Well, I'll go to the foot of my stairs...

Often startled, frequently amused, sometimes scared; rarely speechless. Can be found at witchywoo22@yahoo.co.uk

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Random observations during half an hour...

...in a shopping mall on a Sunday afternoon.

Small girl - six, maybe seven years old - wearing white, strappy sandals with thin high heels. Not quite stiletto's, but almost. I don't understand why shoes like that are even made for children...

Big bloke walking about wearing a t-shirt that said YOUTRYTOREADTHISWHILEICHECKOUTYOURTITS. Very funny. Ha ha. I'd have poked his bloody eyes out if my companion hadn't noticed my fury and hurried me along. That'd teach him.

Trendy sports shop selling clothes and basic equipment. Lots of sporty type pictures and posters all over the place - pictures of men swinging golf clubs, pictures of men looking strong and in control in their trendy sports vests looking directly at the camera, pictures of men in action - kicking balls, running about - you know the kind of thing. One picture of a woman. A tennis player facing away. Long plait down her back, racquet in one hand and with the other she's lifting the skirt of her tennis dress to show us all her teeny tiny underwear barely covering her bottom.

Half an hour...


  • At 4:45 AM, Blogger mistermorgan said…

    Oh, but you've hit on the most pressing debate of the modern age: given it's completely acceptable to forcibly sexualise women, and given also that it's disgusting and utterly beyond the pale to sexualise children... where does this leave female children? At what age does it become okay to dress them to suit patriarchal conceptions of what men want?

    I think the only way to solve this debate is to assume that all women are fully emancipated free agents, but that no child can possibly think for herself. This frees us to both comprehensively defend all libfem complicity in oppression, but also to dress children however the fuck we want and hope against hope that when those girls turn 14 they'll just keep on dressing the way men have always told them to dress. (I'm this satirically angry because the 'debate' on how children may be dressed continually pops up on TV in Australia and never gets beyond 'don't you care call me a paedophile').

    I've seen sports ads in action too. 'Men do it for real, women are just palatably feminised children having a go so the lads can check them out'.


  • At 6:07 AM, Blogger manxome said…

    The only proper response I can think of for that t-shirt is:

    Y O U T R Y T O
    I Kick You In
    the balls

  • At 12:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Just 30 mins of people-watching and you can suss out society and the sad nature of it. There is some un-written law in this country where the pigs that rule the world say, 'Sure, you women can be athletes but only under the condition that we can cram your fit bodies into the tightest attire possible and leer over you at the same time'. It is pathetic.

    In a sports shop I worked in once there was a still-shot on a poster of Tiger Woods taking a game-winning, astonishing swing... whereas Anna Kournikova's shot was an upward tilt angle of her sweaty, semi-exposed behind during a game with an Adidas logo at the side.

  • At 4:12 AM, Blogger TNTrash said…

    Ya know. Wal Mart sells shoes like that for little girls.

    I dunno about the other discount department stores. I know that little girls' clothing is atrocious; my niece who just started high school digs through the girls' bin cause she thinks the clothes are better.

    *vomits onto desk*

  • At 10:40 AM, Anonymous Luke said…

    God, I hate t-shirts like that. I've tried writing a few times about online companies especially that make money off of really offensive (read: racist and sexist material) t-shirt garbage...but it all just fuels their agenda to be "un-PC." I mean, it's one thing to wear that lame bunny logo which, if people know what it is is offensive enough....but just really crude and sexually aggressive things like that. i swear, it's like these guys who wear those types of shirts have this real passive-aggression when it comes to women...grrr.

  • At 11:19 AM, Blogger simply wondered said…

    perhaps we need t shirts that read:
    Themoreshiteyouputonyourtshirtthestupideryoulook fuckhead

    my son's favourite getup is a pink tutu - combined with dog furry ears and paws....??? where did he get that idea and does he realise he looks like a weird scientific experiment? think I'll leave him to work it out himself - or not.

    Good article called 'what's sex got to do with it?' in observer 3 Sept. It includes quotes from Gail Emms (badminton gold medallist) 'they are always trying to get me into something I couldn't get one boob in, let alone my arse' and heptathlete Kelly Sotherton: 'It's no good wearing running knickers - they are straight up your arse'. Is it my imagination or have sports commentators finally stopped referring to 'men' and 'girls'. Obviously not saying the battle is won (ha ha ha) but one tiny step in a non-backwards direction. Not good enough, though.

  • At 11:53 PM, Blogger witchy-woo said…

    Good article SW - thanks.

    As far as commentators referring to 'men' and 'girls' - I still hear them calling women 'girls' almost as much as before but, increasingly now, I hear them referring to men as 'boys'. grrrrrrrr.

  • At 9:52 PM, Blogger simply wondered said…

    forgive my being dim (as usual) but is that because that's your job...?
    sticks out chin and awaits suitably barbed response
    ... pregnant pause...

  • At 3:16 PM, Blogger manxome said…

    This is just an impression, but not only is there that calling women 'girls' thing, but when it comes to sexaul assault, calling girls 'women' and men 'boys'. You know, because that way she sounds more complicit and he sounds more innocent.


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