So, I was busying myself reading celebrity gossip websites, (because that is the sort of dreg that I enjoy assaulting my brain with), when I came across this. Now, I’m not trying to call anyone out. I generally enjoy Celebitchy and they are certainly not the only place doing this sort of thing. Posts like that one make me feel like I’m stuck in a Weekend Update REALLY?!! sketch with Seth and Amy, though.
Sure, Taylor Swift is 22 years old and and “fair game” as far as the gossip columns are concerned, but she’s neither the first or the youngest to be put on “boob watch”. Both Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears were under 18 when the media started following them around, publicly discussing whether or not they’d gotten breast implants. Can I just say, “Ew?” Being a young woman isn’t hard enough? Being a young woman in the public eye isn’t hard enough? Now the paps are following her around trying to get boob shots?
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not just the age of these girls (and in my eyes, they are just girls) that is the problem. It just adds an extra creep factor. Cameron Diaz and Kate Hudson were both put on boob watch right after their respective break ups with Alex Rodriguez. There is an argument that people like to float around the internet that famous women are judged by their looks and that makes it a valid topic of discussion. Even if that were true, (HINT: it’s not), I find it hard to believe that anyone would excuse any of the women mentioned above of having built their careers off of their racks. It feeds directly into the false image of perfection that is pushed on women and girls, not just in Hollyweird, but everywhere.
The fact that a large percentage of these pieces are written by women not only saddens, but frankly, annoys me. It’s salacious gossip, wrapped up in a layer of concern trolling, and it leaves me feeling icky on the inside, like I’ve just witnessed something that I should have stepped in to stop, but didn’t. Should we, as women, be buying into (and buying) this sort of gossip? Is withholding our clicks and refusing to buy weekly tabloids enough to make a difference? Am I making a mountain out of a molehill? Feel free to discuss in the comments.