Miss Bimbo: Here’s Your Throat Punch

miss bimbo logoI’m in awe of how far we stoop as girls, as women, and as people in general for a little attention. I mean, could we set the bar any lower for our children? This website, called Miss Bimbo, in my opinion, is one of the lowest of the low.

So I’m writing this post in response Kristin’s post over at Ten to Twenty Parenting. Her challenge, in conjunction with The Truth About Motherhood’s Throat Punch Thursday Series, is to band together to respond to this hideous display, presented to our youth, in the name of fun and fashion.

Dictionary.com defines “bimbo” as:

1. A foolish, stupid, or inept person.

2. A man or fellow, often a disreputable or contemptible one.

3. An attractive but stupid young woman, especially one with loose morals.

Does this sound like something you strive to be? More importantly, does it sound like something you would like your daughter to strive to be? Don’t have a daughter? Don’t fret, your son can become a “himbo!” W.T.F.

On this “fashion game” website, which boasts “2,865,250 registered Bimbos,” our daughters – and our sons – can create their own provocative images of themselves. They can dress themselves up however they want. They can wear as much or as little as they want. They can be bimbos and himbos!

Got a little bit of a mean streak in you? COOL! Because you can learn to fight cyber-style in duels. I don’t even know what that is because I felt dirty creating a profile so I could find out, but based on some of the comments I saw from users who had been in a duel, it’s what you would expect in this era of bullying and perpetuation of hate, fear, and negative self-worth.

So this is my message to the creator of this website. My throat punch, if you will:

If you want to identify as a bimbo that is your business. But promoting devaluing yourself to our and daughters (and sons) is just insulting, and a way for you to feel good about yourself. You are not building self-esteem. You are not building character. You are not providing an outlet for young people who love fashion. You are promoting the devaluation of our young, and perpetuating bullying, hate, and negative self-value. Somehow you missed the lesson on how good looks and knowing how to cat-fight don’t make the woman.  Or girl. Or boy. Or man.

Further, you are providing yet another forum where our daughters can post provocative images of, and personal information about themselves for the world to see. YOU ARE PROVIDING A PLATFORM WHERE THEY CAN PUT THEMSELVES IN DANGER.

You have a forum where you could actually do good. You could have real conversations about fashion and self-esteem, and make positive impressions. But instead you choose to perpetuate the hate and negativity that is plaguing our youth. Wow. Don’t you feel so good about yourself right now? Probably, because none of these girls actually matter to you, other than they give you a few minutes of fame in the cyber-spotlight.

Did you really need to prove to the world you are a bimbo by putting others in emotional and physical danger? Congrats. Here’s your tiara.

Some final thoughts.

Believe it or not, in the name of feminism, I struggled with whether or not to write this post. I felt like the only way to write it would be to agree with the website owner that she is, in fact, a bimbo. And even though we have all done it, whether we will admit it or not, I’m trying not to judge women by their appearance or intellectual (in)capabilities.

On the other hand, the website owner hits right in the heart of my feminism. To me, part of feminism is being able to reclaim what once was offensive, oppressive, and/or objectifying. I don’t feel like I can assume she is doing that, though. So, while I think it’s fine for her to feel like or be a bimbo, and I think it’s okay for me to agree with her, I’m pissed that she’s presenting this as an option for my kids. Our kids. This woman is objectifying and oppressing them in the name of fun and fashion, and that is a no-no go-go. And so I wrote.

A note to parents:

Please keep and help keep your kids safe on the internet. None of this would matter if we would all pitch in and do our jobs.

What do you think? Would you be okay with your kid being a member of a site like this?

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Elaine GriffinElaine Griffin (a.k.a. Laine) is a freelance WordPress designer, content creator, and speaker. She brings her background as a sociologist, advocate, and educator, to her work and her writing, which has been featured on BlogHer and The SITS Girls. On The Laine List she spills her guts about life, motherhood, and balancing work and family. She also sprinkles in some fun recipe and cocktail posts. On Elaine Griffin Designs, she writes easy to follow tutorials about WordPress, social media, SEO, and blogging.
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Comments

  1. Hell no, I won’t be okay with her on it. I’m not okay with ANYONE being on it!

  2. Hell no again! Luckily I have a daughter who steers clear of online everything. She barely likes having an email address and would prefer I keep her pics off my facebook page. Good on her! But not many kids are like that. Excellent post – I’m with you 100%.

    • WOW – you are lucky!! Good for her to make those great choices. I guess the online world isn’t for everyone.

  3. An excellent post! Thank you so much for sharing your perspective. I, too, had so many conflicting thoughts as I was reading and writing my own Throatpunch response and I appreciate the nails you hit that I didn’t have space for myself.

  4. Wow. Just wow. I read this after I had just read an article by Ashley Judd in which she blisteringly responds to media outlets that have bashed her because her face is somewhat puffy. She also, but not as eloquently as you, rails against the objectification and hatred of women and girls that exist in our culture.The women in my mother’s and my generations tried so hard to eradicate those things and to make a society where our girls could be strong and safe. But, I’m afraid that, like other civil rights movements, it will never be totally accomplished.

  5. Good Blog! There’s a movie out that deals with this issue of the sexual objectification of women, entitled MissRepresentation. Powerful stuff. It was offered in town by a women’s group. We may need to ignite a new wave of feminism aimed at women’s self-respect.

  6. WOW! No, I would not be cool with my daughter signing up for that site. How could ANYONE think that’s a good idea?!?! Too many people write this crap off as ‘dark humour’ or ‘harmless satire’ or similarly condescending bullshit. We don’t need any more venues in which to devalue our girls.

    • You are right, we don’t need to devalue our girls anymore. I’m thinking of putting together a master list of positive influences on the internet. Stay tuned!

  7. That site sounds so ridiculous I can’t even believe it- it’s up there with the Pro-Ana sites that advocate Anorexia is a choice and not a sickness while encouraging young girls to not eat, over-exercise,etc to be thin. The stupidity abounds.

    • OMG, I can’t even freaking handle that Tricia! There is so much out there I don’t want to know about.

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