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The Obama camp replied:
“It is shameful and downright perverse for the McCain campaign to use a bill that was written to protect young children from sexual predators as a recycled and discredited political attack against a father of two young girls – a position that his friend Mitt Romney also holds. Last week, John McCain told Time magazine he couldn’t define what honor was. Now we know why.”
Oh. Fuckin’. Snap.
Frankly, the American people ought to be insulted by this kind of thing.
If you’ve known me 20 minutes, no doubt I’ve told you one of my father’s great tidbits of advice: If you want to pass the Foreign Service exam, read every issue of The Economist cover to cover for 2 years. Now, I have no real desire to be an FSO but I have inherited an ardent love of this spectacular publication.
Apparently I’m not the only one–The Guardian spotlighted two examples demonstrating the Economist’s shift in readership. The first is a delightful rap song by a duo called Psikotic with lyrics like “The style in which they write is simple and concise, how do they get their sentences so precise?”. The second is a facebook group (that I’ve been a memeber of for a long time) called Sir – I am rather fond of your publication The Economist. Unbeknown to me, the founder was a Canadian secondary school student.
For their part, the publication seems to welcome the diversification in readership. For those who have never read it, you should know from the jump that it has a decidedly pro free trade and democratic slant to it. Slant is putting it too lightly–it has an incline worthy of skiing. It redeems itself with its letters to the editor. I can’t think of anywhere else you’ll find the Australian Interior Minister on the same page as an Iowan farmer. They might not agree, but they’re right next to each other!
That’s worth the $8 a week to me.
Disney has caused controversy across the pond by selling packs of underpants with the phrase “Dive In” on the front. It’s apparently referencing a line from the bewilderingly successful cash cow High School Musical. I find it difficult to swallow that after the PR fiasco of Vanessa Hudgens’ naked photos Disney would be naive enough to let something like this slide out of its sweatshops and into your local Walmart–Disney, the company parents know and trust for wholesome family entertainment.
…And yet there is simply no greater public illustration of the virginal sexual self objectification of young girls than the current crop of Disney stars. Miley Cyrus, who has ad nauseum professed her devotion to abstinence, has many-a-leaked myspace photo like this that make the controversy over her pictures in Vanity Fair seem ridiculous. By willingly injecting her status as zealous virgin into her media narrative, she and so many others (The Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez, Brittney Spears, Hilary Duff ect. ect.) have found a way to talk about their sexuality (and make the public mind linger on it) with complete impunity.
Miley Cyrus is not at all atypical in her efforts to toe the line between ‘wholesome girl’ and ‘desireable sexual commodity’. Virginal sexual self objectification is a broad social trend–the result of a Pussy Cat Dolls culture coupled with abstinence only sex education. Women learn their self worth is, first and for most, based on their sexual desirability but are shunned if they actually want to engage in sexual activity for their own pleasure. 3 waves of feminism later, women’s public sexuality is still not one of action. Most of us find still needs the constant encouragement and validation of the male gaze. This has not wained, it has worsened–becoming more ingrained in the collective psyche with the ever more ubiquitous image of women as cut of meat. Raunchy Disney lingerie seems only the logical next step.
Perhaps there is a connection between the appalling upswing in the sexualization of little girls and the popularity of To Catch a Predator. As I’m sure I will find myself asking a lot on this blog: Where the hell is Chris Hansen when you need him?