Jan 262009

Always so hard to pick among the many worthy contenders, but today we honor Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for,

“saying that deploying more troops on Italian streets following a series of rape cases would not guarantee the safety of the country’s women because “we would need as many soldiers as there are beautiful girls in Italy – which we will never manage”.”

Mr. Prime Minister, are you suggesting that women get raped because they are beautiful?  Or that women you see as less attractive women don’t  deserve to be safe from rape?  And oh by the way, adding to your military presence is more likely to increase sexual violence against women than to decrease it.  Just ask the women of Iraq, or Rwanda, or the the DRC.

We also want to give honorable mention to Tania Lundeen at Ty Inc. who, when asked why Ty was commodifying on the first daughters celebrity in the form of Sweet Sasha and Marvelous Malia dolls replied, “How can we resist?”

Um, unless you really think exploiting children is a good idea, it shouldn’t be all that hard.  As Christine points out on Our Bodies Our Blog,

“Sadly, these dolls lack agency in their own world. Malia doesn’t even have her own camera.

Instead, they “come with a password to an online ‘virtual world’ where real girls can decorate their dolls’ room, change their clothes or go shopping,” reports the Chicago Sun Times.”

Definitely not the kind of capitalism anyone should believe in.

 January 26, 2009  Posted by on January 26, 2009

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