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Apparently, Aughts girlie Jessica Simpson is dating 90s Man Billy Corgan. (Thank you, Huffington Post, for reporting on this issue of importance to 90s Women.)
So, is this a tear in the space-time continuum, or kind of awesome? I just watched Say Anything with my teen stepson so I am of course seeing Diane Court (but dumb) and Lloyd Dobler (but smart). Okay, maybe the analogy doesn’t hold up so well… Honestly, I don’t know how to feel about this.
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90s bisexuality! I wrote my undergraduate Women’s Studies thesis on it. And I actually think that sexual fluidity is a not-unimportant thing to bring up in this conversation.
But first: I was thinking about how Gaga/Beyonce is a feminist statement for 2009 (more than 1999 or 1969–though that’s when these conversations started) in part because technology has changed. One way for women to deal with a world of internet porn, HDTV, and video phones is to decide that instead of bitching about the male gaze (and I love bitching about the male gaze–Kathleen’s answer to it is a good one!) is to strategically use it (which I am into, too).
However: I’m not sure it’s just an ever increasingly visual mainstream culture that has made pop feminism embrace phallic symbols and bikinis that work like Medusa. I think it could also have to do with the emphasis on the visual aspect of identity and desire within queer culture, including trans culture. Continue reading