Tuesday, March 5, 2013

This Week In Slut-Shaming

Apparently, Kentucky Republicans are pretty scared of Ashley Judd, because even thought she hasn't even declared for the Senate race against Mitch McConnell, they're already pulling out shit like this:
(via the World's Most Pathetic Vanity Project)

Ashley Judd, potential U.S. Senate candidate, sure has done a lot of on-screen nudity

  We are used to knowing just about everything there is to know about serious political candidates. But will Judd be the first potential senator who has — literally — nothing left to show us?

 If only!

The actress has bared her breasts in several films and has had some raunchy sex scenes in others.

According to MrSkin.com, which bills itself as “the largest free nude celebrity movie archive,” Judd has flashed just about everything on-screen.

It seems like she was particularly liberal with nudity early on in her career.
In both 1996′s “Norma Jean and Marilyn” and 1999′s “Eye of the Beholder,” Judd went full frontal and bared her behind.

She went topless for 1996′s “Normal Life” and went topless and bottomless in 1999′s “Double Jeopardy.”

God, that's an awful lot of detail. Why can't you just say "she's done some nudity," or I don't know, nothing?

Now you might think that there was going to be some sort of point to this, some reason why Ms. Judd's nudity was relevant to her potential candidacy, or something, but no, this is the Daily Caller. The article just ends like this:

Judd did a lesbian sex scene in 2002′s Oscar-nominated “Frida” and has nine other films categorized as “sexy” by Mr. Skin, meaning that there is at least one racy scene in those films.

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That's it. Just wanted to make sure everyone knows about Ashley Judd being naked! Not saying that's a bad thing, just sayin'!
Hey, if I looked like that, I wouldn't own any clothes!
(Is that weird? 'Cuz I'm a guy?)

In other slut-shaming news, Iowa Republican Tedd Gassman pulled off the seemingly impossible, slut-shaming a virgin! As part of his presentation on why divorce should be made harder, Grassman brought up his 16-year-old granddaughter.

Representative Gassman said the issue is “near and dear” to his heart because his daughter and son-in-law recently divorced, putting his granddaughter at risk.

“There’s a 16-year-old girl in this whole mix now. Guess what? What are the possibilities of her being more promiscuous?” Gassman said. “What are the possibilities of all these other things surrounding her life that a 16-year-old girl, with hormones raging, can get herself into?”

Seriously? You can't just say "I'm concerned about the psychological effects the divorce might have on my granddaughter" or " I'm worried about possible effects on her self-image" or something?
You have to come up with " by this time next year, she'll be bangin' the football team. Line up, boys!"

So why is slut-shaming even a thing? Let me go ahead and be the first to admit it: Yes, women we men are afraid of you. Not in general, not in the way we're afraid of lions or tigers or clowns. But we are absolutely intimidated by your sexuality. Now most of us are able to get past that fear and have healthy relationships with women, but I'm a big enough man to admit that female sexuality can be scary. That's why we prefer to think of sex as something that women do for us out of the kindness of their hearts, or as a reward for good behavior. Because the thought of women who have sex because they want to, because they enjoy it. . . that's a woman who might make sexual demands that we might not be able to fulfill.

Our fondest dream and our worst nightmare

We're terrified that a woman might demand sex at a time when we're not able to, um, rise to the occasion. Or that she might, after we're exhausted say "Oh, I'm sorry, did you think you were done? Oh, no. You have miles to go before you sleep, my friend!" Or that upon seeing us undressed might launch into a chorus of "Is That All There Is?"

So I think that fear is what's behind all the attempts to shame sexually active women, to try to prevent them from getting birth control, to deny them reproductive choice, etc. etc. etc.

Also the motivation behind this despicable trend.

Of course, that still doesn't explain Phyllis Schlafly.

And yes, I know that Lavay Smith's version is not the original. I believe this is: