What is it with straight guys?
I mean really.
We were travelling down the highway headed back up to Canada when an old VW van pulls onto the interstate just ahead of us. Joe pulled over to pass it and I asked him to stay behind for just a second. The van had a mural painted on the back, it looked like it might have cost more than the old van itself, it certainly used a lot of paint.
There were three women in the mural and they all had those breasts that were so big they just looked swollen. They all had pouty little girl faces with cherry red lips and huge doe eyes. They wore clothing that was impossibly tight over bodies that were geometrically impossible.
But that's not what caught my eye. Not even close. Who hasn't seen similar murals on similar vans. Who hasn't seen those women with breasts that point west on the back of truck mudflaps? So it wasn't that. What was ... um what's the word ... interesting, was that the women were all disabled. One of them had an amputated leg, one had dark glasses and a white cane and one was in a wheelchair. All of them had busts that looked like dirigibles and all of them were quite obviously disabled in some fashion.
I didn't know what to think.
I mean I think those kinds of murals are just plain weird. Don't the guys who drive these cars have wives and daughters ... or at least mothers? Isn't it a bit assaultive to thrust images of women with breasts so big that they are affected by the phases of the moon upon innocent passers by? So, in general, ICK. The objectification of women, the infantile focus on breasts over brain, I get. Double ICK.
But it bothered me that these women's disability bothered me. Why shouldn't women with disabilities also be seen as flagrently sexual beings? Why should disabled women be excempted from the lusty gaze of men? I wonder if disabled women might be disgusted at the mural, or would some feel at last included - albeit in the sticky floored world of male fantasy.
So, a Chewing the Fat poll ...
what say you about the mural. Beyond this kind of art being weird - what say you about three disabled women on a sexy mural with breasts that would keep them afloat in even the largest ocean?