As it's such an important day in politics today, let's start with a more or less political subject... This weekend I've been reading Female Chauvinist Pigs by Ariel Levy, a very interesting, eye-opening and clever book about the current tendency among quite some women to present 'behaving like a bimbo' as the summum of being an independent, even feminist woman. The 'female chauvinist pig' is a woman who incorporates the stereotypical male fantasy-image of what a sexy woman is like and presents it as her own statement of independance, like the woman who poses for Playboy 'because it makes her feel so strong and powerful'.
Though I enjoyed the book very much, I ended up asking myself: is our society really this bad? Aren't the subjects Levy writes about mainly an American thing? But I didn't have to look for female chauvinist pig-ism in action that very long...
When I opened the gossip section of one of the main dutch news sites today (yes, I always read that section!), I saw a report about the presentation of the Cosmopolitan Award, an award given by dutch Cosmopolitan readers to a woman they admire. The magazine had presented their so-called 'Fun Fearless Female Award' to Lieke van Lexmond, a soap-actress who's recently posed naked in Playboy Magazine twice. 'She's an example to all of us,' jubilated the jury rapport.
Uh... Ahem? It's not that I have anything against her or something, and she's free to do whatever she wants with her body, but why is she an example to all of us? Because she's fearless enough to pose in Playboy? Is that something you should be rewarded for by other women?
But the jury report showed the real reason why the actress/playboy model had won the award: 'Lieke is a beautiful, strong and independent woman. She knew how to transform bad experiences in her love life into something positive. Therefore she's an example to all of us.'
Oh, now I get it... The girl and her boyfriend broke up, she posed in Playboy and she found new love again... How empowering!
So, have had any bad experiences in your love life? You now know how to transform them into something positive! I know we usually only talk about art, craft and design here, but if I'm allowed to influence you just a tiny bit on other subjects: go buy yourself a copy of this book!