I’m really not trying to attack anyone and I don’t hate anyone. I feel like out of everything, I’ve lost the most followers over the fact that I’m not a fan of Grace Kelly….which has always been in casual references and never devoted to WHY I DISLIKE HER OMG I MUST BE SECRETZLY JELLY OF HER LET ME CREATE A BAJILLION POSTS WHY I DISLIKE HER AGGGGGGGGH. SO I shall go into clarification and detail exactly why I’m not fond of her.
Oh & this basically turned into practically an essay about my view of women in classic hollywood.
My issue is it’s almost as if it’s ok to like Audrey (who I actually like as a person but never enough to catch my interest in general) & Grace since they were products of the 1950s’. If you look at most of the films of the era, they were the least empowering for women compared to the pre-code films & ’40s films where you had the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyck, Lauren Bacall, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, etc,. who could hold their own against men and were willing to not just be a pretty piece (hmph, like what Vivien Leigh’s Lady Hamilton fought against in That Hamilton Woman).
There’s still this odd idea amongst most younger generations who are into classic hollywood (seemingly those not as extensively but at least a somewhat knowledge or surface knowledge) that they’d rather be an Audrey or a Grace than a Bacall or a Katharine Hepburn because they ‘want to be wonderful,’ which I feel reflects on what many Western female youth want to be. Again, I might be reading a lot into this but this has been on my mind for a long while and I think reading Molly Haskell’s From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in Films, a feminist critique on classic hollywood just reinforces my thinking of what I thought before. Just as relevant as it is today, the ’50s culture in regards to hollywood (or ’50s classic hollywood for us) viewed Grace & Audrey as aspiring figures because they were pleasing and censures Marilyn Monroe mainly due to the caricature of what she became & still is due to the hollywood system (i.e. chastize those embodying ‘the whore’ stereotype and praise ‘the virgin’ stereotype).
But what I’m also trying to get at is that Grace Kelly is everything that I have disliked in society & culture, which is that when you have the right genetic makeup, you can go very far & therefore doesn’t require talent. Yes, I do like actors/actresses who happen to be good-looking but most we see are good-looking. There’s a reason why I have greater esteem for the likes of Claude Rains and Peter Lorre as well as love Bogie more than most actors because they were those who couldn’t readily rely on their looks as much. And notice that this didn’t as easily happen to actresses because even the supposedly less attractive (Bette Davis, Katharine, Stanwyck) still were very pleasing to look at.
I don’t know, I just feel like this is something that has happened and still happens to females more because it’s basically saying that all a female needs in life is to be pretty & have a pleasing personality, therefore allowing you to be worshipped/idolized/immortalized when I’d rather be a Katharine Hepburn than an Audrey Hepburn anyday.
“…for a moment, though I’m alone in bed with a book, I don’t feel so alone. For a moment, I belong to a group neither as big as a statistically significant sample nor as small as the naked self. It’s a group of two, the faithful writer and the trusting reader. We’re different but the same.”—Jonathan Franzen, the conclusion to his essay “Books in Bed” from How To Be Alone, when discussing sex and sex in Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity. (via portraitoftheartistasatumblr)
Religion, Patriotism, Race, Wealth, Class and every other form of arbitrary separatist identification and thus conceit, has served to create a controlled population, utterly malleable in the hands of the few.
Divide and Conquer is the motto, and as long as people continue to see themselves as separate from everything else, they lend themselves to being completely enslaved.
The men behind the curtain know this and they also know that if people ever realize the truth of their relationship to nature, and the truth of their personal power, the entire manufactured Zeitgeist they prey upon, will collapse like a house of cards.
A) A young couple being exalted and celebrated and treated as more worthy & special than all the rest of us, for no reason but the family they were born into, or are marrying into.
B) A man who started from nothing, yet pulled himself up to the highest of heights and became an inspiration to millions… who through a lifetime commitment to hard work, scholarship and integrity has achieved things that 200 years of history had judged impossible… but who still, after all that, is being treated as less worthy than the rest of us, as less than a man, less than a citizen, simply because of the family/race/skin he was born into.
You’ll have to forgive me if I don’t shed a tear for the royal wedding.
“I can’t lie that dreams are ridiculous.
And in dreaming myself upon the moon
I have made the moon my home and no one
Can ever get to me to hit me or kiss my lips.”—Dorothea Lasky, from “The Process of Explication” (via proustitute)