The Hollywood Golden Sex Awards

A recent TV drama described the long, bitter feud between Hollywood sirens Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. It showed  in gory detail their creative struggle with each other and the heartless Hollywood studios who owned them. According to the story, Bette won because she had raw talent whilst Crawford only ever had looks.

Bette was a plain, skinny little thing and struggled mightily to get the lascivious movie moguls to cast her and years before they gave her anything worthy of her  but she managed to gain respect through sheer force of talent on stage and screen. Poor Joan, when her looks faded, was left with dust and ashes, and the Pepsi company after she married its founder.

Incredibly, after nearly sixty years of feminism, if they were starting out as actresses today their fates would be reversed; Joan would  be the winner and Bette would get nowhere. Looking at the line up of winning women gathered  this week  for the Hollywood Golden Globe Awards,  what was striking was how they all looked so alike, more like humanoid robots than expressive artists, and almost all  could have been fashion models. The exception being Christina Hendricks, shorter and rounder, mainly famous since her role in the TV series, Mad Men, set in the 1950’s, for her bra size.

Despite swapping the word actress for the harder edged, ‘Actor’ to be a success on stage or screen now, all a woman needs are very good looks. Pulchritude is seen in Hollywood as a sign of virtue, and feminine behaviour must be visibly sweet too. Gone are the days of strange, cold Garbo,  awoman who was distinctly uninviting. The androgynous and challenging Katherine Hepburn, and  cool, self contained Lauren Bacall.

Sadly Hollywood casting culture arrived at the BBC sometime ago. It was most obvious this Christmas in the BBC version of Little Women. The March girls were all pretty and feeble, lacking the zest and independence shown in the Hollywood versions of the 40s and 50s.

If Dames Judi Dench or Eileen Atkins were starting out now, it’s doubtful they would get very far.  Miriam Margolyes might have been good as the first female  Dr Who, a parallel to crusty old William Hartnell, the first male Doctor, but of course the Tardis will be occupied by a  beautiful young girl.

The boney women lined up for the Golden Globes were famously decked out in black as part of the ‘Me Too’ protest against lascivious movie moguls. They are quite rightly uncomfortable at being molested by men in power, but they must know that globalised money has trumped feminism in Hollywood, and they are integral to that. They are only too happy to work in an environment where their looks not their ability are the commodity for sale. ‘Lookism’ has made them winners, but the down side to that is the type of men attracted to work in Hollywood who are chiefly interested in money and sex. It’s a bit like complaining about estate agents and bankers. Unfortunately the women’s discontent with their world has fed into the new feminism, which equates all sexual activity from men with abuse of power and sin against womankind.

(It’s white men who are up for censure of course, the abusive practises of those from minorities are never mentioned. Saint Oprah Winfrey speaking at the Golden Globes, managed to turn the whole event into a lecture about abuse suffered by her minority at the hands of white people in the 1950s. The beautiful women in black applauded wildly, not even noticing that their own identity issue had been hi-jacked. )

Throughout 2017 famous white men and their careers were cast aside like casting couch lingerie, destroyed by accusations of past sins. But now there has been an unexpected check to this Puritan hysteria from across the Atlantic. Esteemed but ancient actress Catherine Deneuve, supported by a hundred French actresses, declares that French luvvies strongly reject this, ‘hatred of men’ and refuse to take part in ‘public lynching.’

Across the channel in Paris where people have always flagrantly enjoyed sex without guilt, they have been observing how easily America and its UK bed fellow have come to equate a hand on the knee with rape. Journalist Anne-Elizabeth Moutet, speaking on the BBC Today Programme, identified, ‘A new wave of Puritanism,’ and points out that a man asking a woman out for dinner, or sex, however clumsily he does it, is not committing an act of violence. With Gallic coolness she also remarked that in America everything is seen as black or white, while in France they still have nuance. That might even be a French word.

The French are riding to the rescue of free thinking, decadent conservatives, who mistrust hysterical social dogma. Moutet says the new moral panic from feminists is, ‘destroying the ambiguity, charm and difficulty of relations between men and women.’

Her words sum up the difference between the Hollywood and the French cinema, America and old Europe; she described how she was sexually assaulted on a bus when she was thirteen, but she does not consider herself traumatised or a victim. She said she’d dealt with similar situations since  by calling out loudly,’That’s enough mister!’

