I read Sheryl Sandberg’s Corporate Feminist Manifesto, ‘Lean in,’ thought it was - in Fact - Pretty Damn Good, and wrote this Piece about its Relationship to my Ploy to seduce Some of the World’s Most Powerful CEOs, including Sandberg’s Current and Former Bosses! tee hee
I Probably won’t see Spring Breakers for a Long Time because there is Only this Tiny Run-down Theater in the Town I live in and Spring Breakers ain’t Really its Style, and I have no Money, besides, to go to Vancouver and indulge my Curiosity there ( though the Temptation xists ), but that’s Okay, Kids! You know why? Because I have an Imagination and my Imagination is Better than Harmony Korine’s! At Least according to my Standards it is. Where Spring Breakers will unDoubtably disappoint me by being Thoroughly American and not-so Feminist and Creepy in its Racial Profiling, I, as an All-Powerful Artist, can watch a Few Trailers, read a Few Critical reViews, listen to Some RiFF RaFF, and make up my Own, Far Better Movie by stringing All these imPressions through with the Twine of my Politikal Perspective. Ha ha.
‘Self-Objectification as Power’ - from # [ [[ \ [ : Why the Nudie Porn Pics, yo? : ] / ]] ] #
I am aWare that growing up immersed in a Culture that promotes Self-Objectification of Bodies that resemble mine ( Thin, Young, White, cis-Female ) as a Means of Power Attainment for those Bodies inspired me to begin Self-objectifying as a Means of attaining Power. My Culture taught me that, as a Lady who looks like I do, if I wanted Power, the Thing to do was Self-objectify – offer my Body for Consumption in Return for Gifts within the Patriarchal Attention Economy. I have not rejected this Premise. What I have rejected is Three-Fold: 1 ) that Self-Objectification is the Only Means by which it is Acceptable for a Lady as a Lady to achieve Power, 2 ) that Self-Objectification invalidates Any Intellectual Point being made by the Lady Self-Objectifying ( “As a Lady, you are either a Hot Body or an Ugly Brain. There is no in between” ) and 3 ) that Self-Objectification cannot serve as a Tool in dismantling Patriarchy.
These Three Premises are rejected in my Art through the Juxtaposition of Self-Objectifying Imagery with Strong Feminist Philosophical Messages. What this Juxtaposition aims to communicate is that “a Feminist World is a Sxier World than a Patriarchal World.” Under Patriarchy, the Feminine Body is held up as Desirable Only so Long as it conforms to Patriarchal Beauty Standards, while the Feminine Intellect is dismissed as Worthless. Should a Lady display Intellect, she is portrayed as “not Feminine and not Sxe.” Under Feminism, the Full Range of Feminine Body Types and Feminine Intellects are celebrated in their Diversity and inteGrities.
Self-Objectifying Imagery and Stories aLone do not comprise a Threat to the Patriarchy. It is a Trick which has Young Ladies convinced Self-Objectification = emPowerment. This is Truest, Perhaps, in the Case of Ladies whose Bodies do not fit Patriarchal Beauty Standards. Simply to Self-objectify when the Status Quo has deemed you unWorthy of Sxual Attention is a Challenge to the System of Bodily oppression. Still, Young Ladies who Self-objectify within the Arts but do not pose a Threat to the Patriarchy either through their Philosophies or through their Body Types are held up by the Patriarchy as Feminine Role Models in Order to encourage Young Ladies who fit these Body Types to seek emPowerment through Self-Objectification. Two Xamples include, in Music, Lana Del Rey, and in Literature, Marie Calloway. Both Lana Del Rey and Marie Calloway can be called “Feminist” because their Work xplores the Feminine Realm of Xperience. The underLying Message of Both Young Ladies’ Art, however, is that emPowerment is to be sought, by Young Ladies, through submissive Self-Objectification. Lana Del Rey may be a Careerist, but her Songs are allmost Universally about seeking Validation and Life Xperience through a Man who finds her Body Sxually Attractive. Marie Calloway may have commented that Some Men find her Ugly, and may promote the Creation of Art as a Means to subvert Patriarchy, but her Short Stories and Collages and the Means she has gone about achieving a Career suggest that seeking Validation and Life-Xperience through Men who find you, as a Lady, Sxually Attractive is the Most Effective Way to become a Celebrated Lady Writer. It is not the Self-Objectification these Young Ladies engage in that is their Short-Fall as Feminist Role Models, but the underLying Messages of their Art, which offer Little, Philosophically, beyond Self-Objectification as a Means of Power Attainment under Patriarchy. Which is to say that this Art is, in Fact, supporting a Power Structure which views the Power of Ladies as ending at the Men with whom they associate. “A Lady is Only as Powerful as the Man she is Self-objectifying for.
