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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Naked Women Don't Help

In the infancy of this blog, I wrote a post about the problem women pose to politics. Re-reading it now, I'm not sure I was very clear. But the thesis is still true. And these women know it.

They represent members of the new Polish "Women's Party" whose objectives, among others, include a demand for more OBGYNs, free contraception and the "right to pain-free birth." (How the government can provide these things or why they are its responsbility is a puzzle.)

Read the article. If their tactics are unorthodox, there's nothing original about what they're proposing. They feel underrepresented, express a lack of confidence in the men in power and want to escape the "concrete details that trap the suburban housewife, the continual demands on her time."

“The poster is intended to shatter stereotypes in the anachronistic world of politics,” said Ms Gretkowska. “We are beautiful, nude and proud.”

What I fail to understand is how posing nude is going to advance their cause. What stereotypes are they shattering? That women don't have to be naked to get men's attention? Oh, wait.

Is this funny or sad or what?

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Blogger Girl_Friday said...

"How the government can provide these things or why they are its responsbility is a puzzle." My sentiments exactly, so i will spare you a tirade about how it's not the government's job to save us all.
Thanks for the comment. i felt important that you noticed me, because i'd like to someday be doing what you are. Heck, i'd like to be doing it now.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Blogger elphaba said...

I am not a political strategist by any stretch, so what I am about to say is only my (insert word that means the opposite of political strategist b/c I'm having a brain cloud moment) opinion.
Maybe not the best ad campaign, but it is more attention grabbing than sexually provocative. If women's rights are as stunted as it sounds in Poland, then "you go, girls." I wouldn't go so far as to say "whatever it takes," but at the very least I would applaud them for trying to improve the quality of life for Polish women.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Blogger girlfriday said...

I know what you mean elphaba. I don't think it's sexually provocative either, actually. Still. Why? And what message is it sending young Polish girls? I don't know the answer, but I don't think it's good. Do you?

And I would be more supportive if their political platform didn't look and feel like run-of-the-mill feminism: Women are oppressed and the solution to that oppression is more access to abortions, free contraception, etc.

"Ms. Gretowska was prompted to start the party when she read of the case of a Gdansk schoolgirl who had been abused by boys in the class-room. The girl committed suicide. “I saw a connection between the passivity of the other girls in the classroom — they just watched it happen — and the way that women did nothing when politicians proposed to tighten the abortion laws,” she said."

Really? This is the best comparison you can draw? Poland tightens abortion laws and you compare it to a bunch of school girls watching their classmate suffer abuse at the hands of a peer?

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no problem whatever with "beautiful," with "nude" or with "proud," but none of them makes much of a selling point for public policy.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Blogger elphaba said...

"Ms. Kratowska does not want to make the abortion issue the central tenant of the party."

"It wants free contraception, an increase in the number of gynacologists, a right to pain-free birth, expanded child care, equal pay and pension rights."

I probably wouldn't choose a nude political add campaign, but I think, sans their support of abortion, the other ideas will help women in Poland not hurt them.
There is definitely a strain of feminism that hurts women more than it helps them, (ie: placing a lower status on women who choose to stay home with their children)e but I am grateful for the feminst ideals that have made positive strides for women.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Blogger girlfriday said...

el: what happened to your post about the flight attendant?

Saturday, October 13, 2007


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