Yeah I should have used a photo of girl who was more in profile (or just drawn it, but it would have been difficult to communicate “beauty” through my wonky tablet-drawings.), as the two are supposed to be yelling at each other, each for his or her (perceived?) injustice.
At this angle it seems almost as if the two models are berating the reader (which is of course false! models love to be objectified.) when the real message of the comic is meant to be a (heretofore unresolved) meditation on modern sexuality: Women have culturally and historically been made to act as objects or property of men, rather than as individuals. Yet even today, when their equality value as human beings is almost universally acknowledged, they (we) are still subject to sexual objectification, an injustice often as subtle as it is difficult to fight.
HOWEVER, men, too (especially, I feel, in modern society, although I’m not entirely sure upon what I base that…) are objectified, by women (and—perhaps more so—by men, but for now I am focusing on the gender inequality aspect). Is this wrong? Or, after so many generations of women being put through the same thing, is this “justice”? Does this mean that women are acting in more “masculine” roles? Is this natural? Could we really ever cease to objectify beautiful people? Are rights being violated when the “object” enjoys the attention? And this enjoyment, is it “true” pleasure, or the societally conditioned response of someone who has been taught (directly or not) to “know her place”—and be happy there?
Furthermore, does “sexual freedom” for a woman have to mean simply playing the traditional “man’s role” in relationships and sexual encounters? Is “power” synonymous with “patriarchy”? Is there a way to separate biological imperatives from societal constructs? And where do emotions come in? (I think there was a Sex in the City episode about this.)
originally posted January 17, 2009
Note: After taking a lot more (/any) women’s studies classes, the whole above discussion seems “pretty rudimentary”! No offense, freshman self. Everyone starts somewhere.