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Monday, July 17, 2021

I’ve never, in my life, bought a copy of Harper’s Bazaar. A 35-year-old hetero male not buying a women’s mag — go figure.

But this morning, when I saw the cover of the brand-new August issue, with that Britney Spears as latter-day nude-and-pregnant Demi Moore pose, I couldn’t resist. I just had to stop at the displaying newsstand — one I never stop at, as I opt to make most of my purchases at one closer to my office — and, in a near-hypnotic state, requested the copy of Harper’s. Three dollars and change later, I had the hard copy in my hot little hands.

Right now, the magazine is sitting on my desk. I’ve yet to crack it open. Sure, I’ve already seen the nearly-naked photospread, and read the gist of the interview. So the urgency certainly isn’t there.

But beyond that, the cover image itself is just so hard to get past. Like I said last time: The blend of absurdity and titillation leaves me unnerved.

Anyway, I’m sure the Hearst Corporation will be pleased to know that, Internet preview notwithstanding, they succeeded in getting me to open my wallet.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 07/17/2006 06:21:22 PM
Category: Celebrity, Publishing, Women
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deep-down dirty clean
I snapped this picture of a package of Ultra Slut Body Detergent ages ago; when I saw it sitting on the store shelf in some hipster boutique, I just couldn’t resist.

It languished on my hard drive ever since. I wanted to post it on this blog, but just couldn’t figure out the proper context.

Wait, and ye shall receive. A New York Times examination of the evolution of the term “slut” into a sort of badge of bad-girl honor fits the ticket nicely.

“Slut’’ is tossed around so often and so casually that many teenagers use it affectionately and in jest among their friends, even incorporating it into their instant messenger screen names.

Like “queer” and “pimp” before it, the word slut seems to be moving away from its meaning as a slur. Or is it?

“It’s definitely a term of familiarity with teens,” said Karell Roxas, a senior editor at Gurl.com, a Web site that addresses issues that affect teenagers. “They’ll say ‘Hi, slut!’ the way my generation would say ‘Hi, chick!’ or ‘Hi, dawg!’”

It’s logical to think that widespread use of a term would serve to defuse it. Then again, I say “fuck” an awful lot, and I don’t detect a higher level of acceptance…

A while back, an acquaintence found some bar-hopping success by shouting the phrase, “You dirty whore!” in public, toward the female members of his social circle. It was taken as a camaraderie joke among equals, but the derogatory edge gave it added punch. The brash shock value impressed me, as did its success. I wasn’t ballsy enough to try it, and indeed, you’d have to be pretty rock-solid sure that you had targeted the right kind of crowd before unleashing it; the backlash for guessing wrong wouldn’t be pretty.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 07/17/2006 08:17:39 AM
Category: Comedy, Creative, Women
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