There has been a trend in the past few decades…or, you know, forever, to see women as nothing more than sexual objects. It does not matter who the woman is, how smart she is, where she came from, what she does, if she is married, has children, is Jewish, is Catholic, worships the devil, those things do not matter if she is “sexy”. Emily Heist Moss wrote A Letter To The Guy Who Harassed Me Outside the Bar as a way of describing how many women feel on a daily basis. Is it fair that women are talked to, looked at, and described in this way?
In the 21st century, your life is under a microscope. Your deepest thoughts are posted on Twitter. An iPhone can pin point your direct location. Your face is splashed on the largest social network, Facebook, for the world to see. So I was not surprised that a political figure’s scandal was exposed this weekend.
David H. Petraeus is a well-respected military figure and never fell short when it came to his job, yet his marriage was another story. Petraeus was a four-star general and a heavily involved leader in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was also appointed by President Obama to be the director of Central Intelligence Agency. Regardless of his career once his affair was revealed he resigned.
There has been a stir of conversation to whether a public figure’s personal life should affect their job. Personally, if you become a public figure whether you are a general or a talk show host, you are a role model. Your actions regardless if they are in front of a camera or in a closed off room should be ethical. I think resigning was the best action because your character should be reflected in both your public and personal life.
Okay, so our society tolerates the skinny/size zero models that walk the catwalk to show off designer clothes. However I don’t understand how a high end fashion store, Barney’s, is allowed to take a children’s role model/cartoon and distort it into a version of an anorexic model.
The cartoon Minnie Mouse is definitely as Minnie as can be. The Disney character is used in the “Electric Holiday” advertisement to represent what she would look like as a supermodel and the image is disturbing. If we thought the dimensions of the Barbie doll were out of proportion; Minnie Mouse’s arms, legs and even neck are extended in length and as tiny as a penciled line.
The decision was intentional and approved my Barney Executives. The Creative Director of Electric Holiday said, “…The standard Minnie Mouse will not look so good in a Lanvin dress.”Over 125,000 people have signed a petition at Change.org to protest against the altering of a Disney figure. Shockingly, even the spokesman of Disney, Nidia Tatalovich, is backing the department store in their decision to turn the innocent children’s character into a thin model.