or: one of the many ways in which objectified women in media can have a negative impact on real women
(this is probably really rambling and I apologize for it)
“Greek Comedies end with a naked dancing girl,” my speech teacher told us while we were doing a short section from Lysistrata during my senior year of college, “to celebrate the resolution to all of their problems in a way befitting of a show filled with sex jokes.”
Since we were only working on chorus sections, I was technically safe from risk of being the famous naked dancing girl of Lysistrata. But due to the fact that I was leading the dancing in the revel section of The Bacchae—another piece that we were doing as a part of our exploration of comic and tragic choruses—some of my peers started endearingly referring to me as the naked dancing girl of our piece. I didn’t mind at the time. After all, I wasn’t actually doing it.
At least, until our full-scale production of The Thesmophoriazusae during spring quarter. When I got called back for the actress who would play three characters—amusingly, something of a twisted maid, mother, and crone triad—I was introduced to Thesmo’s own naked dancing girl: Fawn. She was described as just “a dancing girl,” and I believe it might have also said that she was a silent role. Still, I can’t remember if I put two and two together and thought: “Hey, this must be Thesmo’s naked dancing girl,” or if I didn’t think it was going to be hard for me.
I didn’t know how difficult it would be until Grayson e-mailed me about costume comfort. “How much clothing would you be willing to remove? Would you feel okay in a bra and underwear on stage?”
Later, I got the script. Stage directions like “he fondles her” and lines like: “Oh, look at that ass!” were warning lights, bells and whistles, a terrible omen for times to come. “Danger,” a voice told me. “You are in over your motherfucking head. This is going to be incredibly difficult material. Danger. Danger.”
I was originally going to go in a completely different direction with the Station/Lt. Potter conflict. My first idea was that she’d take the shares, cash them out, be ecstatic about her sudden wealth, and get drunk as hell, which would no doubt lead to hijinks of some kind at the party.
Well put, I think the way it has worked out with her taking time to return the money is a more human response than her outright refusing the money.
Personally I wasn’t offended by the arc, but I am not everyone and it is only better for the character.
Last night I was emailed some porn that someone drew of me because I said a thing on the internet that they disagreed with. Because, there you go, ‘justice.’ When stuff like that comes your way you don’t usually say anything because who gives a fuck, but oh well, let’s do it anyway. So, I’ve seen that shit before because I’ve been on the internet for 100 years, but it always looks like this:
Give me a break! It should look like this
If they plan on insulting you with ‘pornifications’ they could at least go all the way with that concept, I mean they don’t have dignity or respect so..what’s holding them back? References of nude women? Imagination?