I'm exhausted and far too blmghph and glthrghmphff and fghlkmmphrg to do any real writing or research right now. So the Abramoff thing will come tomorrow.
I just finished the animation project from hell -- from that region of hell where no-one is allowed to sleep. (My job was technical, not creative, but the hours were still killer.)
This short film was funded by a celebrity. Can't mention names, but she is someone many of you admire, as I do. Her purpose is to promote the notion that media-imposed body images can be oppressive to young women. A worthy theme.
Here are some thoughts that ran through my noggin while working on this film:
Some online feminists (though not the celebrity referenced above) blame the Oppressive Heterosexual Male Patriarchy, or OHMP, whenever they decry the unnerving fact that so many hideously undernourished waif-like creatures have been spotted wafting down runways in the fashion world. On occasion, feminist readers have laid this rap on your humble narrator. Well, we members of OHMP have many sins to answer for -- but what goes on in fashion ain't one of them.
Let's be honest. The men who run that show are largely gay. Most straight men don't like females who look like boys.
Although many feminists have (correctly) decried the unhealthily skeletal look of many current runway models, none of the feminist criticism has gone in the right direction. Feminists scream at guys like me
, when they should scream at guys like Karl "No one wants to see round women" Lagerfeld.
No, I'm not saying that all gay men are evil. My point is simply this: If Taco Bell sells you a crummy burrito, it doesn't make any sense for you to go to the neighboring Seven-Eleven and say: "Those people at Taco Bell ripped me off. What are you
going to do about it?" I bear no responsibility -- none
, nada, zippo -- for the fact that so many runway models now look as wiry and fragile as pencil lead.
If you want action on your complaint, take it to the right party. Gay people are reasonable -- or rather, they are no more unreasonable than are any other members of homo sapiens sapiens, a species not always known for its reasonableness. As the old song has it: If the man don't listen, you got to yell a little louder. That goes for gay men as well as straight men.
I've tried to make sure that my character Chalice (see the ad in the upper-right corner) is someone with whom teenaged girl can identify. Too many females in comics look like Dominatrix strippers -- seven feet tall, with breasts the size of SUVs.
No. That's not who she is.
A young lady named Angela posed for the Chalice drawings. Although some people have suggested that she pursue a career in modeling, Angela frets that she is too "overweight" for that career. Is the world of fashion (or the wider world of female-ness) really so ridiculous? To my eyes, that girl does not look even slightly overweight -- if anything, she looks under-pizzaed.
Pursuant to another art project (long story), I corresponded a bit with an actual model whose image you've probably seen on various web sites. (I won't mention names.) She told me that she can't get any further work because she's too "curvy." In her case, "curvy" is not a euphemism for "overweight" -- curvy means curvy
This situation is nuts. Clothes look great
on her, just as they look great on Angela.
Meanwhile, none of the women on Project Runway
look healthy or attractive to me. (Except Heidi.) I don't think that clothes hang well on them. Those young ladies need to spend a few months communing with some of my old pals: Ben, Jerry, Granny Goose and Colonel Sanders.
Bottom line: Don't blame me. And don't blame straight guys in general. Awful as we OHMPers may be in many other ways, this particular sin is not one that we have committed -- in fact, we don't even comprehend it.