Strangely, French women  from a Catholic culture who’ve never had the economic or cultural independence of their American sisters, who didn’t get the vote until 1948, refuse to see themselves as victims and believe they are equal to men, at least in sexual matters. Unlike their sisters in the US and the UK they are confident in their role as women. Their culture suddenly seems infinitely more grown up and sensible than ours, and better suited to a future when men and women must learn to respect each other within the context of this greedy, globalised world.©





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10 Comments on The Hollywood Golden Sex Awards

  1. Ancient Briton
    Thanks for voicing the great taboo.Thegreatones have left us, we all know this but to ward off despair,refrain from thinking too much about it.
    Gladstone’s Budget speeches lasted for three hours and they listened.
    Speaking of Gary Cooper, whatever happened to the strong, silent man?

  2. The impudicité en noir was an exemplar of the anti-erotic that always been Hollywood, and afflicts most of cinema. The apple did not fall far from the tree. How could it ?

    The French rebuttal, vive la difference and all that, agreed, a word or a touch is not rape nor need it be an abuse of power.

    Yet, to touch or speak in a way that amounts to an advance is a violation of chastity. It is a sin, and so a breach of charity, and of a certain trust. If one is interested in someone, there is a perfectly pure (and un-puritanical) way to make this known. Chrétien de Troyes wrote several essaies on this. Eros is really the desire for the perfect, as Plato strives to convince the Sophist. Or, as a later writer put it, charity dealeth not perversely … seeketh not her own … rejoiceth with the truth … the woman is the glory of the man … .

    Soyez courtois, et preu et largue, et honnorable !

    Be ye perfect.

  3. Sadly it isn’t just the women who’ve become homogenized conformist eye candy for teenagers.
    Putting aside the dearth of stars like Clark Gable, John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and Gary Cooper, where are the character actors who brought intelligence and humour to the screen.
    Where is today’s Bogart, Victor McLaglen, James Cagney, George Raft,or the incomparable Edward G Robinson ?

    It isn’t clear to me if it was television that killed off the intelligent film, as the grown-ups stayed at home, making cinema an entertainment just for teenagers, or was the decline in Hollywood no more than a reflection of the rapid cultural decay in America between the 1940s and the Vietnam generation.

    Modern films seem to be just fantasies for teenagers.

    For me at least, the Golden Age of Hollywood died in 1973 when John Ford passed away. What’s left is but a conformist, politically correct, shadow of what went before. Ford would be ashamed.

  4. Things’re bad alright.
    Let’s see how it all is playing in 12 months time.
    Mr Trump’s description of African countries this week, coming as they do with other choice observation he makes, and the bigger themes/groundswell that bought him to office, just might be a signal that the jig is up for the PC, virtue-signalling, immature/fake “humanitarian” etc Mob that has ruled public discourse over the past several decades.
    I’d add: There are many such signals throughout Europe and even little Australia. Things are coming to some kind of head/breakpoint, I think.

  5. The whole sexual harassment story arose because Hollywood trash who had openly used sex to advance their careers, suddenly decided on reaching middle age and a degree of prosperity, that they had been respectable ladies all along.

    Funny how your memory can play tricks on you.

    A certain type of woman has been courting and seducing Kings, Princes, Millionaires and other powerful men since the dawn of time; they just didn’t claim to be virtuous whilst doing it. The French have always been notoriously relaxed about this sort of thing.

    In America now, even courtesans have to signal victimhood.

  6. “The boney women lined up for the Golden Globes were famously decked out in black as part of the ‘Me Too’ protest against lascivious movie moguls. They are quite rightly uncomfortable at being molested by men in power,”

    Parading luvvies shouting withinin their virtue-signalling validation echo chambers really doesn’t interest me at all. However, my wife likes to look at what the rich and famous wear.

    She showed me some photos. The volume of skin revealed in the form of breasts, thighs and other bits of the female anatomy far eclipsed anything they were “decked out” in.

    There is a price to pay for selling one’s soul to the devil for fame and brightly coloured baubles.

    Ah, Oprah Winfrey. She of the well-documented, televised remark that “older white people should just die” !!!!!