Monday, June 13, 2011

Don't call me baby

everyone wants to feel like they choose their own choices. In this case, that means that some women want to believe that their predilection for rompers and kittens and baby voices reflects their individual personalities and not some trend toward retro, non-threatening femaleness. But no one chooses their choices in a vacuum and certainly it means something that so many women seem to be finding this super-girlish, childish part of their personalities at the same time, while Katy Perry's sex and candy persona is tearing up the charts and actual little girls are being bombarded with pink, purple, princesses, tulle and sparkles. (emphasis mine).
 This article is awesome in itself - commentary on infantilization of adult women (and conversely the sexualization of girls...also the implicit racism) - but I also think this quote perfectly captured what bugs me about "I choose my choice" (non)feminism. The context doesn't disappear just because you don't want to analyze your pigtails.

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