March 30, 2012

Meanwhile, in Maxim: “How to Cure a Feminist in 4 Easy Steps.”

For more like this: Sexist Maxim Photo Spread? Hack it.

Image via Professor Yesi King:

“So according to Maxim in order to “cure” a feminist and turn her into a “real girl”, you have to feminize and pornographize her…Yes this image was really in Maxim magazine and no thanks Maxim, I’ll pass.”

Bonus: comment from a friend, Tessa:

“I am laughing really loudly at this. Firstly, every version of this girl is beautiful. And secondly, if one were to dig just an inch deep into the origins of what is considered ‘girly’ as of this moment, he would see cunning marketers of previously unneeded products all the way. A screaming example: shaving one’s legs etc was not introduced as a norm till about may be a century ago or so, and for thousands of years before that femme fatales did just fine a la naturale. So it’s all a matter of taste and culture, ladies and gentlemen. And yes I did research, it is my pet peeve!”

…and from another comment by Tessa:

“The hungry zombie look in the eyes of a girl on the right is a disservice to both men and women. Because in real life attractive, intelligent, healthy women don’t have the hots for the type of men who would look to Maxim for instruction on how to be a man.”

After looking into this (it’s hot on Facebook, where Professor King’s share has 2300 comments), it’s a 10 year old article. And, apparently, a timeless issue:

My take: I’d rather go out with a bicycling, vegan, anti-war feminist (save the corporation-fueling, death-hurrying cigs, though) than a conventional, sitcom-watching woman.

Good thing then that those aren’t the only two choices, and that we all have contradictions, and that life and particularly love can’t, and shouldn’t, be reduced to action figure attributes.

Relephant bonus:

Feminism has never been so Cute: Girls’ Prep in NYC.

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