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Monday, January 23, 2012

Badgering Bitches




The media is plagued with images and footage of women behaving badly. It seems as though the video girl has been replaced with the reality TV girl. There are a lot more women dominating the cast for  these shows and in many cases with men and women ensemble cast. Which usually have stand out female stars, but it seems as though dignity is what has been traded for fame. The star of reality show Jersey Shore, Snooki, didn't get much press until she got punched in the face by a man at a bar. Is that really what it takes? In the beginning there was just one designated bitch or diva, but know reality shows like, Bad Girls Club look for a whole cast full of catty women for our entertainment. Of course we flock to our televisions every week to watch the drama unfold, but similar to how sex and the female body is exploited, these shows also objectify us. The first step of allowing disrespect is by removing the human soul and making them an object. Do women exist that are bitches, Divas and villains? Yes, of course, but we are flooded with the images of the catty, immature women with child-like anger issues. Can we please get other images and perspectives of women in reality television? 





This matter has also been addressed by Amanda Seales formally known as Amanda Diva. She changed her name for a few reasons, but the reason that stands out to most in her article with Loop 21 was the down grade society gave the word Diva. The word diva actually means a distinguished female singer in the opera genre. She states in the article “The word has become COMPLETELY bastardized. Where a “diva” was once a woman of esteem now most define a “diva” as a woman who makes demands beyond her worth, is ostentatious and just a plain ol’ bitch."  This explanation pretty much speaks for itself and displays how the downgrade of a word also represent the downgrade of the images that women associated with these words and behavior. When did being a rude, heartless and hateful, become what some would call keeping it real? Can we some how find a way to get back to being graceful women, who are as strong, assertive and filled with dignity. 


Ms Vixen is asking its readers to join the crusade and support female artist who are making strides to also have positive images of women on television. Amanda Seales has a one woman show that tackles all of these issues of women degrading themselves on television. Here's a glimpse of what her show is about, and make sure to check out her website Death of a Diva for more information on her play.








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