Sunday, August 20, 2006

A little late, but I've done it!

Katie tagged me with this meme, so I'm FINALLY doing it:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Don'’t you dare dig for that "“cool"” or "“intellectual"” book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.
6. Tag three people.

She's peculiarly oblivious to the fact that Cary Grant movies and Jane Austin novels do not represent anybody's reality, and -- like Fox-Genovese -- she appears to think that Cosmo is a realistic barometer of American women's thoughts and opinions. She blows right past the fact that throughout the history of Western civilization, chivalrous courtship rules have only applied to the wealthy (and usually white) women, since the sequestering of affluent females was facilitated by the economic contributions of slaves and working class-women. Shalit's version of modesty is available only to the minority upper crust -- not coincidentally, the same class that she brags about belonging to.

But Shalit's most egregious move is to set up a startling new blame-the-victim paradigm: Not only does a woman deserve individual blame if she's attacked, but, by extension, all women are to blame due to a general lack of modesty that leads to wanton male behavior.

From BITCHfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the pages of Bitch Magazine.

OK. I'm tagging: Keidra, Michelle, and Sid.

And despite what ya'll think: This was the closest book to me right now. It's on the couch next to me as I pound away on the laptop. I'm not just pimping the book!

1 comment:

QuietlyGoingMad said...

Viv--you and I picked up the same book...though I think I may have counted my sentences incorrectly!