Thursday, March 22, 2018

Mae West: Bawdy Humor

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 34.
• • "Mae West. The Dirty Snow White" • •
• • Written by:  Zsófia Anna Tóth
• • she is too dangerous • •
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote:  Yet, she is not allowed to laugh because, then, she is too active, dangerous, uncontrolled, available and “cheap;” not to mention the possible connotations of producing humor … (1992, 7). Humor produced by a woman artist generally conveys her criticism towards the system and its ideologies that entrap her into her gender role. For example, relevant to Mae West is also what Jillian Heydt-Stevenson states about Jane Austen’s use of humor.
• • Bawdy Humor • •
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote:  She writes that Austen’s witty and bawdy humor is “tendentious,” which is “(Freud’s term for humor’s aggressive purposiveness),” in a way that it provides an outlet for her hostility toward ideologies that dominate women (337). Barreca also opines that women’s use of humor is a mode of protest against the injustices of society: “[w]omen’s humor emerges as a tool for survival in the social and professional jungles, and as a weapon against the absurdities of injustice” (1996, 2).
• • a culturally feminine position • •     . . .
• • This was Part 34 of a lengthy article. Part 35 will follow tomorrow. 
• • Source: Americana — — E-Journal of American Studies in Hungary; Vol. XI, No. 1, Spring 2015.
• • Broadcast on Sunday, 22 March 1964 • •
• • "Mae West Meets Mister Ed" is the twenty-first episode of the fourth season of "Mister Ed," and the ninety-ninth episode overall. Director was Arthur Lubin. Airdate was on Sunday, 22 March 1964.
• • Guest Stars: Mae West (Herself), Nick Stewart (Charles), Mae West (Herself), Jacques Shelton (1st Groom), Roger Torrey (2nd Groom).
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • A perfect white rose was delivered to her trailer to replace the one in a tall crystal bud vase on her dressing table. The enclosed card read "Good Morning, Mae" but was unsigned. Even so, Mae West thinks she knows which fan has been sending them to her every day during production, though she has never met him.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Too much of a good thing can be wonderful."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A California daily mentioned Mae West.
• • “Studio Notes” • •
• • “Curves or no curves, Mae West or no Mae West, women still aim to retain slim, girlish figures,” says Miss Josephine Gibson, home counsellor, who is heard in the West Coast over the NBC-KGO network every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:15 a.m. PST.
• • “A woman may admire gray hair on the head of another woman, but she does not want it herself, and she may admire the Mae West curves but she is just as anxious as ever to avoid excess poundage,” says Miss Gibson.  . . .
• • Source: Item in the Coronado Eagle and Journal; published on Thursday, 22 March 1934
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • • 
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — — 
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• • 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 3923rd 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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