My Xperiment !~OPERATION FUN~! is intended as a subVersion of the “Feminine Self-Objectification as Power under Patriarchy which does not threaten Patriarchy” Trope. It intends to show that Self-Objectification can be used as a Tool in dismantling Patriarchy. !~OPERATION FUN~! was inspired by Marie Calloway’s Adrian Brody, the Story of “Marie Calloway’s” Seduction of New Inquiry Editor Rob Horning – who is called “Adrian Brody” in the Story – which catapulted her to Literary Fame. Adrian Brody is Blandly written and Most Likely would not have achieved reCognition were it not for the Fact that a Young Lady Author calling herSelf “Marie Calloway” did indeed have Sx with New Inquiry Editor Rob Horning, who, unlike Marie Calloway at the Time, had Some Fame in NYC Literary Circles. Much of the Debate around Adrian Brody was concerned with whether or not the Story was “Feminist” – in that a Young Lady xploited Rob Horning for Fame ( her Advantage, his emBarrassment ) – or was “not Feminist” – in that the Story had Little Artistic Value outside of its Voyeuristic Aspects – the Only Reason People were talking about “Marie Calloway” was because of her Willingness, as an Attractive Young Lady, to Self-objectify in her Art. I think Both of these Points are True. Marie Calloway did manage to xploit Rob Horning in a Way that was to her Advantage and his emBarrassment, but, the Story also had Little Artistic Value beyond its Voyeuristic Aspects, which were predicated on the Self-objectification of a Young Lady. I felt that the Story was, in the End, was not Very emPowering to Young Ladies because, due to its Lack of Artistic Merit beyond its Voyeuristic Aspects, it encouraged Young Ladies to seek Fame in their Arts not through Technical Prowess but through offering Sxual Favours to Men in Positions of Power and then offering these Sxual Favours up to the Public to be enjoyed Vicariously. “A Lady is Only as Powerful as the Man she is Self-objectifying for.”
The Compelling Conflicts inherent in the Story Adrian Brody as a Thing that happened, which compensated for its Lack of Literary Technical Prowess ( what I Usually read for ), inspired me to create the emPowering Feminist Story Adrian Brody was not. Is it Possible, I wondered, to write a Story about a Young Lady who trades Sx with an Older Male in a Position of Power that works towards the Aims of freeing Young Ladies from their Position as the Perennial Sx Object? A Difficult Riddle to solve! I wanted to write this Story because I believe in Self-Objectification as a Tool of Self-emPowerment. What I would like to see is not the End of Self-Objectification by Ladies, but the Equalization of Power Dynamics in Sxual Role Playing between Men and Ladies. Which is to say that I wanted to write a Story in which Man and Lady were Equally Sxual Subject and Object and in which the Lady’s Self-Objectification served the Purpose of liberating her from Patriarchal Standards of Conduct. This would set it apart from Adrian Brody, which reinforced Patriarchal Standards of Conduct by implying that “a Lady is Only as Powerful as the Man she is Self-objectifying for.” Though Both Stories would centre around a Young Lady seeking Fame through offering Sxual Favours to a Powerful Man ( a Common enough Occurrence under Patriarchy ) the Message of my Story would be, “Because we live in a Patriarchy, a Talented Young Lady felt she had to associate herSelf with a Powerful Man in order to be taken Seriously; however, her Power goes above and beyond the Man she has chosen to associate with, and, once she associates with him, her Power, which Others had dismissed due to Patriarchal Bias, is Evident.”
