Hit her, baby, one more time– On Britney and all that she implies

A friend sent me this article from Salon.com on Britney’s VMA performance.  It’s the smartest thing out there that I have seen on the subject, and it reminds all of us about the role we play in building up or tearing someone down.   

Well, it certainly was a marriage made in heaven: Failing music star meets failing awards show program. Sarah Silverman as couples counselor. Sigh.

Who can believe that there is anything more to say about Britney Spears at this point? But, alas, there is. Spears has come to represent something — something important enough that it keeps rearing its head. As has been pointed out before, she embodies the disdain in which this culture holds its young women: the desire to sexualize and spoil them while young, and to degrade and punish them as they get older. Of course, she also represents a youthful feminine willingness — stupid or manipulated as it may be — to conform to the culture’s every humiliating expectation of her.   Read the rest here. 

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