Remembering this for the next time someone tries to argue me the moral equivalence of racism against whites.
Dita Von Teese: The Queen Of Burlesque And Body Positivity
Dita Von Teese recently launched her affordable lingerie line, Von Follies, for Target in Australia, followed fairly quickly by a catwalk show exhibiting the line. Her line has received praises, but most importantly so has her model choices. She employed a wide range of models with both ethnic and body diversity, from dark to tan to light skinned ladies and from the standard tall and lithe, to thin and curvy, to larger and full figured. She instructed the models to strip, or not indulge in, their spray tans so that their natural skin color was on display. This was partly a stylistic choice, as Ms. Von Teese herself maintains her porcelain white skin as part of her pin up aesthetic, but also, as she said on her twitter “To set the record straight, my Von Follies lingerie show ‘no spray tan policy’ means NATURAL skin tones will be represented, pale & dark.”
Here is the thing, okay? Coming into a feminist conversation with, “Have you considered that sometimes women acquire free drinks at bars?” is like walking into graduate school during Philosophy finals and saying, “Have you considered that the color blue that I see may not be the color blue that you see?”
Imagine you are the guy who just walked into that Philosophy class and laid that shit down. Imagine the class full of students who have worked very hard and committed themselves and sacrificed to be here, students who have spent several years of their lives learning about this subject. Imagine now their feelings when you go to the head of the classroom with a smirk on your face and demand the professor give you an A for effort. Imagine now that they think you are a douchebag asshole, because they do, and because you are. You are a douchebag asshole because you are obviously so self-centered, arrogant, and completely ignorant of the world around you, that you thought you could walk into a high-level course with no background and no work and say something profoundly simplistic and totally unrelated and also everybody should congratulate you for having done this thing, so brave, so provocative.
You are not asking us a real question. You are simply illustrating, for all to see, your own ignorance. You are saying, “I have not considered the implications of the question I have just asked. I have not taken the time nor effort nor commitment to sit down and ask myself this question. Instead, I have come into your philosophy classroom/office/feminist blog and shat out my question with a smirk, because I believe that my two seconds of thought are worth more than your long-term analysis, because I believe I am worth more.”
- Mr. Darcy: hey, I just met you
- Mr. Darcy: and this this crazy
- Mr. Darcy: but I'm going to act coldly distant to you for a long time, , then awkwardly admit my undying love to you and save you from liking a horrible liar and gambler, then propose to you, telling you I love you not for your beauty but for your mind.
- Mr. Darcy: so call me maybe.