She Who Shall Not Be Named

I normally refrain from using celebrity names in the headlines of my posts. I don’t tweet them, don’t pin them; they are not in my feed. Not saying I don’t enjoy popular culture or am aware of who’s making the news. I just don’t want to add to the mind-numbing buzz that keeps superfluous information on the front-lines of the attention wars.

Bad behavior doesn’t need promotional help from me. Sure, I like talking entertainment. I am interested in Hollywood business and I don’t mind poking a bit of fun at well-known figures. To me media matters but when it gets nonsensical, mean, and downright pointless, I bow out. I simply believe we have much greater things to talk about than celebrity rap sheets. I am under no illusions. however, as to being a voice in the wilderness. It’s a rare blogger that can pass up the SEO honey of using celebrity misfortune clickbait.

Putting reservations aside, I finally write this blog post about she who shall not be named who has North America’s media wagging tongues along side hers. It was actually political and cultural commentator Caroline Heldman’s words that forced me to break my silence. Her insights really summed up the entire affair. It reminded me why we keep coming to this discussion around female images in the media.

In a short clip pulled from Lip TV’s extended interview, Heldman talked about the toils of objectification and the social costs of hyper-sexualized images. They have a proven negative impact on our psyche and the psyches of our daughters and sons. Heldman states they create a distorted view of womanhood that undermined our social strives at equality. This might seem a retread of feminist speak but what set her aside is the refusal to throw blame on what she ultimately sees as straw men or women.

Heldman wasn’t critical of child star’s turned to sexpots themselves. She argues for little Disney Princesses there’s really nowhere else to go. These preened little girls now women had arguably no choice in order to stay relevant in the world they grew up in. Raised as an object they will stay as one, unlikely to know any other modus operandi. Heldman points out that while each of these young women may claim they feel empowerment through their semi-conscious media manipulation, in reality, they aren’t really directors of their own success. They’re playing the game but in truth, only one role is really open to them if they aim to keep on the board. Heldman asserts ultimately we do not control our image and have little say in others perceptions. Women, she says, to really achieve empowerment need to stop playing the game and change the rules of it.

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