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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Her pretty little head

I read a thought provoking article on the Daily Dot about socially tolerated unwanted touching, such as the sort Joe Biden has been photographed doing of late:

The article refers to it as an act of public sexual harassment. I don't disagree. This sort of touching isn't appropriate when a man does it to a woman or when a woman does it to a man.
But the Daily Dot article then goes on to talk about John Travolta's Oscar night antics. First, it talks about the bizarre on-stage moment when he gropes Idena Menzel's face pretty much apropos of nothing.

Okay, so that was weird as hell. Both Menzel and Travolta claim the moment was scripted, although scripted by whom, exactly? The director of the Hello music video trying to relive their former glory, perhaps? 

Oh, I get it... Travolta was just learning her face so he could do this...

...which you must admit is a way better likeness than this...
In the artist's defense, she was blind.
And also didn't grope Ritche's face for nearly as long
as Travolta groped Menzel's

But I digress more than usual. The Daily Dot article went on to talk about Travolta's earlier creepy uncle move with Scarlett Johansson on the red carpet.

Sure, looks, bad. But then the Daily Dot article goes on to completely dismiss Johansson's response, in which she says: 
There is nothing strange, creepy or inappropriate about John Travolta. The image that is circulating is an unfortunate still-frame from a live-action encounter that was very sweet and totally welcome.
That still photo does not reflect what preceded and followed if you see the moment live. Yet another way we are misguided, misinformed and sensationalized by the 24-hour news cycle. I haven't seen John in some years and it is always a pleasure to be greeted by him.
The Daily Dot article claims she's just being a good sport, which ironically, considering the subject matter, is a pretty sexist thing to do. In tossing aside Johansson's explanation, author Nico Lang is squashing Johasson's free agency, deciding for her that her words count for nothing, that a grown and very intelligent woman isn't capable of knowing whether a touch was or wasn't consensual. Johansson is saying yes when she means no, and it is up to men like Nico Lang to decide for her what she really means.

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