Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Mae West: Object of Desire

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 17.
• • "Mae West. The Dirty Snow White" • •
• • Written by:  Zsófia Anna Tóth
• • desexualize and de-feminize herself • •
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote:  Additionally, Molly Haskell highlights a significant aspect of the woman humorist and that is if a woman becomes the practitioner of the art of humor she will culturally desexualize and de-feminize herself by becoming more masculine thus losing her (possible) status as a proper and ideal woman: “[a] woman can display humor in the diluted forms of sarcasm or ‘personality,’ but if she indulges in either the athletics of the clown or the epigrams of the wit, she risks losing the all-important status of ‘lady’” (61-62). It is also added that “[w]hile a male comedian can have sex appeal […] a female comedian […] automatically disqualifies herself as an object of desire,” and while the comic man “often becomes a romantic figure in his quixotic destiny,” a comic woman “is regarded more as a desecration to her sex than a holy fool” (62).
• • wit and sexuality • •    . . .
• • This was Part 17 of a lengthy article. Part 18 will follow tomorrow. 
• • Source: Americana — — E-Journal of American Studies in Hungary; Vol. XI, No. 1, Spring 2015.
• • Happy Birthday to you, Mark! • •
• • Happy Birthday to Mae-maven and Canadian researcher R. Mark Desjardins. He was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on Tuesday, 27 February 1951. Readers have noticed the fascinating excerpts we have posted from time to time, with his kind permission, from his manuscript "In Search of Mae West," a carefully detailed magnum opus that will be released as soon as it's completed.
• • Mark covered the last Mae West Birthday Bash held at the home of Ramfis Diaz in Los Angeles on 17 August 2010. He has also graciously reviewed some Mae West biographies and a cabinet of Westian curiosities.
• • Enjoy your special day, Mark!
• • On Thursday, 27 February 1936 • •
• • Joseph Breen wrote to Will Hays about Mae West and "KIondike Annie." His letter is dated for Thursday, 27 February 1936.
• • Newspapers were aware of the bickering and the chaos. The Los Angeles Herald printed a news story on page 4 about the censorship issues on 27 February 1936. It was never easy being Mae West.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The biography written by Jill Watts "Mae West: An Icon in Black and White" was published on 18 February 2003 by Oxford University Press. This is a must for your Mae West bookcase.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "She who hesitates is a damned fool."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A New York daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Since the powers that run The Standard Union have not seen fit to equip it with asbestos paper and fire-proof type, I am, unfortunately, unable to do justice here to  the drama "The Constant Sinner," a cheerful little something from the pen of Mae West, which found its way down 45th Street into the Royale Theatre last night, with the author in the leading (and title) role.  . . .
• • Source: Review in Standard Union; published on Tuesday, 15 September 1931
• • 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 3906th 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/


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• • Mae West • in 1936

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you SO much for the B-Day tribute!I Reading the Mae West Blog is a morning ritual for me. Mae West is the finest woman I never met. Although I have enough good sense not to roll out her quip, "Everyone thinks I'm 27, but I'm really twenty-sex," I firmly subscribe to her wisdom, "You're never too old to feel young again."