On the Rampage: Stop Using Feminism To Justify Your Ego Boost
Last weekend, Rosanna Davison exclusively told the Sunday Independent that she ‘can’t stand stereotyping and labelling’, declaring “I’d much rather be a non-conformist than live my life based on what others expect of me”.
Last week, the Irish corner of the internet was splattered with opinions on Davison’s decision to pose for German Playboy. Apparently, Chris de Burgh is big in Germany and while most of them probably had zero idea who Rosanna Davison was until her gravity-defying breasts were featured on the front of the infamous magazine, the German population was apparently jazzed to oogle de Burgh’s daughter’s goodies. A former beauty pageant winner posing provocatively for Playboy – oh yeah, that’s the textbook definition of non-conformist.
Why, Rosanna? Playboy is where women attempting to boost faltering careers or garner some media attention go for one last hurrah. Davison never really had a career that could falter, so was she just feeling particularly needy? Apparently not. According to The Sunday Times, Davison said that she felt a responsibility towards other women and regarded the shoot as “more of a celebration of woman’s body – it’s nothing to be embarrassed about, nothing to hide”. Well it’s refreshing to know that I have Rosanna waving her breasts at a camera for my benefit. Now that I think about it, I actually do feel liberated. Shhhhh, listen. Is that social equality I hear coming? Oh my God, Rosanna, you’ve cured society! There’s no need for feminism anymore – Rosanna Davison saved womankind… with her boobies… while straddling a horse.
The girl paraded around on stage in beachwear and we’re to believe that she was crippled by insecurity? And that Playboy made that better?
Davison has a degree in sociology. I’m not an expert in the field, but I’m fairly certain that gender roles and gender equality is probably something she would have covered in her many hours spent attaining an Arts degree from UCD. So how can she claim that she ‘was empowered by doing it’? Has she cracked open a history book EVER?
I don’t particularly care if a woman decides to strip off and pose for a magazine that teenage boys can explore their bodies over. If it’s what she wants to do, and it makes her feel wanted or pretty, or simply boosts her bank account, then fine. Who am I to judge?
But don’t – don’t you dare – claim you’re doing it for other women or for empowerment or equality or whatever rubbish you’re spouting off about. That is complete BS and shame on Rosanna for hiding behind such an important issue. She might think it’s a harmless justification for the ego boost she needed, but all she’s doing is hurting the cause. Women (and men, it should be said) fight for equality so that we can be paid the same, be given the same respect, afforded the same opportunities - not so that we can strip off in public without being called sluts.
If Rosanna actually wants to help women, how about putting a jumper on and hauling herself to a domestic abuse shelter or the Rape Crisis Centre? It’s doubtful the women there will shake her hand for turning herself into a sexual object for a ‘gentleman’s magazine’, thereby contributing to the undercurrent of societal misogyny.
To the Sunday Independent, Davison says:
To use a device favoured by secondary school debate students around the country, Oxford Dictionary defines ‘pornography’ as ‘printed or visual material containing the explicit description or display of sexual organs or activity, intended to stimulate sexual excitement’. Consider yourself schooled, Rosanna.