Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Goldie on men

Sky News has an interview with Goldie Hawn in which she relates this experience - 

Hollywood actress Goldie Hawn has said she felt "very objectified" during her early career working as a go-go dancer, but will always "love and adore men".

Speaking to Sky News' Kay Burley, the Private Benjamin star, 72, reflected on the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment in the entertainment business.

If we must use terms such as objectify or objectified then Goldie Hawn should know that men may objectify women but women also objectify themselves and always have. It is a chicken and egg dynamic where there is no point singling out men or women as the primary cause. From curls and a lace collar to high heels and skin-tight jeans, many young women objectify themselves. They know how and they know why.

It is a huge irony that the entertainment business frequently employs attractive young actresses because they are prepared to objectify themselves in pursuit of their chosen career. This is obvious to anyone who has ever watched Hollywood films. 

Who started it? Nobody started it - this is how things are. Who perpetuates it? Take a walk around the town centre on a Friday night.


Sam Vega said...

She felt "objectified" working as a go-go dancer? I can hardly believe it. Imagine taking most of your clothes off, and then dancing energetically and provocatively in bars where large groups of men gather to drink, and then some sleazy men look at you as if you were an object! Is there no way women can ever avoid this type of thing?

Scrobs. said...

She didn't mind being 'objectified' in Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in.

Always the dumb blonde, forgetting her words on purpose etc...

Actually, most people liked her then!

Demetrius said...

See "The Taming Of The Shrew" by William Shakepeare.

Demetrius said...

Shakespeare that is.

A K Haart said...

Sam - I find it difficult to believe too - so blatant.

Scrobs - I remember that too - as if being objectified was a canny career choice.

Demetrius - I suspect future generations won't understand it.

James Higham said...

Works as a go-go dancer and feels objectified - only a woman could say that.

A K Haart said...

James - I can't see a man saying it.