Saturday, September 15, 2007

You've come a long way baby


From 1974: The Three Degrees - When Will I See You Again



From 2000: Destiny's Child - Independent Women


We've moved from women in pant suites and turtlenecks singing "When Will I See You Again" to women not so covered singing about "Independent Women." Yes, we've come a long way, baby.

An article on Salon.com suggests "Women are the new men on TV" this season, saying:
Here's the good news: When you turn on your television this fall, you'll be watching more women kick more ass than you can possibly imagine -- physically, economically and sexually. Hard-bodied and smart, rich and aggressive, confident and independent, the chicks who populate the prime-time lineup are being cast in roles that once belonged almost exclusively to men. [...]

Welcome to the new world on television, where the women are strong, and the men are cavemen.
So what do you think? Are women the new men?

3 comments:

FranIAm said...

Now that is a very funny play on words... the cavemen! Good use of contemporary content!!

It is interesting to me... being of a certain age(49) and having been around for the early feminist era, I am often amazed at how that has all translated itself to today.

Sometimes I think "oh my - we did this so someone could wear a thong and a tiny top?" and then I think that I am being more judgmental than I might like to admit to. However, I waver about stuff like this. How about you?

On the other hand, I work in a company where I have had the honor and privilege to manage great people. Many of them women.

I stand in awe of their early, easy confidence. They amaze and delight me with that. If that is the upside and the tiny top is the downside... so be it.

Anyway, are women the new men? I don't think so... I think we are just the new women!

Great post BAC!! So thought provoking for a rainy Saturday!! Love it!

Boxer rebel said...

This is a great post BAC, but if women are the new men, then as the stupid people on the new ABC show Bigshots say, "Men, we are the new women." So again it is misogynistic and annoying, at least to me. Men and women can both be strong and independent without the other one having to be weak and subordinate.

BAC said...

I agree boxer. And Fran, I sometimes wish women would not be so provocative in their dress, but hey ... the bottom line is women should be able to wear whatever they want to wear, without fear of violence or without being judged. Take the young woman that was forced to cover up on the airline, her outfit looked fine. I'd hate to think people are such prudes that an attractive woman in a sexy outfit is a threat.


BAC