Monday, November 9, 2009

Once Again Carrie Prejean is Slut Shamed

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After answering a question regarding same sex marriage posed  by  Perez Hilton, in a manner that clearly reflected her homophobia, Prejean quickly became a highly recognizable name.  Hilton did so many tantrums (note: refers to language used and not the reason for his anger) in the mainstream media and his blog, he insured that more people knew the name Carrie Prejean, than knew the name of the actual winner of the pageant. 

Of course, Prejean claimed that it was her Christian values that caused her to possess such clearly homophobic beliefs.  The fundamentalists quickly embraced her.  In the beginning she looked very appealing.  Here you have a young woman that is a beauty queen professing conservative values, what’s not too love.  Conservatism has had an image problem for quite sometime now. 

It was then released that she has posed for some racy pictures as a way to progress her modelling career.  Immediately, the left shot back with hypocrite. With each new revelation it became possible to cast Prejean as the antithesis of her stated beliefs.  The heaviest hammer had yet to drop but with the announcement of the breast augmentation combined with the racy photographs Prejean was already considered damaged goods.

During negotiations with the Miss California USA pageant the skeletons would finally come tumbling out of Prejeans closet. 

The video the lawyer showed Carrie is extremely graphic and has never been released publicly. We know that, because TMZ obtained the video months ago but decided not to post it because it was so racy. Let's just say, Carrie has a promising solo career.
We're told it took about 15 seconds for Carrie to jettison her demand and essentially walk away with nothing. As we first reported, the Pageant is paying around $100,000 to her lawyers and publicist -- a fraction of her bills. She pockets nothing in the settlement.

Pam of Pam’s House Blend referred to her “as a living breathing hypocritical cliché”  and Joe Jervis of Joe my God wrote:

Hey Maggie Gallagher! Did I just hear your tires squealing? Since, as you say, God was speaking directly to Carrie during her anti-gay pageant answer, what was he saying during her double-penetration scene? I kid, I kid. I only HOPE there's a double-penetration scene!

What is this but slut shaming of Prejean for performing in a sex video?  It is completely understandable to enjoy seeing someone's fall from grace but considering the sexist society in which we live the reason for this fall is extremely problematic.

Prejean is being shamed for being a sexual being in a world in which chastity in women is highly prized.  We may claim to be a sexually liberated but the disciplining and slut shaming of women’s bodies proves quite the opposite.  Those that are gloating about her downfall, do not realize that they are supporting an ism that enables homophobia.  All isms are interconnected and therefore if we celebrate sexism we are promoting the idea that it is acceptable to marginalize or demean someone based a lack of conformity to hegemonic standards.  Is it really a good idea for the GLBT community to chastise someone’s sexual behaviour when that is exactly what heterosexism does to create homosexuality as “other”?