December 07, 2012 12:37PM
TAYLOR Swift and Katy Perry have been accused of “ruining women” in a scathing review of their personas.
In an article for Hollywood Reporter, author and academic Camille Paglia accuses the pair of regressing the feminist movement to the “demure, girly-girl days of the white-bread 1950s”.
But Paglia says part of the blame lies with Hollywood, where the aging woman has been rendered “invisible”.
“If girls are helplessly stalled at the ingenue phase, it’s partly because women in their 40s and 50s are, via Botox, fillers and cosmetic surgery, still trying to look like they’re 20,” she writes.
Swift and Perry are among the world’s top-earning musicians, raking in a respective $57 million and $45 million between May 2011 and May 2012 according to Forbes magazine.
“How is it possible that such monumental fortunes could be accumulated by performers whose songs have barely escaped the hackneyed teenybopper genre?” Paglia asks.
“But more important, what do the rise and triumph of Swift and Perry tell us about the current image of women in entertainment?
“It feels positively nightmarish to survivors like me of that rigidly conformist and man-pleasing era, when girls had to be simple, peppy, cheerful and modest. Doris Day, Debbie Reynolds and Sandra Dee formed the national template — that trinity of blond oppressors!
Paglia accuses Swift and Perry of promoting the values engendered by nicer-than-nice 1950s pin-ups like actress Sandra Dee. Source: Supplied
“We’ve somehow been thrown back to the demure girly-girl days of the white-bread 1950s. It feels positively nightmarish to survivors like me of that rigidly conformist and man-pleasing era, when girls had to be simple, peppy, cheerful and modest.”
Paglia says twenty-two-year-old Taylor’s “golly, gee whiz” attitude, and Perry’s “wide-eyed teen-queen” image at the age of 28 are no better.
“Perry’s prolific hit songs, saturating mainstream radio, hammer and yammer mercilessly,” she writes.
“She’s like a manic cyborg cheerleader, obliviously whooping it up while her team gets pounded into the mud.”
Paglia goes on to call the pair “insipid”, with Taylor having little more to offer in her lyrics than complaints about boyfriends.
The singers have yet to respond to the article.
Paglia is the best-selling author of Sexual Personae and Break, Blow, Burn.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
3 1 1
the most important thing she can do and how she obtains her heart’s desire both = CA = 31 = Controversy. Starting s**t. Stirring things up. Provoking a reaction. Getting a rise out of people.
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