I found that essence rare

The Cramps: Bikini Girls With Machine Guns ; (c) Lux Interior

The Cramps: Bikini Girls With Machine Guns. (c) Lux Interior

Your Body Is A Battleground (c) Barbara Kruger

Your Body Is A Battleground (c) Barbara Kruger

“Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. This determines not only most relations between men and women but also the relation of women to themselves….” (Berger). So is the image used on the cover of The Cramps 1990 single “Bikini Girls With Machine Guns”, and the plethora of scantily clad women in the accompanying video indicative of the process of objectification of women …or is it just postmodern irony at its most arch?

“The juxtaposition of this image with  Barbara Kruger’s “Your Body Is A Battleground” which  superimposes  “the disembodied voice of patriarchal authority (expressed in bold face type)”  (Solomon-Godeau) with a ‘found’ image provides a counter representation of women from a feminist perspective. Similarly the work of Cindy Sherman’s ‘masquerades’ continue to explore the representation of women in popular culture. The construction of ‘woman-as- image’ is dominant in her photographs. Her works in colour, such as Centerfolds (1981) and Fashion (1983-4), explore themes of voyeurism and fantasy from a feminist perspective.

Two swallows don’t make a summer, (sic), so you need to follow this link for a broader understanding of the feminist perspective. See also an earlier post Making The Invisible Visible.

Final word however to the Gang Of Four

Aim for the body rare, you’ll see it on TV

The worst thing in 1954 was the Bikini

See the girl on the TV dressed in a Bikini

She doesn’t think so, but she’s dressed for the H-bomb…

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