25
Aug
2011
If I Were A Boy
Marilyn Monroe: Temptress, Independent Woman
Becky
"If I were a Boy"¦" is the story of a young woman dealing with what it means to be a girl today. The world is different for the young 20 something generation, largely because most women of that age now work, often waiting to get married and have babies, if they decide to have them at all. The very definition of what it means to be a woman is changing. Pop culture presents an interesting place to look at what it now means to be a woman, what it means to be feminine, and consequentially what that all means for everyone else. The story will range from sci-fi, to fashion, to music and even politics, but mostly its going to be about how all of that affects me, and my life as a girl.

The other night, I watched The Seven Year Itch with Marilyn Monroe. It was a clever movie, funny, interesting and timeless. As with all of her movies, I loved watching Marilyn Monroe. Although many find her anti-feminist, I love her.

People often criticize her for being bad for women, because often in her films she is boiled down to being the pretty character. She is considered stupid and only capable of being a big time movie star because of her looks.



But she is always so much more than that. Yes she is gorgeous, that is undeniable. But she is aware of that fact, and she utilizes her assets. She is aware of her power over men; she knows that all they see is a pretty face. All she needs to do is smile and wink and they will give her everything she wants. So if men are going to be that shallow and stupid, why shouldn't Marilyn Monroe use that to her advantage?

In The Seven Year Itch she plays a married man's neighbor while his family is away for a very hot summer. He falls completely to pieces whenever she is in the room, and is constantly battling with himself over his feelings for Marilyn despite his marriage.



One of the most famous scenes of this movie has now become an iconic image to this day. Marilyn is walking along a city grate when a train goes by lifting up her dress. This image is the iconic image of Monroe, and to this day it is endlessly copied and referenced.

Throughout the film Monroe performs these simple but highly sexualized acts. She lifts up her shirt to enjoy the AC. She happens to mention that she puts her underwear in the freezer when it's hot out. She extends her leg and points her toe to pick up her shoes. These acts are simple, subtle and seem to be just her nature. She pretends not to notice how they affect men, but of course they are all on purpose.
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I think that Monroe figured, if men were going to stare and see her as only a sexual object, why not make it a show. She let it become her persona and her image. And the fame she received for it was enormous.
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To this day, Monroe is still an iconic beauty. Her breathy voice, blonde curls and red lips still drive men wild. She was curvy, and sadly she probably would never get a job in Hollywood today. But if she walked down the street I'm sure she'd still turn heads.


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I never want to be just a pretty face; obviously I want people to appreciate the brain behind that face. But I respect Marilyn. She used what God gave her, and didn't make apologies for it. In The Seven Year Itch she isn't trying to be bad or drive the man wild. In fact in the end you can see she actually was being a good influence on his life.
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The fact that she is criticized for being beautiful I think shows a problem with feminism. I never want to be just a brain, I work hard on my appearance and I enjoy looking good and turning the few heads I do. And just like Marilyn, if men are going to think with their dicks and give me things because they think I am pretty, I will take full advantage of that stupidity. But this doesn't mean I'm against women's rights. Using and embracing my femininity doesn't damage it, it only make me stronger as a woman.

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