Friday, October 24, 2008

Vote Obama and Get Laid: Pussy Pimping The Vote

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This lovely updated Joan Baez poster was taken by Casey Brooks.   It's not even a new twist on an old theme; as Barack would say, it's more of the same.  The idea that women's bodies can and should be offered as a reward for good behaviour has been with us for centuries.  It's appearance as a campaign slogan only proves how far we need to progress as women.

Did anyone notice that even though women have the right to vote, that there was no reward offered us for an Obama vote? I suppose no reward is necessary because women are happiest when we are being good girls.  Our reward is just to make ourselves available for male use, and pretend that we enjoy being pimped for a cause.

I wonder why these women even bothered to close their legs when clearly the only way that they can "help" is by opening them.  Don't go our on the campaign trail, don't write letters to the editor, don't engage in political conversations, just remember to douche after every "Obama John". Are you feeling patriotic yet?

I find it interesting that when women assert a desire for sex we are slut shamed and yet when it serves  the purposes of patriarchy  women are encouraged to engage in sex freely.  Casey Brooks may have thought that this photo was transgressive when she first conceived of the idea, but the truth is so far removed from that.  She has instead acted as a colluding madame offering her sisters up to exploited for the cause. When women act in concert with patriarchy we are colluding with our secondary status. We must stand in opposition against such pussy pimping exploitation.  Sometimes we really are our own worst enemies.

H/T Salon


3 comments:

victoria said...

I just posted a comment at the BUST blog (where the new poster is getting positive comments), but I wanted to share my thoughts here as well.

In its original context, the original poster was edgy and effective. Not only was it a time of opposition to war, it was also a time of increasing awareness and acceptance of the sexual agency of women. The original poster pushed boundaries in that regard.

The current poster can be interpreted to say we've not really made much progress since that time. It's no longer cutting edge nor humorous for a few white hetero girls to attempt a political act by merely sitting and looking pretty for boys. Yeah, it's fun to do a retro photo shoot, but let's not forget that some things should stay in the past, like heterosexism and white privilege.

Hybrid Hopes said...

I found that link to Bust ... here. I thought there would be more comments on it.

napthia9 said...

Reminds me of a pro-choice campaign I saw at my school last year. We had buttons that said "I heart pro-choice boys/girls."

Compared to this, I guess it's nice that it wasn't just girls offering themselves for politics, but is it really a good idea to try and win the votes of people whose political ideology can be summed up as "whatever gets me laid?" Judging by the enthusiastic reactions of my friends (many of whom agreed with the critique, but then insisted that nobody on campus would misinterpret them), I suspect that these sorts of campaigns are aimed at pre-existing supporters. They seem to foster a feeling that one's side is "cooler" than the other, and reiterate stereotypes about "the other side" being unattractive, desperate losers. Which really takes the focus off the issue and the arguments being made- and thus convinces no one. Such a waste of time, space, energy, and money.