There Are Enough Double Standards Out There, Why Create More?

6 05 2009

  

So Carrie Prejean (the one who made the anti-gay comments), the 2009 Miss California winner, has been discovered to have taken some topless photos a few years back. Of course, there was a rather ridiculous scandal and the pageant community was shocked. Outraged! Horrified! They are as prim and proper as a Victorian nanny, apparently.

Now we all know that pageants have a swimsuit portion… Well, what in the hell do the pageant organizers THINK is being ogled? The future Miss California’s big, bouncing brains? No. They doth protest too much, I think. Topless photos surface, and that’s a big no-no, but stripping down to a string bikini and striding the stage is fine and dandy? That’s exactly what a stripper does. But if a contestant revealed a past career in exotic dancing, I’m betting she’d be out on her ass.

Get real, folks. These women are being judged for their bodies- repeat, THEIR bodies. They can do what they like with them. An organization shouldn’t criticize women for revealing themselves for a camera rather than onstage. If you were the Girl Scouts, then yes, the photos would be inappropriate. You’re not- you’re a contest that requires an itty bitty bikini, so reap what you’ve sown.





Violence

14 03 2009

I’m sure everyone out there knows the situation with Rihanna and Chris Brown. If you don’t, go do a little googling and you’ll be quickly enlightened as to the sad, sad situation.

Now that you know what’s going on, read this and this. Yeah, it’s true, I can verify it- people at my school have said similar things. I heard one prostitot freshman girl say perkily, “Maybe it was foreplay!” No, honey, no it wasn’t. Another girl said, “It’s her fault, if you know something’s gonna piss a guy off don’t do it.”

Fan-tastic relationship advice, no? I want to say that if you’re so damned stupid that you think relationship abuse is ok you deserve it because god forbid you manage to live long enough to pass on your defective genes. I won’t say that because obviously some people (men get abused, too) are simply terrified and don’t know their options. This whole entire situation and the public’s outlook on it is deplorable. People, stand up for yourselves. It’s not that hard to flip open a phone book and call a hotline, crash with a friend, buy yourself some pepper spray. Obviously if you are genuinely afraid for your life then you’ll need the police. I say that if we think, even for a second, that Rihanna ‘deserved’ it or that she must have ‘provoked’ Chris, we are as guilty as if we’d slapped her ourselves. Don’t nod vaguely and make noises at people who are supporting abuse in anyway; that makes you an accomplice. If you’re mad at someone, use a little grey matter and tell them, don’t hit them. No one, ever, ever, deserves to have the person they love or like hurt them, physically or otherwise. That is unforgivable.