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"The Hardline - Gina McCauley"
« on: February 19, 2008, 12:15:15 pm »
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The Hardline - Gina McCauley
 
izraelj
Gina McCauley, famously of whataboutourdaughters.com, was offended by "B-Girls", the page on BET.com where young ladies with slashed occupations ("model/actress") sent soft-core porn shots to be posted online. So she attacked the advertisers in a blog posting headlined "Why are McDonalds, Nissan, the Army, and the Navy Whoring Out Our Daughters?" Soon they got calls and then BET's phone started ringing. The B-Girls page got removed, and even though BET says they weren't bowing to protests, McCauley claims a victory. Good for her.
 
Some time ago, I interviewed McCauley, the small-target activist on a myopic crusade to change media images of black women. McCauley casts the "models" as victims and the rappers, media companies and sponsors as predators, and that's not entirely fair. To buy that, you must suspend disbelief and imagine a world where women are empty vessels devoid of free will and personal responsibility. For me, that dog don't hunt: women are smarter than men in every way.
 
Companies are not in business to be moralists: they are in business to make money. Men love to see near-naked women in seductive poses dance to music, and are willing to pay for it. If two parties agree on a mutually beneficial exchange, exploitation becomes capitalism, last I checked. Always missing from McCauley's argument is the call for accountability: why don't we call the women themselves on the carpet?
 
We live in a time when a sextape makes you a superstar. What happened to Mom as the central role model? Young ladies learn how to manage the power of their bodies by watching their mother's cues. Moms have to spend less time at Big Butt Friday's at the local nightclub and more time parenting their kids. That's what's up. If your daughter watches BET looking for affirmation, then you've failed. You've let Snoop Dog and Lil' Kim raise your kid, and you get what you deserve.
 
It's easy to get a webpage taken down. McCauley should take on the Karrine Steffans and Tiffany Pollards of the world who have turned low-level prostitution and anti-social behavior into a viable, laudable vocation. I can't do it: it's a woman-to-woman conversation. The way to stop 'stripper feminism' is to not coddle and apologize for the women, but get them off the poles, and impress upon our daughters that the world will still love them if they keep their clothes on.
 
It's hard but it's fair.
 
Jimi Izrael is a writer and commentator living in Tallahassee, Florida.