November 1, 2002
The young male in me nearly "fell in love" with the mesmerising maidens posing on the top-left of your web pages. Things were getting interesting when unfortunately the clock chimed, and the man woke up to make, for what they're worth, the following hypothesis (1), the ensuing allegation (2), and a disclaimer (3).
(1). The virtual vixens on the top-left are, among perhaps other things, used as visual rhetoric in a way similar to how it's commonly done in advertisements.
The *most* prominent feature of these images is NOT confidence or power, but physical beauty. They subtly, yet significantly contribute to the readers' mental image of a heartless bitch, encouraging them to "buy" the concept. If, say in a gedanken experiment, these images are removed or made conventionally un-sexy, the content looses appeal **tangibly**, because the heartless bitches "are" no longer beautiful.
Since you have displayed some dating requests that you got, I am assuming that you are aware of at least the plausibility of this phenomenon. I guess the same can be said about things like "lovely jadesirens".
(2). *If* the above is true, then their use is contradictory to the values you seem to espouse.
An argument, satirical or not, made for winning equality and honour for women is *inherently contradictory* if, to sell the argument, it must subtly highlight the role played by women in sexually pleasing men. It would be something like promising alcohol to an alcoholic if he/she would *quit* taking alcohol.
The equal status that is the aim should *NOT* depend on women's ability to be attractive and appealing to men, and neither should the arguments made to achieve that status. If they do, it would not really be equality that is argued for, but a gift in return for looking pretty and sexy.
A rhetorical question that addresses this would be: are you afraid to hand one of those guns to a physically plain looking and fully clothed heartless bitch? Or is such an entity nonexistent in your reality?
(3). Personally, I have nothing against these sensual sirens, and in fact hope that you will bring in even more of them. I have no agenda (and if I do, I am not conscious of it) behind this feedback, and *SURE AS HECK* am not morally castigating you to bring you to any misconceived "right path". I think (in a Cartesian fashion) that I am intent-free here.
I suppose I am merely interested in your views on how (1) is not true, and if it is, how (2) doesn't follow from it, and if it does, how it doesn't really matter!