The Result was !~OPERATION FUN~!.
In !~OPERATION FUN~!, a Young Lady named “Andrea Coates” decides she will seduce a Powerful Man named “Shane Smith” whose Media Company, VICE, is Guilty of publishing Young Ladies whose Careers were made on their Pubic Sxual Relationships with allready Established Male Writers, that is to say Girls whose Careers were made on their being the Sx Objects of Male Writers who were established on their Literary Talents aLone. Andrea Coates’ Logic is that if Shane Smith is willing to pay these Girls to write because their Fames, acquired via their Sxual Relationships ( their being Sxually objectified ), bring More Readers to his Magazine, he is condoning the Seeking of Power, inFluence and Jobs by Young Ladies through their Seduction of Well-Placed Men ( he is encouraging Ladies Self-objectify for Fame ), which leaves him Vulnerable to being seduced himSelf. But, because Andrea Coates’ Purpose in seducing Shane Smith is not just Power and inFluence and a Job, but to draw Attention to the Patriarchal Bias in Media ( which is a Bias in who is Sxually objectified ), which she hopes to remedy, she will not have Sx with Shane Smith unless he agrees to apologize, Publicly, for this Company’s Complicity in Gender-Biased Sxual Objectification.
Andrea Coates seeks to make Shane Smith fall in Love with her by displaying not Only her Youthful, Conventionally-Attractive Body ( by Self-objectifying ), but also her Skills as an Author and Media-Producer ( displaying her Complx Reality as Subject ). This is an imPortant Diversion from Adrian Brody because while that Story is told from a Feminine Subjective Perspective, it does not so Much highlight Marie Calloway’s Efforts to prove to Adrian Brody her Complx Subjectivity, but her Willingness to objectify herSelf to flatter his Subjective Ego. While Both Adrian Brody and !~OPERATION FUN~! make “the Man” the Sxual Object of a Feminine Subject, Adrian Brody focuses on Marie Calloway’s submission to Adrian Brody during their Sxual enCounter, her Willingness to be “the Admiring Young Lady” for him, her Willingness to let him cum on her Face, etc, re-establishing her as the Primary Object. !~OPERATION FUN~!, meanwhile, focuses on Andrea Coates’ Desire to Sxually and Intellectually dominate Shane Smith, to Publically shame him for his Errors of the Past, to sxualize him on the Basis of his Worldly Success, to have him publish More Sxually-Objectifying Images of Men in his Magazine, and to have him live in Open PolyAmory. So, even though Andrea Coates is the One Naked in All of the Photographs in !~OPERATION FUN~!, Shane Smith is Constantly being reminded of his Position as the Object of Andrea Coates’ Lust – she wants him to know what it feels like to be objectified in the Media. !~OPERATION FUN~! establishes “Andrea Coates’” Moral and Intellectual Superiority over “Shane Smith,” which not Only Firmly defines her as Subject, but means she will Sxually dominate Shane Smith, no matter his Material and Physical Power over her, as the metaPhysical directs the Physical. In Return for her Moral and intelLectual Gifts, Shane Smith is to award Andrea Coates Sx and Access to his Media Empire, equalizing their Power. And while Adrian Brody ends with Both Characters looking Morally-Suspect ( Marie Calloway needs a Man to make her Career / Adrian Brody cheats on his GirlFriend with a Younger Lady because she flatters his Professional Ego ), Andrea Coates and Shane Smith are Morally redeemed of their Actions by the Apology for and commitment to address the Sxist Bias at VICE Media, Andrea Coates’ Body Merely being a Bribe to get Shane Smith to make this Apology and Commitment. Finally, for its Unique Literary Style and Philosophical Depth, !~OPERATION FUN~! has Value as a Work of Art outside of whether or not Andrea Coates and Shane Smith ever have Sx. Adrian Brody, however, outside of its Value, based in the Actuality of the Sx described, as Gossip, is not Very Well-written or Philosophically proFound.
