Monday, June 04, 2007

Never Trust A Dollar Store Umbrella

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Making my way through pouring downtown Albany rain from a press conference I suddenly realized it was raining INside my umbrella! Talk about day of the drowned rat!

I came across an incredible post by Dallas Penn. This is what I like: an article SO GOOD you just can't snip an excerpt: you gotta GO THERE. Don't forget to come on back when you're done...

Was that a trip or what? I must apologize on blogger's behalf: let me know if you find any more links that take you 404: Blogger is packing "" in the HTML code preceding URLS in certain posts. (Scratches Head).

In April, more than a third of the U.S. Internet audience visited sites that fit into the online "adult" category, according to comScore Media Metrix.

So the message is clear: In today's world, sex doesn't just sell. The pervasiveness of porn has made sexiness — from subtle to raunchy — a much-sought-after attribute online, at school and even at work. Shame on YOU!

Totally Wired:
the connection between rock, rap and porn more than a few years ago -- the program showed how porn stars were beginning to appear in mainstream music videos. This trend has been continuing for the past several years and has been well documented in books like Pornified and Female Chauvinist Pigs. It's basically "girl power gone wild" -- that by "reclaiming" (or just copying) the porn-like poses and sexy dress that men find so attractive, you gain a feeling of being powerful...and may even find success as a Pussycat Doll.

The Associated Press published an article on the topic over the weekend that expands this trend to the creep of internet porn into mainstream sites like MySpace. The writer interviews a therapist who says that high school girls are telling him they have performed sexual acts in front of a webcam for men they are meeting online. Given the hysteria the media has whipped up over what's happening with teens online, I feel like I need to say that while this may be happening, it is not the norm -- the majority of teen girls are not performing sexual acts in front of webcams for men they meet online.

What may be more common are the provocative photos girls put on their MySpace profiles. It's a combination of what Liz Perle, the editor in chief of Common Sense Media describes in Totally Wired as the "Monkey See, Monkey Do" behavior of girls copying their celebutante heroes like Paris Hilton, and, in the webcam case, I would argue, a sign of trouble at home or past victimization -- it's risky behavior.

The increased sexualization of girls and women in our culture is troubling as is the blurring between pornography and mainstream entertainment. What's sad is the underlying message girls are getting and believing, in part because it's true -- it's a way they can feel powerful instantly and it can lead to a certain kind of fame and celebrity. And for girls whose parents never talk to them about embracing their sexuality and feeling comfortable in their own skin (vs. just preaching abstinence), the allure of being sexy in this way can be very compelling. [The 'Porn Effect' Online]
I'm sending you back to Dallas Penn for Pop Music Singers Are Putting Ho’s Out Of Business (ReMix)

Even XIAXUE is ho-blogging!

Rappers and their ilk might want to take a lesson from a railway company in East Asia, which has some new regulations, such as speaking four letter word in the carte may land you 6 months behind bars. As the definition would include a single word f–k in expression, Kursk points out that such law would be a criminal law that affects the largest number of population (zh).

Damn sex deamons!

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