Wednesday, April 12, 2006

The march toward fake bimbo sexdoll aesthetics

When it gets to the NY Times, you know it's a big trend:
"Many women in their 20's and 30's agree with her. To them, the Brazilian bikini wax - which reduces pubic hair to a tiny triangle or strip - seems old-fashioned. The need to accommodate ever-skimpier lingerie, bathing suits and low-rise pants may have helped put this extreme style in fashion, as did, perhaps, the popularity of Internet pornography. Courtesy of new high-powered lasers that target hair follicles to stunt hair growth, an increasing number of women are opting for full frontal bareness.

Laser hair removal in general is a growing trend. Last year about 1.4 million Americans had it done, a 53 percent increase over 2003"
- http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=FA0714FF3C550C728CDDA00894DD404482

More on bikini depilation
- http://www.azcentral.com/style/articles/0525waxing.html
- the opposition: www.hippiegoddess.com

Breast implants and buttock implants are now a fashionable trend:
"...top hairstylist designer haircuts, brand name hair extensions, bleached teeth, cosmetic injections and breast and buttock implants, are now considered merely a different kind of personal accessory"
- http://tinyurl.com/fj5e7

More on buttock implants:
Buttock implants: Last year 2,361 Americans had buttock augmentation surgery, almost four times as many as in 2002, the first year that the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery kept statistics on the procedure. The operation typically costs about $20,000.
- http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/02/fashion/02skin1.html?ex=1142917200&en=cbb384e9f272a7d7&ei=5070

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Ginger Lynn, Kristara Barrington and the Video Porn Revolution

Two points: first, porn trends have a strong influence on mainstream fashion and culture; second, Ginger Lynn and to a lesser extent Kristara Barrington can be credited with starting many of the trends that are all the rage today.

You see, there was a time when porn actresses were mostly unattractive and the pretty ones, like Annette Haven, didn't do the really nasty stuff that the skanks would do. The classy ones had too much class and the movies they did aspired to artistic quality.

Then Ginger Lynn came along. The thing about Ginger Lynn was that she was beautiful and -- AND -- had group anal sex in pointless, plotless movies. She set a new standard for porn. Ginger Lynn and Kristara Barrington, with their new style no holds barred porn full of blow jobs, facials and anal sex made open sexuality look modern and cool and neither earthy, nor political nor unattractive. They made the case that good girls do.

Today, twenty years later, blow jobs are not considered very risque and are bestowed with increasing casualness by younger and younger women (http://tinyurl.com/zugaz) and anal sex is gaining popularity fast (http://tinyurl.com/b6uh7). Now you know why.

The Road to Bimboism: The Mid-Point

The 80's were the mid-point -- dare we say the "tipping point"? -- on the road to bimboism in that this was the decade when the Sexual Revolution got rid of the whole "revolution" part at least in the sense of there being some sort of socially revolutionary aspect to the broader revolution of which the sexual revolution was a part. When a woman refused to wear a bra or shave her legs in the 70's, she was in a way particpating in the sexual revolution...all these revolutions were mixed up together. But once the social aspect faded away, all America was left with was the sex part.

In the 1980's, fashion abandoned the natural look with its earthy, Rousseauian undertones and embraced adopted the fashion of hyper-modern artificiality. Breast implants exploded on the scene. Big, poofed up hair and make up came back. The 70s wer eover and it was time for a new, more artificial and less socially conscious woman to emerge.

Milestones on the road to bimboism: The Beginning

Though there have been many periods of debauchery and louche behavior, I think it's hard to draw a direct line of causation between Ancient Rome or Weimar Germany or Pre-Hays Code Hollywood to '00's bimboism but...

When did bimboism start?

I believe it had its roots in the period from 1953-1966.

Hugh Hefner founded playboy in 1953 and published nude photos of star Marilyn Monroe who starred in the same year in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry A Millionaire, both huge hits. Being a nude model, while still risque, was no longer a barrier to success and prestige. Reinforcing that trend, Jayne Mansfield posed for Playboy in 1955 and several times thereafter and was named Golden Globes promising newcomer of 1957. So posing nude had lost some of its

A good summary by Jeff Little can be found at http://www.loti.com/hubba_hubba.htm:
"By the mid 1950's, stars like Mamie Van Doren (High School Confidential) and Jayne Mansfield (The Girl Can't Help It) had opted to ignore the current craze of 3-D movies in favor of double-D attractions. And while such homegrown starlets inflamed the hormones of American males, imports such as Brigitte Bardot (And God Created Woman) set men totally ablaze with even less inhibitions concerning the baring of flesh on screen."

In 1962, Marilyn Monroe sang Happy Birthday Mr. President to John F. Kennedy in an unforgettably sexy performance.

In 1966, Memoirs v. Massachussets liberalized laws on pornography, making it virtually impossible to prosecute obscenity and opening the door to the flood of porn that hit America's newstands shortly thereafter.

The stage was set.

Definition of Bimbo

Actually, wikipedia has a good definition of terms:

A bimbo isn't necessarily highly sexually attractive. Being a bimbo is a state of mind, and reflects a person who exaggerates the effort and value put into her physical attractiveness. She is often perceived as a shallowly focusing on her physical appearance and neglecting the development of other parts of her personality.

The word bimbo is sometimes interpreted as the backronym "Body Impressive, Brain Optional".

Good job anonymous wikipedia contributor!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bimbo

Pepper Dennis and the old undercover prostitute story

So tonight's episode of Pepper Dennis featured Rebecca Romjin going undercover in a bordello to expose wrongdoings... Is there a bigger cliche? Didn't Saundra Santiago do that in Miami Vice 200 times? Is it exasperating...or just normal?

Monday, April 03, 2006

Notes toward a definition of bimbo and bimboslut

Firstly, I think some definition is required of what a bimbo is. What's the difference between being sexy and being a bimbo? Or being dumb and being a bimbo? Is bimbo just an obnoxious term for an open, sexually liberated woman or for any woman with below average intelligence? What are we talking about here?

Bimbo implies a certain vapidity, a reliance on sexual attractiveness and the promise of easy affections to get attention. And more than that it requires someone who is trying hard. Fundamentally, there is the important concept of trading one's dignity for attention. There's something about fakeness -- having died hair or plastic surgery or high heels, collagen lips or a shaved pussy or all of the above --combined with being submissive, vapid and unintimidating that is a part of bimboism.

There are no powerful, intimidating, smart, formidable bimbos. A bimbo has cast aside aspects of herself that might intimidate men and comes to them having given in fully to their preferences and fetishes -- and more, wanting them to know that. When you meet a bimbo, you know she's not going to say anything about Ben Bernanke's monetary policy and the shape of the yield curve. She's got other curves she wants you to think about.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Bimboism...in the beginning

I don't quite know where this trend is heading, but it seems to me that someone somewhere should be keeping track of the increasingly popular bimboslut image that appears to be gaining popularity and acceptance. I will just point to and identify examples that occur in our culture. I will comment, perhaps others will comment as well, and we'll see where it goes.