It’s a Nice Day for a WHITE BIKINI?!? Thoughts on Breaking Dawn’s Sex/Wedding Fervor and EW’s Rob/Kristen Cover
It was starting off to be such a great Friday until I read this E-online post Breaking Dawn Sex Buzz Begins! And It’s All About the Bikini! in which Ted Casablanca and John Boone enthuse: “Damn! K.Stew is workin’ that bikini bod.” Eeeewwww. The authors of the post are closer in age to Edward than Bella and their let-me-just-stare-at-your-boobs meme creeps me out!
Sure, it’s lovely to admire beauty, and beautiful bodies, but it’s disturbing when such bodies are ogled like objects, with no consideration of the relative ages of the ogler and oglees. (I was similarly weirded out when I witnessed a mid-40s woman jump up on her chair and scream for Taylor Lautner several years ago at a Comic-Con event – and by the follow up discussion where various older Twi-Moms gushed they just couldn’t wait until Lautner was not longer “jail bait.” Icky.)
Admittedly, Summit is promoting this type of voyeurish-celebrity-body-stalking, and more so than ever in the run-up to the release of Breaking Dawn: Part 1.
Sure, as noted in the above linked e-online piece “Sex sells!” – but, need it sell in way that fetishizes the female body as virginal? Must Bella wear not only a white wedding dress, but also a white honeymoon dress, a white bikini, and white shorty-shorts that might as well be underwear? (see the photo line-up here)
While the trailer for the film is very wedding heavy, (as discussed in a previous post), it appears the film will be, like the books, filled with whiteness – not only the uber-sparkly-whiteness of vampire skin, but also white clothing, at least for the females…
Why does this rankle me? Because the notion of “a white wedding” is predicated on a sexist paradigm where only females are expected to be virgins. You don’t notice Edward wearing much white in those photos, do you?
Of course the wedding dress will be white – that is a no-brainer. But the bikini??? This I find particularly irksome as it, in skimpy bathing suit form, speaks to the “look super hot but be pure” message that so infiltrates are oxymoronic pornified-abtsinence culture. I get she is gonna wear an itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny, but couldn’t it be polka-dotted (or anything OTHER THAN WHITE)?!?