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And it's true we are immune when fact is fiction and TV reality

by anna at 08:08 PM on May 07, 2003

I keep a Glamour Shots photo on my desk. Women walk up and and ask if it's my wife. This seems like a rather silly question considering that I wear a wedding ring. Who else's picture would I display?

They always exclaim about how beautiful she is. I'm never quite sure how to respond. To say thank you would seem presumptuous, as if I had something to do with it. "Yeah she is," seems kind of flippant. So I basically say nothing.

Guys never do this. But if they did, it wouldn't be a pretty scene. I'd have this creepy feeling that he was coveting my beloved when in reality, he's just making idle chitchat.

Him: Dude, is this your wife? She is majorly hot!
Me: I like to think so.
Him: We should all get together sometime.
Me: I don't think so.

Which brings me to my point, such as it is. Maxim magazine is offering readers a chance to showcase their trophy wives or girlfriends therein. I've got problems with that. First off, there's the distinct possibility of rejection. Then there's the dilemma alluded to above. Even progressive guys remain uncomfortable with the notion of other guys leering at and/or Pee Wee Hermaning all over pix of their women. You might as well ask her to perform a hoochie-coochie dance for your drunken pals on poker night.

Provided you could somehow get past those hurdles, how do you go about making such a proposal? "Hey honey, I was thinking we should send some sleazy pictures of you into Maxim. If you make the grade, guys everywhere will get to see you looking all come-hither on your hands and knees." Sounds like an open invitation to divorce proceedings if you ask me.

Of course we all know the answer. These days some folks will stop at nothing in their quest to appear on TV or in magazines. They have no shame when it comes to baring their bodies or revealing their deepest secrets in exchange for fleeting exposure. Nor do they balk at choking down maggots on Fear Factor or groping total strangers on The Bachelor.

It's enough to make you wonder what the world is coming to. But what I'm really curious about is how others feel about this. Am I way off base? Would you really like to see your SO splayed across the pages of some smutty magazine or lounging in the hot tub on some sleazy reality show? Why or why not?

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If I had an SO I wouldn't want them "splayed across the pages of some smutty magazine." The only reason I can think someone would want that is to get validation from society that values sexiness. I pick people to date based on how they make me feel, not on whether or not everyone else thinks they are hot.

Maxium, huh.... figures. It's Cosmo for men.

by syd at May 8, 2003 10:34 AM


When I was on my basic officer training for the military part of the bed space layout was a picture frame with a picture in it.


At the time I didn't have a significant other, so after I got grief for not having a picture up I went and found a appropriately demure picture in a magazine (don't remember which one).


The Course staff left me alone for the picture, although some of them didn't believe me that it was out of a magazine.


I did did comments for the rest of the course from various people that I had a nice looking girlfriend though...


As for the maxim thing, perhaps you've been missing the "amateur" phenomenon that is prevelant on the internet and in various smut magazines from days gone by... Lots of people seem to want to show off what their "woman" has as a sort of trophy or something. Since some of them have blurred faces it would seem to suggest that for alot of them it's not a fame type thing so much as something else. What else isn't something I can answer.

Of course there is also those who post pictures of their former significant other ....

by ChuckWoolery at May 8, 2003 11:02 AM


I would definitely feel offended if my SO wanted to display me as any kind of "trophy" because I would feel he was undermining me as a person. Yeah, I know, that is the most over-used reason, but it is true nontheless. As for me wanting to flaunt my SO in that manner, the answer is no because I value the people I love way too much as to treat them as objects instead of human beings. There is nothing wrong with people complimenting you and/or your partner as long as they aren't being disrespectful.

by Lucy at May 8, 2003 1:00 PM


I kind of like the amateur thing because it exemplfies the beauty that's all around us, instead of relegating it to a Britney S. Pepsi ad. Your line, "They have no shame..." begs the question: Why should they? In the right context, what is shameful about the shape of human anatomy? We all have it. Most of us enjoy seeing it. Most of us are ashamed to admit it(?). We're stuck in the dichotomy that we exist as objects embedded with humanity. To enjoy one, is not necessarily to disgrace the other. Disrespect creeps in when some people elevate the object over the person, but it's not a given.

A bunch of secretaries where I work were following "married by America" and were all concerned that one of the girls had posed for playboy. I didn't see what the big deal was. It meant nothing at all to me. Their dismissal of her was a further objectification of her as a person.

by chris at May 8, 2003 4:42 PM


i think the worst is the "extreme makeover" show...my girlfriend makes me watch the bachelor, and since it's on right after, i'm constantly subjected to commercials for it. it's bad enough that television etc. make people feel like they're not good enough, and now this show is straight up telling people that they're ugly, and because of it, they need plastic surgery to be an okay person. that's just total bullshit. i admit that i don't know how they spin it, because i refuse to watch the show. however, my roommate watched it last night, and said that she almost started crying when they showed the girl seeing herself for the first time post-op. so i suppose you can argue that it's not hurting anyone because they're making unhappy people happy. however, i don't agree with this; the fact that they're so unhappy in the first place is because their physical appearance doesn't measure up to what society deems "acceptable." this show further adds to the cause of this grief by intimating that hollywood's standards are the correct standards, and the only way for these people to be happy is to go under the knife, multiple times. in my opinion, it's total bullshit, and it pisses me off.
(there endeth the rambling.)

by JC at May 8, 2003 5:10 PM


It's been a long time since I've been to Atlantic City. Ever since I discovered online casinos, there's no need to make the trek. But when I did, I swear Donald Trump put up huge billboard shrines to his current leggy model-gal pal. How's that for objectifying somebody?

by Anna at May 8, 2003 6:32 PM


No.

by Lockheed at May 8, 2003 7:55 PM


LOL. Your post reminded me of a situation I was in one night. Wanna hear about it?
Ok...

I was out with a girl on a date at a preppy bar in Warwick, RI. one night when the drunk sitting on the other side of her started hitting on her. I listened smiling to my self thinking about how many ways I was gonna fuck him up when she asked me to switch seats with her. Sitting next to him now I decided to make a fool out of him in front of everybody. I started telling him that my date wanted me to make the arrangements for all of us to go home and have a party. He was now buying the drinks for us and as I went on and on the drinks got more expensive and I got louder and louder. Then I told him that my date was a drag-queen with a fantastic 11 inch cock (we were well known in that bar and everybody knew what I was up to except him) pretty soon the whole bar was listening in on us wondering where this guy would go with this. After a while he had spent over $100 on drinks and was now broke. Now is when we laughed him out the door and as he left the whole bar was laughing about him, but two weeks later we went to the bar again and he was there greeting us and begging to come home with us...

Some people are just too plain stupid for thier own good, but the bartender asked me not to fuck with him again so I let him buy our dinners and a few drinks and then split on him.

by Funking Dave at May 9, 2003 9:20 AM


That story is way better than the post. I bet the bartender was afraid of losing his best customer when he woke up to realize he'd been taken.

by Anna at May 9, 2003 6:30 PM


I sort of perversely like that feature in Maxim (or is it FHM? Gear? Stuff? whichever...) where hot girls pose for photos and reveal humiliating things about their ex-boyfriends as revenge. It could be just me. And you have to admit the jokes in their jokes section are funny.

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