Pictures of My Legs mit dem Tabu weiblicher Körperbehaarung.
Und mal ehrlich: wo bitteschön sieht man denn Frauen mit behaarten Beinen/Achseln? Da „sucht“ man schon auf offener Straße lange genug. In Zeitschriften, Fernsehen und überall sonst – Fehlanzeige. Sogar dort, wo die weibliche Behaarung nun mal zwangsläufig behandelt werden muß, wird sie mehr oder weniger elegant ignoriert:

The models in those commercials are usually shown shaving or depilating their already perfectly smooth legs.

Auch bei den unvermeidlich alljährlichen Beiträgen zur Haarentfernung in Frauen-/Mädchenzeitschriften werden zig Methoden genannt – die Möglichkeit, das Zeug einfach wachsen zu lassen, wird in der Regel verschwiegen, als sei das mal so überhaupt nicht in Betracht zu ziehen. Die Illustrationen zeigen natürlich auch kein einziges Härchen. Teilweise bieten inzwischen sogar Apotheken Haarentfernung an (geht man da normalerweise nicht nur hin, wenn man krank ist???). (mehr…)

was so geschrieben wird am anderen ende der welt…

cosmopolitan

artikel aus der australischen cosmopolitan.

Mulit-millionaire (and Paris Hilton´s ex) Joe Francis is bringing his US TV show, Girls Gone Wild, to Australia. To publicise the Australian DVD launch of GGW, Francis will arrive in early May, on the look-out for Aussie women willing to flash their bresats. Girls Gone Wild has a cult following among female fans in the US, but this mothe we ask: does boob-flashing exploint young women, or empower them?
„NO!“ says Zoe Sheridan, copanelist on Channel 9´s The Catch up:
‚There´s a time and a place for breast-flashing. A few years back when I was getting o a plane to Brisbane and my Mum was crying because I was leaving, I turned around and flashed my boobs at her just before i boarded. And it worked! It made her laugh. But i don´t agree with flashing your boobs for a bunch of men or on TV – that´s just low-grade porn. If Joe Francis and his team really want to do a reality show in Australia, perhaps they should do one that inspires men (and women), and keep the breast-flashing out of it!
Showing your boobs might be an effect of feminism in that some girls feel empowered and confident enought to show off their bodies and `be like blokes`, but feminisn is really about gender equality. And if men are ogling your breast, tell me, where is the equality in that?
Boob-flashing isn´t sexy either. Sexy is leaving something to the imagination. You can be sexy by wearing something that makes you feel special, like a great dress. Do you think it would be sexy if a guy flashing his penis? No, it´s disgusting. I think you can be proud of your body either showing it off. Lots of women think they have a nice, toned bum, but they don´t go around pulling their pants down and giving `brown eyes`to everyone! If any Cosmo girl are thinking of heading to the Cold Coast to track Joe Francis down, think about it – once recorded, this footage will be there forever. We all like to feel sexy, but there are better ways to embrace it. Save your breast-flasing for your partner. Or, if you think you´ve got freat breasts, get a black-and-white photo of them framed to look back on later when they start drooping`

„YES!“ says Amber Petty, media personality and SA FM radio host:
`Girls have gone wild, and whether you like it or not, there´s no turning back. We´re a different breed of young women now…. there are girls woh look up to Paris Hilton, Tara Reid and Britney! It´s become fashionable to flash your boobs, or even worse, your `lady garden`.
Shows like Girls Gone Wild are hardly going to shock the averange Australian. I think we´ve all seen schoolies week it doesn´t get much trashier than that. Men have been behavin badly forever, and it´s always been acceptable for them. Now it seems that girls are giving as good as they get. Is it feminism? Well, women have alway had to put up with drunk men shouting obscenities about their bodies.
Of course, of you take away the naughtiness of something , no one makes a big deal of it anymore. Girls going around flashing their boobs in public, while entertaining for a lot o men, kind of say to them, `Stuff you! Your fun at our expense, and we couldn‘t care less`. Ultimately, the solution to the
Girls Gone Wild issue is, `If you don´t like it, don´t watch it‘ cos `getting the girls out` is here to stay!`“

if it´s possible, please comment in english.
wenn möglich, bitte in english kommentieren, möchte den link an cosmo schicken.

How to Control My Body

gleichnamiger artikel von analee newitz auf alternet.org. auf jeden fall lesenswert.
kurze zusammenfassung: in der diskussion steht eine pille, die neben empfängnisverhütung zusätzlich die menstruation verhindert (die in dieser situation ja sowieso nur noch eine „kosmetische institution“ ist – es gibt keine eier die reifen und von daher auch keine notwendigkeit, diese rauszuwerfen), da anstatt 7 placebos (oder vielleicht häufiger – 7 tagen pause) eben standard-pillen eingenommen werden. manche leute finden das jetzt ganz schlimm, angeblich sei es „unnatürlich“ bzw „unweiblich“.

The biological functioning of my body is all over the news right now. Lawmakers and federal regulatory agencies are asking themselves whether I should be allowed to have abortions, and whether I should be allowed to take a drug that prevents me from menstruating.
[…] However, the issue of controlling menstrual cycles is unequivocally about the female reproductive cycle, untainted by questions of embryo civil rights. Why should there be any controversy over pharmaceutical company Wyeth marketing Lybrel, which is exactly like a birth control pill without the seven-day placebo cycle that creates a fake period? (In case you aren‘t a Pill geek, the period women have while taking contraceptive pills is caused only by hormone fluctuation and not a biological need to flush out unused eggs — the Pill works by preventing the ripening of said eggs. So it’s purely a cosmetic menstrual cycle.)
[…] Why are women eager to relinquish control over their periods, arguably one of the most annoying parts of being a biological female? After all, we take calcium pills to control bone density; we take showers to control odor; and take ibuprofen to control pain. None of these things are necessary. We don‘t do them because we are sick, and not doing them won‘t kill us. So why shouldn‘t we take control of our bodies and stop having periods if we want to?
[…] I say if we can take pills that free us from having to deal with the monthly goo and bother, then let’s do it. Nobody is saying periods are sick or wrong here. It’s just that they‘re annoying and uncomfortable — and if women don‘t want to deal with them, they shouldn‘t have to. [read more]

Dr. Sommer, zieh dich warm an!

Ich bin kein großer Fan von Ratgeberkolumnen und war es auch in meiner Zeit als Teenager nicht. Zum einen liegt es an einer gewissen Art und Weise der Antworten, die in diesem Blog ja schon mal Thema waren, zum anderen daran, dass die Fragestellungen bzw. die Antworten nicht so ganz aus meiner eigenen Welt zu stammen schienen. Und hätte ich dennoch eine Frage gehabt oder wäre ein Problem zu lösen gewesen – weder Dr. Sommer noch Gabi hätte ich ernsthaft über den Weg getraut. Es ist ja nun nicht so, dass da Leute Ratschläge erteilen, die überhaupt gar keine Ahnung haben oder ernsthaft gefährlichen Murks von sich geben. Trotzdem waren und sind mir diese Kolumnen äußerst suspekt. (mehr…)