Maybe we should define “progress”
posted at 11:59 am on February 10, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Suzi Parker at the Washington Post seems worried that the new dress code from CBS for Grammy Awards attendees is a sign of regression:
Is this country regressing instead of progressing?
Tonight, CBS hosts the 55th annual Grammy Awards where music royalty gather to honor talent in an array of genres including jazz, country, rock and even classical. It’s a starry, sparkly event, the music business’ equivalent to the Academy Awards, where musicians strut on the red carpet in outrageous outfits.
But maybe not this year.
CBS has issued a “wardrobe advisory” for tonight’s show. It reportedly states, “Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered. Thong type costumes are problematic. Please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack. Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic.”
See-through clothing that could “possibly expose female breast nipples” is also banned. And then there’s this: “Please be sure the genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible ‘puffy’ bare skin exposure.” As if any worthy rock star has an ounce of puffy anywhere on his or her body.
The “war on women” is a myth, feminism sold out during the Monica Lewinsky affair, and skimpy clothes are fine on the beach or in similar social circumstances. If we’re defining progress by how acceptable it is at formal affairs to expose nipples and show off “side boob,” then I’d say that we’re regressing as a society to on that basis rather than progressing toward maturity.
I find it rather amazing that the Washington Post can decry the decline of feminism and in the same sentence complain that CBS wants to avoid having women displayed as sexual objects with their breasts and buttocks on display for entertainment. Talk about clueless irony ….