This was Simply an Xample of how Self-Objectification is a Tool that can be used either to reinforce the Patriarchy or to challenge it.
S.i/S: on Weed and Beauty
Hap’e found, now that she had the Option of smoking Weed Frequently, the Drug made her Paranoid. She was More of a Liquor Girl she determined based on an Xperince with Paulie Sartre, when they were still dating, and she got Some Grass off a Kid on the Bus and she and Paulie smoked it against his Car at the Dead-End of a Road leading to the Ridge that overlooked the Mill, and then they went to Tim Horton’s and drank Coffee, and, sitting Nxt to the Window, like they were Figures in an unShaken Snow Globe, Hap’e Blue said to Paulie Sartre, “Laughter is Nature’s Way of helping us deal with the Things that would Otherwise would make us cry”; as Well as on an Xperience smoking a Bunch of Herb at Lunch with Zach Bow and Will Nichols and Caleb McEwan, and then going back to School and wandering the Halls, which were Full of TeenAgers, and catching a Glance at herSelf in a Pane of Glass in a Door, at her Mad Gothique outFit, her Hair Freshly dyed Black and dreaded and done up in PigTails that stuck out of her Head, a Ring in her Lip, a Black Leather Chocker around her Neck along with a NeckLaces of Various Lengths, wearing a Bright Blue Tank-Top with an Ivory Slip with the Straps cut off propped under her Breasts as a Faux Corset, Long Black ArmWarmers made from Tights, Bracelts, a Black Tutu she had sewed herSelf in Home Ec, Black and White Striped Stockings, Furry Black LegWarmers, Boots - Hap’e Blue was SixTeen Years Old and had been working on her Attire for Two Years now - but she had to ask herSelf as she continued down the Hall, “Why do I look so Weird. ” The Word echoed in her Head for the Next Half Hour - Weird. Hap’e Blue Nearly cried over it, her Weirdness, Right there, in Class, but then she recalled that when not Stoned, dressing up Gothique was the One Thing that, no Matter what else was going on in her Life, made her feel Happy. SomeTimes, like after she got too Drunk at a Party, or said SomeThing Jejune in Front of Caleb McEwan, Hap’e Blue would feel aShamed of herSelf, but if she took or had taken the Time to dress up and could say to herSelf with Certainty, “I’m Beautiful,” she felt she could ride it out, that All her Sins would be forgiven, that Beauty was a Kind of get out of Jail Free Card ( this is what her Culture had taught her ), even if her Conventional Feminine Beauty had been skewed by her Sense of Style, which she figured was Representative of her Desire not to be associated with Convention, even if Nature had provided her with All the ins, All the “Assets” lauded by a Culture which values Girls for their Bodies, which she could xploit should she wish to do so, which she supposed she did, being Such a Fan of Low-Cut Shirts and Short Skirts and AnyThing Tight and Shiny ( Beauty is Much More so about Confidence in your Beauty, thought Hap’e Blue, who was Lucky enough, depite her inSecurities about her Personality [ which was loath to accepted Normalicy even as anOther Part of her, the inSecure Part, craved it ], to have Never suffered Body Image Issues, which affected even Girls as Appropriately Thin and Voluptuous and White as herSelf, than about conforming to Any Standards of Beauty - More about Style than Fashion ). Hap’e would have sworn off the Pot right then ( after the Weird inCident ), had it not been for its Continuous use among the People she liked the Best. Sitting at Reddick’s Place, watching the Consumption of Weed, Hap’e Blue didn’t understand how the Stoners could smoke so Much Green and not worry about their Sanities like she did. Anti-Drug Propaganda aimed at TeenAgers, however, failed to grasp the True Love the Stoners had for their Drug of Choice. “Weed isn’t a Drug,” Will Nichols had said. “It’s a Way of Life.”