Jessica Rey presents the history of the evolution of the swimsuit including the origins of its design, how it has changed overtime and the post-feminist association of the bikini symbolizing female empowerment. She refers to neuro-scientific studies revealing how male brains react to images of scantily clad women versus images of women deemed modest and what the implications of the results are for women in society.
(Note: As the OP, I disagree with Rey’s approach to putting the onus on women to alter ourselves rather than to alter the male perception of women – brain wiring has plenty to do with socialization and if we worked against the culture that fuels men’s objectification of women, women’s clothing choices would matter far less in terms of how men perceive us and determine how to interact with us).
bolding mineAs I was reading this, I started thinking about how so many advertisements for so many products (tools, cars, energy drinks, deodorant, magazines etc) needlessly use the generic image of a woman in a bikini next to the product. I wonder how much that has to do with that reaction.
the bolded part !
And yet we still have to be taught to look, and to tell our stories. …Despite the utter absence of us, it’s still an internal revolution to say wait a minute, we are not only worthy of great art, but the source of great art.
|—||Junot Diaz, in conversation with the New Yorker’s Hilton Als at The Strand, NYC 04-12-13 (via framesjanco)|
i gave my dog a tortilla chip ten minutes ago and she won’t fucking eat it she’s just staring at me with it in her mouth
she’s waiting for the salsa
lmao i swear japan has the greatest game shows
WAS THAT PLUNGER WORTH IT
DID SHE DIE I DONT UNDERSTAND OH MY GOD
WHAT THE FUCK JAPAN
OH WELL FUCK I MEAN IF THEY TASTE SLIGHTLY LIKE FUCKING WALNUTS THEN WHATS THE FUCKING POINT OF TIME CONTROL
|—||Edgar Allan Poe, Complete Writings (via abbiejoanx)|
I just made the most inhuman noise
WHEN IT REALIZES THE PERSON IS STILL THERE AND GOES BACK TO BEING ‘DEAD’oh my god
OH MY GOOOOOD