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Burlesque Freakshow

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Went to a pretty magical Burlesque last night.

Acrobatics, cellos, crossdressers, traditional tattooed ladies with stripteases, bearded women, little people, bears, etc.

Scariest and most attractive bellydancer ever.

Magic.

Till the end.

Then they started soliciting for people to staple money to the little person.

“When ever in your life will you again have the chance to staple 20s to a DWARF!”

WTF

seriously?

Did they see this on Jackass or some bullshit? It can’t be real.

I only watched for a few minutes, thinking there must be a catch or a trick to it. Plus I was waiting for the raffle.

Nope. It was real. Somehow, they decided wiping down the bills with alcohol swabs made it sanitary. Even though there was blood on the stapler. His back, side, head, everywhere that they stapled him. i do not even want to go into the Blood-borne Pathogens talk. 10 dollars, he picks where you staple it; for 20, you pick. Anything but face and genitals. Wow. So sad. I am sure this is only the beginning of the kind of depraved things marginalized people in freak shows did 100 years ago. But this is now. Are we really this fucked up?

My date left, disgusted.

I felt guilty for staying.

But an observation: the only ones that actually wanted to staple him, were 25-35 year old drunk white guys.

He got more money though, from women of all ages that patted him and apologized, as they put money in his g-string.

I won the $100 tattoo gift certificate.

But I think it cost me more from my soul to stay for the drawing.

😦

 

Soapbox…

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My husband told me to stay off of my soapbox but I would just like to point out an observation, in the 2012 SI Swimsuit edition, there is less than ten photos of black women. There are more men in the edition than black women.

So I did some Googling (no pun intended) and there have been (identified) 0 Asians, 1 Hispanic, 1 Spanish/Lebanese, and 2 African American women on the cover: Beyonce and Tyra Banks. Since 1964. Wow.

Most of the women have been German, Swedish, Czech or American.

Husband said “How many MEN have been on the cover?…My soapbox is bigger. It’s reverse sexism.”

I am not sure what it means. Perhaps other ethnicities are just smarter than letting themselves be objectified. Perhaps the magazine is radically ethnocentric. Maybe everything about America is ran by white racist men, including SI. Maybe the magazine editor is scared of diversity. Well, Terry McDonnell? Which is it?

Just an interesting observation. That is all.

As some have already questioned my sampling methods, let me remind you before you hunt me down or jump my case: I am getting my info for the covers from google, SI, wiki, their bios. The internet. The ones inside the magazine I am merely guessing because of their skin tone. Don’t jump my shit for assuming someone’s race or ethnicity by skin tone. Its the same assumption I assume (haha) the main demographic of the magazine will make. Just an observation. Not quantifying research.

And yes, I do know the difference between race and ethnicity, before anyone else mentions it.