I’ve been trying to understand the rash of celebrity cooter sightings lately and I just don’t get it, so I thought I might throw it open to discussion.
I realize there’s a lot of ways this could veer off into a discussion of how porn has become mainstreamed, but I keep thinking that the porn discussion might actually be a distraction. Still, there’s something “Girls Gone Wild” about it.
But can I tell you what strikes me about it?
Why don’t we go flashing our cooters around? Yes, in part, because it’s indecent.
But also, “Good girls” don’t go running around town without underwear on because bad things might happen to them. Isn’t that the implicit threat? Don’t go flashing it around if you don’t want someone to decide he can lay claim to it?
Be enticing. Don’t be so enticing that men “can’t help themselves.”
Here’s what I wonder. Is this a flaunting not just of social conventions but of power? “I have so much power that, even if I were running around town with my cooter hanging out, nothing bad can happen to me.”? Or, if the paparazzi is mostly male, is it a way for these young female celebrities to rub it in the camera man’s face–“You matter so little to me, your view of me is so unimportant, that I dress as if your gaze has no power over me.”
I don’t know what to make of it. But it seems like there’s something going on there.