Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sexiness & blogging - a lose-lose situation?

Months ago I was approached by JT Eberhard who asked me if I wanted to pose for their 2011 Skepticon pin-up calendar. It's one of the fun fundraising techniques they have to keep Skepticon free. I would be posing alongside other outspoken atheists like Greta Christina, Rebecca Watson, and PZ Myers.

JT stressed I could pose however I wanted, however clothed I wanted - something sexy and fun doesn't require nudity. I joked that I would do it if I could be Miss December 2012 because of the destructive nature of my boobs. I even used it as my April Fool's Day joke this year.

But joking aside, it's been festering in my brain for a while. Sex Positive Jen and Frustrated Blogger Jen have had the following debate on the issue:

SPJ: You should so do it! It'll be fun.
FBJ: You know you're just asking for trouble.
SPJ: But there's nothing wrong with a pin-up calendar! I'd be embracing my sexuality. And it's not objectifying women or anything - they have men too, and most of the poses are funny or smart.
FBJ: You understand that. But just think how others will react. Some feminists will use this as evidence that You're Doing It Wrong.
SPJ: I've learned not every feminist is going to agree with me.
FBJ: But worse, this will just perpetuate the misconception that you're only liked for your looks.
SPJ: Dude, I've always been the nerdy awkward girl. The idea of people only liking me for my looks is somewhat absurd. If anything, this is the first time I will get to embrace my looks! For once I can feel sexy.
FBJ: Your ridiculous self-esteem aside, people do know you as "the boobquake girl." You'll perpetuate that and have to deal with it. Do you really want more people asking you to sign your calendar than your book?
SPJ: Do I want to cover up just because of what others may say? That's wrong!
FBJ: Hmm...
SPJ: Hmm indeed.

So, I don't know what I'm going to do. But an interesting point? I don't think PZ had this thought process before he agreed. Ah, double standards and the joys of being a young female blogger.

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