Girls will be Girls?

When I bring a lunch to work, I like to peruse some newsy magazines while eating. As I was picking out a magazine off the rack, the cover of the July 30th edition of the New Yorker caught my eye. The female artist entitled it, “Girls will be Girls.”

If I had fur, it would be bristling right now! You know the saying, often used to excuse bad behavior (or even illegal or immoral), “Boys will be Boys”? Do you think the artist is implying that women can be excused for wearing skimmpy clothing as simply something to be winked at? Or how about juxtaposing the girl in the middle with the opposite extreme of a woman wearing a niqaab (face veil) and a fully-habited nun. Girls wearing lots of clothing is also something to be sighed and shrugged off?

Oh, yeah, this is just art. I should relax and not think about it too much because the artist isn’t here to make her statement. I might misinterpret the painting.

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2 Responses to “Girls will be Girls?”


  1. 1 Christine July 31, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    Wow that’s a statement maker. I think it’s upsetting to see a girl dressed in a very bare way as being looked at the same as those who cover in modesty. It’s not the same thing. Do men really look at them the same I say no they do not.

    Because of these things they put on magazines we have a society such as we do. They needed to show the girl being galked at and the other two being respected.

    I don’t know maybe my thinking is a bit extreme?

    Bless you Sister

    Christine

  2. 2 MInTheGap July 31, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    I think that the woman is trying to equate all equally and missed the entire point. Two women are dressed the way they are out of a desire to be part of something bigger than themselves– the girl in the middle is totally all about herself. That’s the big difference.

    Two to distract attention, one to attract it.


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