February 25, 2004
"rubies" from ben and jerry

So, I was editing some video that I've had sitting around for almost exactly a year, when I came across this segment: In a Baltimore club where my band was throwing a luau (really - it seemed like a good idea at the time) My friends Brendan (behind the camera) and Lizzy (the male singer in my band) are talking with - maybe more like "at" or "to" - this very buxom young woman about her breasts (of course, none of the people in this video actually uses the word breasts, but you get the idea.)

So, here's the deal. I've manipulated the video to make it look like an animation using on of those children's magnetic shavings things (you know what I mean, even if you don't think you do) making it difficult to tell who these people actually are. I want to know what you think of this thing: Is it too graphic? Who's empowered here? Is this just stupid crap? Is this essentially a "girls gone wild" video?

I don't want to say too much about this, because I want some discourse, but there are two other things to consider when thinking about this video:

1. She was clearly at the club (she mentions it in the video) to participate in the competition for "best coconuts"...

2. (and there's no way you could tell this from the manipulated video) she had safety pinned to the front of her tank top in the punk style the following quote:

"Imagination is more important than knowledge"
- Albert Einstein

-which is never mentioned in the video. It *is* possible that my friends mentioned it before filming, but I have a feeling no one looking at her actually *saw* the quote.

For some reason (and not the reason you might think) this video is really fascinating to me. Please let me know what you think.


Posted by mandra at February 25, 2004 03:31 AM | TrackBack

Mmmm... Ben and Jerry's Coconut Nipple Ripple: "Just like Mom used to make! (R)(TM) " Made with fresh heavy cream and... no, I don't believe those are strawberries... (I wonder: how cold do those things have to get before they dispense properly?)

OK, sorry: you wanted meaningful comments, right? To bring things back to at least the appearance of dignity: isn't she contradicting the Einstein quote every time she raises her shirt?

I don't think there's anything too graphic about the video; nor do I think there are any nasty empowerment issues lurking in it, other than the power of a pair of boobs to turn two intelligent men into... um... a pair of boobs.

No, really: I think there's a near-universal appeal to a nice, round, bouyant pair o' tits, and I think the appeal has only a little to do with sexual attraction. They're designed to be appealing not only to potential mates, but also to children as their source of food and comfort (until the kids get to the solid-food stage, of course; after that, breasts become "obscene"... just ask the FCC!). And they make such splendid metaphors ("I suck the breasts of Beethoven's developmentalism!" -- Sol Epstein). So: what's not to celebrate?

Posted by: Tom Laughlin on March 2, 2004 12:15 PM
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