Do Women Hate Themselves?

A while back, I wrote on the subject “Why Men Hate Women,” and I still get comments from angry men. (If you enjoy angry men, go and look!)

Today, after reading some of my email, I’m wondering if women are starting to hate themselves, too. Why else would anyone listen to Suzanne Somers, who went on Oprah to discuss her beauty regimen: 60 pills a day and injections in her Female Area!

Why else would anyone want to wax her Female Area, spray it with “24K gold” and have Swarovski crystals glued to it? You must really have to hate the sight of your crotch to mess with it like that.   Ladies, or gay men, do you want to see your man’s Johnson sprayed gold and glued with rhinestones?

God, it’s depressing. We haven’t come very far if this is our lot in life. If the best we can hope for is to pump our faces full of Botox and work out 3 hours a day to look like Madonna at fifty, it would be better to go back to the good old days when pubic hair was actually sexy and you didn’t have to look young forever. You could just wear a girdle if you got fat, and you could stay home and play bridge instead of touring the world in a leotard and top hat.

Are there any decent role models out there besides Patti Smith and Naomi Klein? Maybe we need to cultivate other qualities besides youthfulness and hairlessness. This might be a good subject for our pajama party.

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21 Responses to “Do Women Hate Themselves?”

  1. hammie Says:

    I say bring back Bush; not the total weiner who just left office but the other one.
    I am going on record to say I follow the sicillian model where a lady can wear a swimming costume without her pants beard showing, but still has enough to keep warm (and look like a WOMAN NOT CHILD) , neat and trim in other words and not a crystal in sight.

    Sis< I nearly fell out of my seat laughing when I watched “The Women” on the plane back from Aus’. To hear that opening line from Annette Benning “this is my face -DEAL with it” and then see Meg Ryan’s in the next scene ahhh hah ah ahhha ha aha! (the oxygen mask came down I was laughing so much) then at the end when Candice Bergen is all bandaged up after a lift and Meg is saying “she might do the same”
    I was going to type “How did she keep a straight face?” But OF COURSE – she cannot make any other face. Ha ha ha ha haaaaahhha ha!

    xx

  2. Nephew Wolf Says:

    Bleah, you actually believe that hate-mommy shit? Talk about some vulgar Freudian pop-psych horsepuckey. I’m disappointed. And ANGRY!!! SO ANGRY!!! STOP TELLING ME WHAT TO DO!!!

  3. ash Says:

    Amanda Palmer is a decent role model.

    And that Sarah Palin, doesn’t she look completely awful now, without her thousand dollar an hour make-up artist that the RNC paid for? Idiots!

  4. Sal Says:

    “Maybe we need to cultivate other qualities besides youthfulness and hairlessness,” is the wisest, saddest thing I’ve read all week. Seriously, how unnatural do we have to look before we feel good about ourselves?

  5. WendyB Says:

    Judging from what I’ve seen in gym locker rooms, a lot more people talked about getting their nether parts waxed than actually did it.

  6. fashion herald Says:

    I’m damn lucky, as I’ve got five older sisters who are pretty great role models and a mom who never fails to amaze me. oh, the stupid things they managed to help me not do.

  7. Suebob Says:

    I was thinking the same thing this morning, but in the context of emotional hatred instead of physical. I briefly glanced at a news story – couldn’t stomach the whole thing – about a woman who had strangled and drowned (I think) her daughter because “her boyfriend told her to.”

    What kind of world is it where a woman has such a weak self image – in the year 2000-something! – that she lets her BF tell her to kill her kid, and she does it? We still spend far too much time defining ourselves by our relationships instead of as independent people. God knows I did it for most of my life.

  8. killerbee Says:

    I think you have it wrong. Waxing is not to look young, it’s for oral sex. Nothing worse than getting pubic hair stuck between your teeth.

  9. Sister Wolf Says:

    killerbee – Man up, for godsake. Plenty of things are worse.

  10. Juri Says:

    Free dental floss is never a bad thing!

    But I know, now, I should have said NO to my ball waxing salon when they manipulated me into attaching these itchy rhinestones to my balls. “Biggest thing since Saturday Night Fever and the disco ball”, my ass. I need a fucking flashlight to make them shine in the dark anyway.

    And I’m not too happy about the gold paint on my Lyndon B. either, but I think they were right in that the Stevie Wonder braides I let them weave on my pubes will be the next big thing.

  11. malpas Says:

    It is called decadence.
    you know – part of ‘decline and fall’

  12. Juri Says:

    And someone should tell that woman in the pic that bying that Ed Hardy tattoo robe was a bad idea.

  13. arline Says:

    Suzanne Somers is truly frightening.

    Anyway, I know a woman who looks like barbie, I mean really. You can’t help but stare. Her life consists of maintaining this image, which is beyond real (or beautiful)

    I did a post on “beauty” a couple of years ago, that would indicate that there is woman hate flying around. http://arlinejernigan.com/category/beauty/

    I had not herd of crystals on the nethers before, DAMN!

  14. Bex Says:

    Ew I’d hate to be on the receiving end of a rhinestone-studded penis.

  15. HelOnWheels Says:

    Yep, we’re all going the way of the Roman Empire. Let’s fight the decline and eschew those things that turn us in to Barbies and bimbos and objects. More bush! Wax is for candle making not your “female area”.

  16. Kelly Says:

    Without reading the post I’m answering yes.

    Now, I’ll read the post.

  17. Kelly Says:

    This blog really IS a timesaver for me.

  18. Kelly Says:

    Bill Maher said on one of his shows (paraphrased): ‘So could you bitches just leave a little hair down there so I don’t have to worry about being arrested?”

    I thought the 80′s (Reagan) was bad. Oprah is a Whole New World of emotional deviance: She’s not like other women (because she’s so wealthy) but the facade of her show is that she’s ‘just like us.’ She is and she isn’t.

    The thing I know for sure is that she is not like me.

  19. Kelly Says:

    If you note the number of minutes between my post 2 and 3, it’s only because I Googled Mise-en-scène, trying to apply it to Oprah.

  20. Stella Mayfair Says:

    Mwaaah! Juri all done up and travolting! :-)

  21. Make Do Style Says:

    You are so right! Actually the only photo I really like at the Annie Liebovitz exhibition apart from her R2 D2 one was Patti Smith and her sons – so fab!

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