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August 22, 2008

Beware the ’Bunny’

Cinefaris We've sunk to a new low when a review of the latest PG-13-rated comedy -- marketed aggressively to teenage girls -- kicks off with "To Shelley Darlingson . . . living in the Playboy Mansion is a fairytale come true."

(Image © Sony Pictures)

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becky

Disturbing! I continue to be concerned about the image our culture is putting before little girls, whether they are 5 years old or 20 years old.Everywhere I go I see girls in pretty scimpy clothing and wonder what their parents are thinking. And when I say everywhere I, sadly, must include church. I keep waithing for the "pendulum to swing back" to a more modest image but I'm starting to lose patience!

FriarThom

Try Egypt. Unfortunately, "covering up" doesn't really solve the problem.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/16/AR2008081602063.html

Steve (SBK)

Of course, modesty and decency aren't the sole responsibility of the female sex.

This doesn't mean we can't work towards a return to modesty and class for both sexes, nor does it mean certain movies geared to teenage girls are acceptable (just because harassment happens to modest women).

FriarThom

Steve,

Jesus fought against the idea that women are to be owned by men, that they are subservient to men and that they are to accept and obey male authority. As long as that un-Christian idea holds sway, this problem will persist.

Objectification be it by the veil or by skin (for the purpose of being titillating to men) is objectification plain and simple. Veil and skin, are both titillating. They represent two sides of the same coin.

Gina Dalfonzo

But no one here is arguing that women should be veiled. Of course, objectification is a problem. That's exactly what we're concerned about. But the fact that veiled women still suffer from objectification doesn't make it right to show the Playboy lifestyle as a fun and glamorous one in a movie for young girls.

Steve (SBK)

FriarThom,
"Jesus fought against the idea that women are to be owned by men"
Of course. This is what I meant by "modesty and decency aren't the sole responsibility of the female sex."

Women aren't the only ones addressed here:
"1Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

5Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry." (Colossians 3)

This is all obviously directed to all Christians. And as Gina said, objectification is the problem. The concern is that young ladies are being taught to objectify their bodies.

(We're talking about the ideal of getting women to see themselves as God sees them, not how (some) men see them. Peter talking to wives, can we assume this applies to all women?):
"3Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 4Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight." (1 Peter 3)

And of course, many men don't even need women around to objectify them. This is another huge discussion. But the theme of the post is something like "How to teach young women to not value themselves and fall prey to the lie that beauty and worth are based on your body and revealing it to men." Correct me if I'm wrong Gina.

The answer to seeing a problem that is getting extreme is not to go to the opposite extreme. It's also not doing nothing.

LeeQuod

Gina wrote: "to show the Playboy lifestyle as a fun and glamorous one".

My blushes, Watson; the review states that the main character was kicked out of the Playboy Mansion merely for being too old - at 27. (By Hef, who's how old now?)

Shades of past Chinese Olympic gold medal winners, now unsupported by their government, who *also* have no marketable skills once they're kicked to the curb. In a socially Darwinist culture, it's only beneficial to be exceptional if you can maintain that distinction throughout your lifetime.

But you are probably right anyway, Gina, since such distinctions are likely too fine for the target audience to perceive.

Gina Dalfonzo

You're right about her being kicked out, LeeQuod. But it's my impression that despite that, the lifestyle is made to look appealing in some ways. From Dana Stevens in "Slate": "The House Bunny can go only so far in satirizing the Playboy empire though, since it's clearly been approved by Hefner (who plays himself in scenes that take place inside the real mansion)."

Still, that's an apt and instructive comparison with the Chinese athletes.

becky

Still, isn't it strange that we live in a time when there are more young women going to medical school (and maybe law school) then men. We have all of these programs to show girls that they can do math and science or any other intellectual pursuit, then they go to the movies or even just to the mall and what are they being taught?!

FriarThom

Becky,

I've read a couple of reviews of this movie and your point is spot on. The objection to this movie should be the message it sends to unpopular girls; that they can tease their hair and show off their cleavage and become popular. That's a terrible message. Thankfully, girls aren't buying it.

Becky Reynolds

FriarThom,
I agree about the message being inappropriate but disagree with your conclusion. Many girls (and women) do seem to be buying it. It seems to we that our culture sends a very mixed and confusing message to girls (and women). On the one side we can be and do anything. On the other we need to dress and act like prostitutes.

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