Hey Carmel Pinecone, f you, f you from me, from every other woman, from every parent who lives there and lets their child read this print newspaper, from every human in the world who understands that calling or referring to women as “sluts” is lame and offensive and sexist and derogratory and incredibly stupid. I am not allowed to use the word “fuck” in headlines, per my bosses, or else I would have just headlined this article “Fuck You Pinecone.” This weekend we were talking with our two youngest kids and my daughter asked me:
Mom, am I a feminist?
And I asked her:
“What is a feminist?”
And she replied:
It’s a lady who is also a woman who believes things. Wait, what is a feminist?
So I explained, in young kid terminology, what feminism means and how that the basic idea is that men and women should be treated as equals. My daughter interrupted me:
Mom, I am a feminist!
And my son interrupted her:
Mom, I am a feminist! I can be a feminist too!
And yeah, excellent, two new feminists in the world and then I have to wake up and read bullshit like this from a local newspaper in one of the wealthiest parts of California, where you would assume that due to privilege and income per capita and college degree statistics that the people there would know better than this. But no. From the Daily Mail:
The local newspaper in an affluent Pacific-coast town has caused a huge legal row after appearing to label models at a private lingerie fashion show ‘sluts’.
Reporting the opposition of one local resident, The Carmel Pine Cone printed the word in bold, capital letters directly above a photograph of the girls of Racey Promotions.
Lawyers for the PR firm are claiming damages and that the group photograph used by the newspaper included two girls, aged 17 and 18, who were not even present on the evening of the $50 show which took place at a local restaurant on Thursday.
So not only did the newspaper call this group of women “sluts”, they also referred to 17 and 18-year-old women as sluts. Who are in high school. Who claimed that due to this they were bullied in school. Classy. Keep it classy, Carmel.
The controversy began when flyers for a private tequila and lingerie fashion show at the Californian towns Vesuvio eaterie came to the attention of Carmel resident Carolyn Hardy.
Outraged, she urged the city council to ban the event in the exclusive town, which is famous for its arts community and Clint Eastwood, who was mayor from 1986 to 1988 and still has a home in the area.
Hardy wanted the scantily clad models stopped because she believed the risque show would damage the reputation of the town and she labeled the models as ‘sluts’ and ‘whores’.
‘You might mistake them for sluts and whores in their black thigh-high boots, little black dresses abundantly overflowing with chest,’ said Hardy according to KSBW.
The women in the photograph that was taken was from a totally different Christmas charity event, and not all of the woman photographed would be at the tequila event. The newspaper printed the word “SLUTS” in bold, capital letters just above the photo to direct readers to continue reading on a following page. The story had “SLUTS” at the top of the jump page. The lawsuit has been filed in part because of bullying fears due to the fact that some of these “sluts” are still in high school.
It’s just so lame. How can us parents who are trying to teach our kids about feminism and treating people with respect and that all people should be treated equal fight the good fight when newspapers can refer to women as sluts? The event was at a bar, for adults, and it didn’t even need to be reported in the newspaper with this slutty headline. If the Pinecone wants to hire me to come and explain feminism to them like I did to my school-aged children this weekend, I will be happy to. Maybe then they can understand why we don’t call women “sluts.”