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SuicideGirls Live Burlesque Review

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Sep. 16th, 2006 | 02:47 pm

On BoingBoing's recommendation, I attended the SuicideGirls Burlesque.

I was expecting something that was consciously neofeminist – Germaine Greer, Camille Paglia, that sort of thing.

I had hoped for bloggers who strip.

Instead, I found strippers who blog.

The venue was seedy. The floor, sticky. I hoped it was beer.

In the audience were a number of San Francisco males in their twenties and thirties. They were there because of BoingBoing. You could tell because they were dressed in identical black t-shirts all from ThinkGeek.

Also present were San Francisco males in their thirties and forties. They were there for the show. Every time the stage gained more anatomically correct body parts, they hooted and hollered.

The "girl next door" porn plot has been a standard male fantasy forever.

SuicideGirls has merely updated that plot: the girl next door is now a lost angsty bisexual goth chick who blogs. But she'll still dress up for you and get naked if you pay her. Twenty years later I wager she'll say, "oh, I don't like to talk about that part of my life. I can't believe I used to do all that."

Of women in the audience there were two types.

The majority looked uncomfortable; they had stony expressions, that said "I can't believe I let my boyfriend talk me into this."

A minority, near the stage, looked like they had SG memberships; they probably were friends with the performers. When they cheered, they weren't cheering for sex-positive feminism; they were cheering for a particular performer who they were probably roommates or lovers or friends with. But then, the personal is political, so what do I know.

SuicideGirls is a contemporary lifestyle brand. Combining the DIY attitude of underground culture with a vibrant, sex positive community of women (and men), the company was founded on the belief that creativity, personality and intelligence are not incompatible with sexy, compelling entertainment, and millions of people agree. The site mixes the smarts, enthusiasm and DIY attitude of the best music and alternative culture sites with an unapologetic, grassroots approach to sexuality.

In the same way Playboy Magazine became a beacon and guide to the swinging bachelor of the 1960s, SuicideGirls is at the forefront of a generation of young women and men whose ideals about sexuality do not conform with what mainstream media is reporting.


I call bullshit. I'm with Pamela Paul on this one. Porn is porn.

I did get to catch the "Napoleon Dynamite" dance. When the curly black wig came off and a shock of blond hair fell across her shoulders, something in my head went:

Sep 15 23:15:04 mengwong mind.primate.mating: subject=dancer; hotness=7.1
Sep 15 23:15:05 mengwong mind.primate.mating: subject=dancer; hotness=7.3
Sep 15 23:15:06 mengwong mind.primate.mating: subject=dancer; hotness=7.2
Sep 15 23:15:07 mengwong mind.primate.mating: subject=dancer; hotness=10.0
Sep 15 23:15:08 mengwong mind.primate.mating: subject=dancer; hotness=10.0
Sep 15 23:15:09 mengwong mind.primate.mating: subject=dancer; hotness=10.0


It's amazing how shallow we men are.

On the whole, I got more out of BoingBoing's other recommendation. I read it this morning at Richard's place. Great stuff. I recommend it.

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from: anonymous
date: Sep. 17th, 2006 04:22 am (UTC)
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"Sep 15 23:15:04 mengwong mind.primate.mating: subject=dancer; hotness=7.1"

Laugh out loud!

I have perused the Suicide Girls Web site at great length; I find nothing appealing about the misleading culture it's trying to sell me.

"Porn is porn."

*nod*

Also: am I wrong, or is the "girl next door" thing just a symptom of the madonna-whore complex?

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from: mengwong
date: Sep. 17th, 2006 06:48 am (UTC)
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I don't know. I will let you know after I have watched the 2004 Elisha Cuthbert vehicle The Girl Next Door. It is currently at position 420 in my queue.

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Dear god, no!

from: anonymous
date: Sep. 24th, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
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M and I watched about 3 minutes of that movie before we decide it sucked ass. Suggest you remove from queue promptly. If it hadn't been a netflix rental, I would have transformed it into prismatic shards on my driveway...

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from: selena_kyle
date: Sep. 17th, 2006 07:20 am (UTC)
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I did get to catch the "Napoleon Dynamite" dance. When the curly black wig came off and a shock of blond hair fell across her shoulders, something in my head went:

Sep 15 23:15:04 mengwong mind.primate.mating: subject=dancer; hotness=7.1
Sep 15 23:15:07 mengwong mind.primate.mating: subject=dancer; hotness=10.0


Shallow? Sometimes. Predictable? Of course. Here's what I was thinking as I watched that clip (courtesy of the suicide girls myspace page and youtube)
- I don't think that dance is hot, even when a hot girl is doing it.
- That dance is not hot.
- Omg, this is painful.
- Didn't that girl used to have pink hair?*
- I thought she was going to strip?? Lame!

So the most interesting part of that dance to me is that the dancer in question used to have BRIght! PINK! HAIR! -- she looked like a porn-y rainbow brite doll of some kind. And she was an alterna-herd nudie pinup chick. On a site that rejects the "often tanned, silicone-enhanced, bleached-blondes of stereotypical pornography" quote from the Wikipedia page on SG. And now, now that she has made this thing her living, now she's blonde. Hmmm. Bleached blonde. But not stereotypical? LAME!

I have nothing against blondes or girls with pink hair OR with girls that think its hot to do the Napoleon Dynamite dance. But I do think its lame to be an anti-traditional-porn-poser when you are in mainstream porn. Also: Burlesque is sexy, but non sexy things, even when they involve nakedness, are not sexy, even if they pretend they are a quasi-cousin of burlesque.

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My worst fears are confirmed

from: mengwong
date: Sep. 17th, 2006 08:56 am (UTC)
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Aha! SG really is Gothsploitation after all: Wired says so, and there's even an SG LJ community with a FAQ.

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