March 29, 2007

Jean-Paul Sartre and the Valley of the Dolls

The Pussycat Dolls are looking for a new dolly-bird. I don’t know why, since I didn’t know they’d lost one of their dolls in the first place.

In fact, I’ve never heard of the Pussycat Dolls, nor have I heard their mega hit from 2005 Don't Cha, as in: "Don't cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me. Don't cha wish your girlfriend was a freak like me."

No big surprise then that their new reality telly show is about to arrive on our screens - Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll.

The producers of the show are touting the dolls and their show as an exemplar of “third wave feminism”, whatever that might be, but I’m more inclined to go for the biggie and suggest that it must be the fourth-fifth-and-sixth wave of feminism all rolled into one. You know, like the feminism we thought we’d never see in this or any other lifetime.

The shows creator and the producer recently entertained a group of middle aged male journalists with third-wave philosophical and feminist insights, such as:

“the band and the show [are] "aspirational"and a "snapshot of the contemporary woman being everything she can be".
“the program - … was "inspiring to women" with its message to "find your inner doll",… getting dressed up like a doll is "like, great for women".
"Not to go into Jean-Paul Sartre here for a second, but there's a lid for every pot. It's very simple. There's a lid for every pot."
These are women that have wanted to be a part of it because they feel that it is empowering to get up there and dress up like a doll . . . It's something that every girl in the world . . . wants to do."
Under no circumstances is this in the service of men.
And there's even a position to take (that) this is, frankly, third-wave feminism.

At least one journo was becoming apoplectic by this point and jumped in with the lethal question:

I'm just totally baffled at how you get from 'Don't cha wish your girlfriend was a freak like me?' to celebrating women.
McG jumped back in: "Truth be told, it's just saying, 'Don't cha wish your girlfriend could be free and comfortable in her own skin and do her own thing like me?'"

Critics began to boo.

"It is!" Antin said, defensively.


15 comments:

  1. Anonymous10:08 PM

    Caz! Never heard of the pussy cat dolls eh?
    You obviously don't have an eleven year old daughter mate!

    Pop Pap ..
    Don't cha wish your girlfriend was fun like me?

    Don't cha?

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  2. Okay I removed my first comment coz I totally buggered it up with typos.

    I was going to post on this one but you beat me to it. Your going to have to start calling me before you post things from the age or I wont have anything to write about hehehehe

    Well the hit song they are talking about was the most disgracful piece of crap song on earth...
    Here are they lyrics just so you can see how "empowered" these dollies are:
    "Don't Cha"
    (feat. Busta Rhymes)

    [Busta Rhymes]
    OK (ahh)
    Yeah (ahh)
    Oh, we about to get it just a lil hot and sweaty in this mu'fucka (oh, baby)
    Ladies let's go (uhh)
    Soldiers let's go (dolls)
    Let me talk to y'all and just you know
    Give you a little situation... listen (fellas)

    [Buster Rhymes]
    Pussycat Dolls
    Ya see this shit get hot
    Everytime I come through when I step up in the spot (are you ready)
    Make the place sizzle like a summertime cookout
    Prowl for the best chick
    Yes I'm on the lookout (let's dance)
    Slow banging shorty like a belly dancer with it
    Smell good, pretty skin, so gangsta with it (oh, baby)
    No tricks only diamonds under my sleeve
    Gimme the number
    But make sure you call before you leave

    [Pussycat Dolls]
    I know you like me (I know you like me)
    I know you do (I know you do)
    That's why whenever I come around
    She's all over you (she's all over you)
    I know you want it (I know you want it)
    It's easy to see (it's easy to see)
    And in the back of your mind
    I know you should be on with me (babe)

    [Chorus:]
    Don't cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?
    Don't cha wish your girlfriend was a freak like me?
    Don't cha?
    Don't cha?
    Don't cha wish your girlfriend was raw like me?
    Don't cha wish your girlfriend was fun like me?
    Don't cha?
    Don't cha?

    Fight the feeling (fight the feeling)
    Leave it alone (leave it alone)
    'Cause if it ain't love
    It just ain't enough to leave my happy home (my happy home)
    Let's keep it friendly (let's keep it friendly)
    You have to play fair (you have to play fair)
    See I don't care
    But I know she ain't gonna wanna share

    [Chorus:]
    Don't cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?
    Don't cha wish your girlfriend was a freak like me?
    Don't cha?
    Don't cha?
    Don't cha wish your girlfriend was raw like me?
    Don't cha wish your girlfriend was fun like me?
    Don't cha?
    Don't cha?

