Thursday, March 01, 2018

Mae West: Male Lechery

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 19.
• • "Mae West. The Dirty Snow White" • •
• • Written by:  Zsófia Anna Tóth
• • turned male lechery • •  
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote: Molly Haskell also suggests that “[a] wholesome, daytime version of vampirism with both humor and honor, Mae West turned male lechery on its ear” (116), while proving that “‘male’ aggressiveness and ‘female’ romanticism and monogamy – can coexist” too (117).
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote: Joan Mellen writes that although West’s image in the media was that of the “sex queen and manipulator of weak, drooling men”, in Hollywood she actually projected “a uniquely free image of woman,” who was “seeking mastery over her life” (229-230). What is even more interesting concerning West’s star persona and performance(s) is that she was not embarrassed by being considered “the prostitute or the burlesque queen” (230) while being financially independent.
• • The Comic Vice • •  . . .   
• • This was Part 19 of a lengthy article. Part 20 will follow tomorrow. 
• • Source: Americana — — E-Journal of American Studies in Hungary; Vol. XI, No. 1, Spring 2015.
• • On Tuesday, 1 March 1960 • •
• • "Goodness Had Nothing to Do with It" by Mae West was released on Tuesday, 1 March 1960.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • An uninhibited bathroom encounter with Mae West in 1929 stayed with Russell Gursky, a former Western Union telegram boy from Chicago, Illinois. He explained that Mae West was sitting in a bathtub  when he hand-delivered her telegram. "And I had to wait for her to respond," Russell Gursky said.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “I like my sexes stable.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A daily paper mentioned Mae West.
• • "The Drag" — an exposition of psychopathic conduct • •
• • In their issue dated for Tuesday, 1 March 1927, The Olean Evening Times took Mae to task for her play "Sex" as well as "The Drag," which the reporter Virginia Swan described as "an exposition of psychopathic conduct." Was Mae West chastened after the arrest? "Sure, I know what audiences like," Mae West assured the news reporters. "And when it comes in sex portrayals, I know my onions. My play is true to life. And how can anyone suppress truth?" . . .
• • The trial is recreated in the full-length stage play “Courting Mae West.” Events in Mae’s life from 1926 through 1932 bring her legal woes and successes to life.
• • Source: Item in Olean Evening Times; published on Tuesday, 1 March 1927
• • 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 3908th 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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