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Girl Culture

Los Angeles photographer Lauren Greenfield's portraits reveal the disturbing hunger, the need to be desired, even objectified, that typifies the lives of ordinary girls by Dorothy Woodend

Girl Culture is a portrait of girls growing up fast in a hyper-sexualized, pressure-cooker world where magazine covers are wall-to-wall implants, Eminem raps about killing women and Britney Spears grinds her way into superstardom, all the while maintaining she is still a virgin. Never has the schism been so great between what is and what seems to be.

Reminds me of the argument made by Dr. Charles Crawford, recipient of the Sterling Prize for Controversy:

"If I said that the earth was flat it might be controversial, but it wouldn't be of any interest because everyone knows it is not flat. But saying the thin media images of women are caused by the media responding to women's stress-caused needs and desires can be controversial for at least two reasons. First, it is plausible and there is some evidence for it. Second, it is controversial because some women think it deprives them of power. Most controversial ideas are controversial because they appear to deprive someone of power or give power to someone else."

Not sure I buy that, but it was the first time I actually saw someone with the balls to argue it.

Sex-starved stupor

Angèle Yanor: “There are certain Vancouver buildings that have achieved a special status, or reputation, as dens of iniquity: Gloucester Court at 1575 West 16th Ave., The Captain French at 41 Alexander St. in Gastown and, a well-known hotbed of sexual activity, The Lions at 1331 Alberni St. As more new buildings compete for renters and owners by including upscale amenities -- fully equipped gyms, hot tubs, entertainment lounges, and rooftop decks -- more singles consort in their buildings, inevitably meeting prospective bed partners.”

Got that? The addresses of the apartment complexes in Vancouver you need to live in to get laid. I also liked the phrase "sex-starved stupor".

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