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Women Doing Extraordinary Things: Malala Yousafzai   Leave a comment

“All I want is an education. And I’m afraid of no one.” – Malala Yousafzai

Take a Stand for the Girl Who Stood up: Nominate Malala for the Nobel Peace Prize.

This is how you do it. And these are the potential consequences. Go read about an incredibly determined fifteen-year-old girl agitating for education in Taliban-controlled Pakistan. And if you’re moved to do so, sign the petition.

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Posted November 13, 2012 by April L'Orange in Uncategorized

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Objectification on Book Covers: Women vs. Men   Leave a comment

I’m reasonably sure that I passed on Jim C. Hines’ wonderful photo shoot where he mimics female urban fantasy book covers via Twitter a while ago, but I don’t believe I linked it here. Check it out–it’s an attempt not just to talk about the objectification of women on book covers, but to show it, and it succeeds in spades. Because it’s a whole lot more obvious how ridiculous some of these poses are when you have a guy doing them.

Beyond the humor value involved and how obvious the objectification becomes, a lot of these poses range from foolish to impossible. In the post, Mr. Hines observes, “I expected posing like Danielle to feel a little weird and unnatural. I did not expect immediate, physical pain.”

Well, he just did another shoot, this time addressing the question of whether men on romance covers and old school Conan covers are similarly objectified. The conclusions are about what I would have expected, but the photos, as before, are hilarious. Go look. Be sure to read the text on the mocked up book covers–somebody had way too much fun with it. *g*

With those in mind as a baseline, there has been a lot of flap lately about women’s poses that show both the butt and the boobs to the camera at the same time. In general, I agree that it’s ridiculous and requires an unhealthy level of flexibility. However, I notice that some of us are becoming so attuned to these poses, we become eager to swat down anything that isn’t a frontal pose (and those have their own problems, given the almost inevitable cleavage shot), and that’s beginning to irritate me.

I have some issues around stamping a simple side view of a woman as objectifying simply because, from the side, you see the side of a breast, a piece of her face, and the curve of her backside. It isn’t really possible to do a side view without showing any backside unless the woman in question has a really flat butt. That’s where the problem is, for me–because the same pose would not be considered objectifying for a woman who was flat there, but would for a curvy woman. As a curvy woman, I have very little patience with women who aren’t curvy being considered sexy but not over the top in styles that would get curvy women shoved back into a late-night TV time slot simply because curvy women jiggle more. Let’s try not penalizing women for the way they look, whether that’s curvy, flat, large, small, etc. It would be helpful if we could remember that were all on the same team here.

On the other hand, if we’re talking objectification, I have a real problem with a particular fashion pose right now. My sister pointed out, and you know the one I’m talking about, trust me. It’s the one where the woman has no hips to speak of (because pants are cut for women with no hips right now) and then stands with one hip thrust out to one side and her hand on it to draw more attention there, mimicking the curves current fashion doesn’t allow her to have.

Can we please stop sending schizophrenic messages to our daughters this way?

Posted April 23, 2012 by April L'Orange in Uncategorized

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