Lohan stitched up by patriarchal virgin worship
Am I the only one a little queasy over the underlying public gloat at the jailing of master criminal Lindsay Lohan?
There it is, just beneath the surface – unspoken and insidious. It’s the patriarchal desire to see a wanton woman tamed.
Disagree? Replay the Lohan case with buttoned-down Katie Holmes in the dock and picture the reaction. See what I mean? But a boozing bisexual rootrat with a spoiled tabloid reputation and cash in the bank must be brought to heel.
Paris Hilton’s higher public profile brought on an even harder subliminal gush of the same attitudes when she was banged up.
Sure, Lohan skipped some court-ordered rehab or whatever… but has she really been caught doing anything you wouldn’t see plenty of at any decent party or university O-Week in the country?
The snide public response is a direct manifestation of our culture’s lingering worship of female virginity and hatred of oversexualised brats who’ll seemingly sleep with anyone but us.
Make Lohan or Hilton unattractive, make them sexually tame or cast them in steady, monogamous, heterosexual relationships with ‘safe’ guys and much of the venom would subside.
Still think I’m reaching too far? Robert Downey Jr, Christian Slater and Kiefer Sutherland have all been caught – often while well and truly off their faces – carrying loaded firearms. So have countless male rappers.
Mix celebrity entitlement and altered perception with devices designed to fling sharp bits of metal into human bodies and you get a scene exponentially more antisocial than any mischief Lohan’s been up to.
These guys, however, are cast as ‘troubled artists’; not one of their brushes with the law has induced anywhere near the levels of ‘gotcha!’ Lohan or Hilton have been subjected too.
What’s the difference? They all indulge in the same Learjetting, afterpartying lifestyle.
Ardent clubbers Shia LaBeouf, Colin Farrell and Russell Brand also get free passes in the public eye for their misbehaviour, while attractive starlets with well-publicised sex lives are hounded and shamed.
Perhaps that way impressionable young ladies might think twice before giving it a flaunt themselves.
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