Demonds in the Rough

Demond in the Rough/Gender Gappers

It took an all out campaign led by Assistant Professor Sabrena Parton at Kennesaw State University to get a doll pulled from Wal-Mart (a "god & family values" store) TOY shelves.  It had been modeled after Al Snow, a wrestler who carries a female mannequin's head into the ring.

The doll that the Rychus Ones of Wal-Mart thought suitable for children comes with a woman's head with "Help me" scrawled backwards across her forehead.  Jim Byrne, W.W.F. V.P. defended the doll.  "This is the first complaint we've had about the TOY.  Al Snow's act with the mannequin head is a silly as it gets -- loads of fun."

Parton commented, "What kind of a message would this TOY send children about the brutalization of women?"

'Gappers can answer that one, Dr. Parton.The message of that TOY says that it is not only O.K. but it is really funny to brutalize women.

We are seeing and hearing more and more definitive proof of how much threats, overt and covert, affect what women choose to do or how to act.

Author and psychologist Polly Young- Eisendrath writes that certain images of women, such as MUSE or BITCH might trap her and restrict her ability to become an autonomous and whole person.

Her latest book, Women and Desire: Beyond Wanting to be Wanted (Harmony Books), suggest ways that women can free themselves of the bind between who they think they should be (and appear to be) and who they want to be and are.

"The heart and truth about female beauty is that it has been under the domination of male power and fantasy for far too long.  It has produced all kinds of suffering and misery," she writes.

When women DO start to define themselves one of the first things they realize is how they have enslaved and degraded themselves to this male power and fantasy.

That doll ("action figure") may have been removed from the TOY shops, but children watch wrestling too.