Don’t get me wrong, I’m not really pissed off at Jenny McCarthy; I’m using her as an example of celebrity women in general like Kim Kardashian, Katie Holmes, Kate Upton, Kate Middleton (oh, Geezus… I gotta think of another woman’s name that doesn’t start with a “K”!) Kate Hudson (Sh!t – there’s another woman who’s name starts with a “K”! Focus, Eric! FOCUS!) Kaley Cuoco, (Sh!!!!!t!!!) and other women who have become tabloid fodder for no good reason.
Let’s not forget women like Kristin Stewart (What’s with my obsession with women whose name starts with the letter “K” this morning?!?) who is famous only because she “acted” in the Twilight movies, the entire cast of the “The Hills,” Teen Mom turned porn star Farrah Abraham, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Rihanna, Britney Spears, and Paris Hilton.
Speaking of Paris Hilton – take any woman who’s famous for being famous…
The list goes on… I’ll just use Jenny McCarthy as the catch-all, the sacrificial goat, the metaphor for what’s really wrong with our society and our obsession with beauty and celebrity.
All of these women have a few things in common; for starters it’s their job to just look amazing. While they were blessed with incredibly good looks – they won the gene lottery – I’m sure that many of these women work out just as hard as contestants of “The Biggest Loser” just to maintain their incredible bodies. They have an army of make-up artists, wardrobe experts and press agents. They also have the benefit of being at the right place at the right time earlier on in their careers, and I’m sure that most of these women work hard at… whatever it is that they do.
So I have to ask, what makes these women authorities on anything? Why do we give a funk about what they think about anything? Why them and why not other women who are just as beautiful but are even smarter? There are two women in my life who I can’t stop think about when the subjects of celebrities comes up – my wife and one of my professors. Two of these women are two of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen in my life. I’m not kidding when I say that. They truly are…
Take my professor who knows more about one given subject than anyone else I know. She knows more about this topic than most of us will ever know on any other topic and is someone that we should all aspire to be more like… find out what you love and master it. If asked, (with my wife’s permission) I would walk through fire for this woman. She has a commanding presence and most of us can’t help but hang on her every word why given a lecture.
Second and most importantly is my wife whom I’ve heard use huge “High Score Scrabble words” or medical technobabble in conversations that traverse subjects both casual and professional without even thinking twice about it. My wife knows what she’s talking about in many different fields which leads me to two questions: why didn’t she become a doctor and what is she doing with me? My wife is, without a doubt one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen in my life. I’m not just saying that because she’s my wife, she was that beautiful when I met her and that’s why I pressured her. She’s also smarter than most celebrities I’ve ever seen on TV – obviously smarter than the talking heads on talk shows or news anchors.
Which begs the question; who are choosing these celebrities? How does chose one chose a “Jenny McCarthy” over my wife, Carol, to be one of the voices on “The View?” For that matter – any of the former hosts on “The View” is a fine example.
Granted (I mean “No Sh!t”) they both followed different career paths… but still.
What I’m really getting at is the question about how we value the women in our lives who are more than just another pretty face. Why is it that I have a hard time taking a woman like Jenny McCarthy seriously on any topic (including Autism) while wondering who the funk is someone like Kim Kardashian offering relationship advice?
How does one woman become someone we want to hear their opinion on something while others we ignore?
How come we care what Jenny McCarthy says, while we don’t care about Anna Nichole Smith? (Besides the fact that she’s dead…) How does one rocket to stardom to be an Oracle of wisdom while another is just an answer to a Playboy trivia question?
Am I the one with the problem because I can’t value the opinions of former sex-symbols who now what themselves to be known for something other than getting naked for the camera?
Am I an example of the uphill battle these women are fighting against?
Why was I thinking “what the funk?” when it was announced that Jenny McCarthy was becoming one of the cohosts of “The View;” especially when I have never seen a complete episode of that talk show in my life?
And how come the only beautiful women who I think deserve to have a voice of authority are the just the ones in my own life.
Sexist much? I think the fact I’m asking these questions say as much as the questions I’m asking…
After all this I’m left asking; how do these women get chosen to be the “voices” of the women of their generation and others aren’t?