: "Outraged moms, trashy daughters"

Jason M. Hendler
08-11-2010, 04:01 PM
"Outraged moms, trashy daughters"

Link (http://www2.macleans.ca/2010/08/10/outraged-moms-trashy-daughters/)

Great article documenting something I've tracked for a number of years in the movie industry, as titles like:

Nancy Drew
Kit Kittridge
Romona and Beezus

all flounder, while titles like:

Sex and the City 1 and 2
Twilight Saga 1, 2, 3 and 4 Parts 1 and 2

soar to unforeseen heights for female audience demographics.

The issue culminated in the recent revelation that Lawrence Fishburn's daughter chose to break into films by starring in a porno-graphic movie through an established adult studio, instead of through her father's Hollywood connections. I still remember when Lisa Bonet from the Cosby Show sought "permission" from Bill Cosby to do a brief topless scene in one of her first movies - it was such a scandal then. Now that Kim Kardashian is wealthy and famous from her sex tape, the next generation of celebritants are following a far different route.

I do take exception to the assertion in the article that the previous generation of women are "watching Grey's Anatomy", etc. Demographic studies show half those watching Sex in the City and reading / watching Twilight are women over age 25.

No doubt, there must be some correlation of these events and the countless cases of female teachers stalking and / or having sex with their male students.

Anyway, I am glad someone finally wrote this article. It is insufficient to state that “Reality TV producers have achieved what the most ardent fundamentalists and anti-feminists haven’t been able to achieve”. It's called "reality TV" for a reason, and the seeds of these problems were sown long ago.

08-12-2010, 03:50 AM
While I agree with the article. I also see the humor in the point that society has been worried about the mal upbringing of teenage girls since the Puritans. In the 60s they were worried about their daughters getting on the pill with free love etc. Marilyn monroe got where she was without a squeaky clean record and now they're worried about Kim kardashian like Pamela Anderson before her 15 years ago with Tommy Lee.

Jason M. Hendler
08-12-2010, 09:50 AM

Great point about past celebs - Mae West wore tight dresses and used not so subtle innuendo to achieve her fame and fortune. Then, the public responded by urging leaders for the movie ratings system. Few are calling for it now.

Still, there is a whole new level of young women exploiting their own sexuality. When a girl was ready to come out, she would attend a debutante (sp?) ball. Now, they line up for their nude glamour shot on metart.com .

I certainly think a tipping point happened in the Monica Lewinsky scandal, when women's groups defended Bill Clinton, instead of calling for his ouster. They taught young women that "a blowjob is equivalent to a handshake".

I suppose this all is evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, so the question remains, how do you liberate a society from Victorian rigidity without degenerating to our current downward spiral?