The book Female Chauvinist Pigs may be an excellent book, for all I know. I’m sure it’s a Stinging Indictment of Modern Society. But if I may, allow me to draw your attention to the following quote from the Amazon book summary:
Writing vividly, she brings her readers to places she visited to make her assessment; the elevator of Playboy Enterprises with women auditioning to be Playmates in the fiftieth anniversary edition, a Florida beach where sunbathers urge a woman to take off her bathing suit for the camera crew of Girls Gone Wild, a San Francisco Italian restaurant where a lesbian worries she’s not dressed up enough for her date, a CAKE party in New York, with women grinding each other’s pelvises in time to pulsating dance rhythms, and outside a juice bar in Oakland where a beautiful high school student shares disappointment at her experiences with sex.
(Emphasis mine). Hey, major media? Publishing industry? There is a United States outside of California and New York City. I know this may come as a shock. Yes, I know that Florida is not technically part of either California or NYC, but it’s for all intents and purposes our nation’s Emergency Backup California, maintained in case California ever falls into the sea.
Almost every time I hear about some new trend or menace that’s “sweeping the nation”, it turns out that it’s really sweeping some rarefied bi-coastal hipster culture that has no connection to me or anyone I know. Every creative type should be required to spend a summer in Bumfuck Idaho – or even in a major city other than NYC, SF, or LA – before being granted their liberal-arts degree.
but aren’t the coasts where all the real American Culture is??
I mean, none of us here in that big “blank space” in between the hip coasts (and we should note that not all coastal areas are hip.. South Carolina doesn’t seem to fit the hip scene, except during spring break at Myrtle Beach) have any kind of cultural value or contributions… right?
“Every creative type should be required to spend a summer in Bumfuck Idaho – or even in a major city other than NYC, SF, or LA “
Yeah, but then if they spent a summer in, say, Detroit, they might realize there are social problems that actually matter in comparison to ignorant women behaving like ignorant men.
I saw a shirt at the Detroit Tattoo Convention that read,
“I don’t care how the fuck they do it in California.”
Yes, but they sell “Girls Gone Wild” in Idaho too. Those teens see it. Those teens think “It’s okay for me to act like that.”
Does the attitude spread to Idaho? Of course it does, (unless it’s mormon country and the parents keep it off the TV.)
Oh, I know. I’m just tired of authors who’s entire universe consists of the left and right coasts, and who’s “research” consists of anecdotes from only those locales.
Probably wouldn’t do much good since they tend to bring along their bubble of idiocy with them whenever they invade a new area and it soon becomes a node of the same crap. Sundance has ruined areas of Colorado for example, with coastal wanks coming for the ‘quaintness’ while destroying that quaintness in their very presence. Same with Bal Harbor, Maine and many others.
Florida is not technically part of either California or NYC, but it’s for all intents and purposes our nation’s Emergency Backup California, maintained in case California ever falls into the sea.
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