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You Can't Call a Pretty Girl Pretty; What Kind of Country Are We Becoming?

Andy544 Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 1:04 PM
Political correctness..... a godless nation's new standard of morality. Pathetic.
Andy544 Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 1:22 PM
Having said THAT.... I have to acknowledge WHAT the 'outrage' was on the part of those who objected to Mussberger's remark: multitudes in this country now believe that a woman should not be evaluated in a public forum (before millions in this case) solely on the basis of her APPEARANCE. What if Mussberger had scanned the audience at that game, and discovered a young, handsome-looking dude, and made the comment, "wow! that's ONE nice-looking guy there. Bet his wife or girl friend are sure lucky to have them". Bottom line- an individual's WORTH, male or female, has NOTHING to do with their outer appearance. Lots of women in this country are tired of being 'appraised' like 'prime cuts' of beef in a butcher shop display window.
Doug5049 Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 1:34 PM
...and lots of them have no problem with it at all. Katherine Webb said she had no objection to what Musberger said. He didn't graphically describe her body parts or anything like that. And she got huge free publicity from the brouhaha over this non-story. She's the big winner in all this.
DCM in FL Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 2:08 PM
"Lots of women in this country are tired of being 'appraised' like 'prime cuts' of beef in a butcher shop display window."

What's really odd is how many of them want to be appraised on external qualities when those are by no means the best thing about them.
wtmoore1 Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 3:27 PM
It's not about whether the particular woman is willing to accept that form of objectification. It's the fact, as Andy pointed out above, that we feel comfortable evaluating women on that superficial standard as a default position. The ridiculousness of it is shown when applied to men (thanks for the contrast, Andy), and shows that we wouldn't think it appropriate to judge the value of men based on attractiveness.

The biggest problem is what that says to little girls watching. Instead of presenting a conception of a woman that is success through achievement, the picture they get is success through hanging into the arm of a man who achieves.

Don Draper would be proud. But it's not the message I want girls these days internalize.

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