Thursday, February 22, 2018

Mae West: A Man's Privilege

While you’re sleeping, college professors in Hungary are thinking about MAE WEST. Here’s a long, striking research paper you might have missed. This is Part 14.
• • "Mae West. The Dirty Snow White" • •
• • Written by:  Zsófia Anna Tóth
• • her comic discourse • •
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote:  As an artist, she questioned and re-created traditional ideas of womanhood and gender stereotypes mainly through her comic discourse; in fact, it was exactly this mode that enabled her to achieve her goals while also facilitating the public acceptance of her unconventional acts/actions.
• • Humor was seen as only a man’s privilege • •
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote:  The use of humor was seen as traditionally only men’s privilege and being a comedienne generally was not considered to be a high artistic achievement in the case of women, yet, West managed to remain an accomplished artist and a successful performer mostly because of her wit and social critique she produced concerning various fields.
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote:  An interesting feature of comedy is that “[i]t is revolutionary and conservative” at the same time (Sypher 242) as it questions and subverts morals, ideals, values, principles, and rules while, at the same time, also (re)inscribes all of them.
• • mustering the heavy artillery • •   . . .   
• • This was Part 14 of a lengthy article. Part 15 will follow tomorrow.
• • Source: Americana — — E-Journal of American Studies in Hungary; Vol. XI, No. 1, Spring 2015.
• • On Saturday, 22 February 1947 • •
• • The show "Come On Up" starring Mae West opened in Los Angeles, California at the Biltmore Theatre on Saturday, 22 February 1947.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Newspaper readers in D.C. got a brief respite from hearing about the antics of President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1967 when The Washington Post printed an article by Kevin Thomas: "Mae West, Like Rock 'n' Roll Music, Is Still Deeply Rooted in Ragtime."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “When you got the personality, you don’t need the nudity.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An Australian daily mentioned Mae West.
• • "Mae West May Go Back to Broadway" • •
• • The paper noted: Mae West has written a new play, and it looks as if it will bring her Hollywood career to an end — — at least for the time being. Her film contracts in Hollywood terminate shortly, and she is thinking of appearing in her own play on Broadway, where she was a famous star in the "Diamond Lil" days. Incidentally, that period included the famous prosecution for putting on an alleged indecent play.
• • Source: Mirror (Perth, WA) on page 9, Saturday, 22 February 1936
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 13th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past thirteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,800 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started thirteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3903rd blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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