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Watch Out If You Are 40 and Not a Size 2!!

Jenny McCarthy created a buzz on the Internet. Its ripples will be felt adversely by other women her age. See how.

Jenny McCarthy knows how to get attention. And boy, does she get it! She has been on the 'trending now' list on Yahoo online for a few days now, creating a buzz for posing nude on the cover of the Playboy magazine.

It may not be a big deal that she is a gorgeous, almost-40 posing nude. Her being a mother has nothing to do with it. But two things irk me. The article says that according to Jenny, women tell her that she is on their husbands’ list (of women they would choose “to be with” if allowed) and that she called the cover page a “Salute to the MILFs.” A salute??? MILF??? I wouldn’t even explain the term (which I myself learnt about just now) for fear that the younger readers would read it.

To me, the whole incident is a creation of false impressions, expectations and devaluation of women, especially those in their 40s and above. As Julienne Shepherd writes in Afternet, which 40-year-old woman with a full-time career, children and other responsibilities has the time and money to focus entirely on themselves? Besides, in this ”look young and desirable till you die” age, it puts tremendous pressure on women and instead of being able to age gracefully, they are pressured into feeling old, haggard and undesirable.

I will come back to the women and their husbands’ list in another blog someday, but the “Salute to the MILF” crosses all the barriers of respect, relationships, societal norms by totally objectifying women. As I was mentioning this to a psychologist friend of mine who is herself in her 40s, she told me that last week while she was at a pub waiting for her girlfriends, a younger guy hit on her. When she chided him and reminded him that she was old enough to be his mother, he said yes, she was an “MILF” and would she go out with him?

Call me old fashioned, but if these barriers of age, relationships and respect are broken, no child will be safe. No young girl or young boy will be safe.  Think about it.

What do you think?

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Westfield guy July 03, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I think its great that she's almost 40 and looks the way she does ! Shows an intelligence that your body is your temple and should be treated that way. Shows a high level of discipline and accomplishment (great role model for young women) We need to take great pride in women like this. Great Job Jenny !!
Levon July 03, 2012 at 01:24 PM
What do I think? I think that taking the premise of a 40 year old posing nude in a magazine and 4 small paragraphs later extrapolating that into sexual predators coming after our children is nuts.
Monk July 03, 2012 at 05:18 PM
So, are you actually calling for stricter morals? Liberals have told practicing Christians where to stick their morals. This is the result.
Yvonne Justice July 04, 2012 at 02:06 AM
One of the issues that concerns me is the objectification of women. Who decides how a woman should look, how much should she weigh and what her measurements should be. Not everybody is built equally. The 36-26-36 model is an offensive, antiquated male creation. Such parameters put a lot of stress on women, a majority of whom do not match up to them. This also creates a lot of stress and insecurities in young girls, wreaking havoc on their self-esteem. I would have preferred to read about Jenny's work in the field of Autism or as an author. My other concern is the breakdown of the sanctity of certain very pure relationships, not morals. MILF - It again objectifies, rather nullifies, women, their status as mothers and overall, as women. In my opinion, such breakdown is detrimental to society in general.
Monk July 04, 2012 at 11:48 AM
That's fine, but Christians have this covered ... for millennia. Virtues and morals by any other names are still virtues and morals. Modesty, chastity and humility don't sell magazines or reality television, but they nurture the pure relationships and respectful society you mourn the loss of. I merely wanted to point out the destructiveness of liberalism which tolerates and often promotes so many perversions. In response to your question, "Who decides ...?" That's a great question. Again, religious folk have this covered. If people will not accept that there is moral authority, then there can be little hope for a civil society.

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