    [Busta Rhymes]
    OK, I see how it's goin' down (ahh, don't cha)
    Seems like shorty wanna little menage pop off or something (let's go)
    Well let me get straight to it
    Every broad wan watch a nigga when I come through it
    It's the god almighty, looking all brand new
    If shorty wanna jump in my ass then vanquish
    Looking at me all like she really wanna do it
    Tryna put it on me till my balls black an blueish
    Ya wanna play wit ah playa girl then play on
    Strip out the Chanel
    And leave the lingerie on
    Watch me and I'mma watch you at the same time
    Looking at ya wan break my back
    You're the very reason why I keep a pack ah the Magnum
    An wit the wagon hit chu in the back of tha magnum
    For the record, don't think it was something you did
    Shorty all on me cause it's hard to resist the kid
    I got a idea that's dope for y'all
    As y'all could get so I could hit the both of y'all

    [Pussycat Dolls]
    I know she loves you (I know she loves you)
    I understand (I understand)
    I'd probably be just as crazy about you
    If you were my own man
    Maybe next lifetime (maybe next lifetime)
    Possibly (possibly)
    Until then old friend
    Your secret is safe with me

    [Chorus:]
    Don't cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?
    Don't cha wish your girlfriend was a freak like me?
    Don't cha?
    Don't cha?
    Don't cha wish your girlfriend was raw like me?
    Don't cha wish your girlfriend was fun like me?
    Don't cha?
    Don't cha?

    Okay did you get through all of that?
    Well rather than usuing the word "empowered" I like to call these girls and what they sing about slutty whore bags.
    But thats just me!

    Oh and BTW after having their first song be all about how some guy should prefer to be with Skanky Mc Skank dolls their next song was all lovey dovey saying how Skanky wants to be with her man forever and ever.
    Serioiusly make up your mind whore bags!!!!

    Okay Okay Im done I swear Im done :)

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  3. Anonymous10:41 PM

    As I said Pop Pap . And I will add Crap.

    Pop Pap Crap.. Yeah..

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  4. Err, okay, so I'm not as hip and up with the modern youth kulcha as I thought I was.

    Strange thing about those lyrics though: I can see Paris Hilton carrying that off. Really I can.

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  5. Anonymous10:59 PM

    Hey Caz!
    Will ya be turnin' ya lights off on Saturdee night eh?

    No red light specials that night mmmm.

    I certainly will not be turning off EVERY light!!
    How ever would I find my way to the fridge for a refill?

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  6. Are you W.A folk doing that too?

    Seriously?

    I know Sydney is, total pratts.

    I'm definitely not aware of Melbourne joining in on such a fatuous event.

    People do realise, surely, that the amount of electricity produced will not be reduced, don't they?

    The net effect on carbons will be nothing, is my undersanding?

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  7. P.S - Sorry for pinching your post baby.

    See what happens when you let the kids get in on the act?

    *Sigh*

    Oh for the days when they were seen but not heard.

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  8. Anonymous11:09 PM

    Funny that Caz! Got an email today about that crap.

    Thought of you.

    Knew you'd be chuffed!

    Some people will believe anything! ( Even poor old Harry has been sucked in!) Guess I am just a cynic eh?

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  9. Anonymous11:27 PM

    Ya know Caz..
    I was just thinkin'..

    I just luurve pullin' the piss!.

    Almost as much as I like drinkin' it!
    Lol..

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  10. Oh, Kath, not only has Harry been suckered, but now he's sulking too.

    See with these environmental token gestures do to people.

    Ah, I must go in search of those wines that you and James recommended.

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  11. So... bare midriffs are still the 'in' thing, eh?

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  12. Muffin tops might never go out of style Jacob. We could be stuck with them.

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  13. Anonymous11:57 PM

    Muffin tops and Air heads!
    What a combination eh?

    Hope we ain't stuck with the airheads Caz!

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  14. Well, to paraphrase our Lord & Saviour, airheads (of either sex) ye will always have with ye.

    But muffin tops??? Say it aint so.

    Bare midriffs straining from out of tight jeans may at best portend latent fertility -- which is 'good' in an ageing population -- but in many cases good taste would require they keep their fertility to themselves.

    (Strange, the thoughts that occur at a late hour...)

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  15. In my lifetime I haven't heard worse music than what is considered popular top 40 today.

    The lyrics are alternately vile & vapid. Moronic stuff. IMO bad for civilized society.

    And don't get me started on the oversinging!

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