Friday, January 13, 2006

For Shame, Silliman N

Speaking of complicity in sexism and the refusal to recognize it.... a reader sent us this announcement for a party today (Friday) in Silliman. I think most of us will immediately see its message as unabashedly patriarchal: the CEO (symbol of power) is a white male. Women who work in an office must be sexual pawns of this man (their "power" is sexual and leaves them under - literally and figuratively - the male figure).

While guys can aspire to run the company, girls aspire to please men - professional dress code be damned. Didn't you know? That's the way the corporate world works!

We've seen hundreds of parties with similarly offensive themes (your nominations welcome in the comments section), and I expect some of you will say, "big deal, it's a joke - we know it's sexist." Here's the question: if we know it, why do we ignore its implications? Can we please find a version of "sexy" that does not entail the
subjugation of women? Entryway N, aren't you ashamed of yourselves?

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