Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Mae West: A Proper Girl

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 33.
• • "Mae West. The Dirty Snow White" • •
• • Written by:  Zsófia Anna Tóth
• • a proper girl or woman was expected not to laugh • •
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote: As Regina Barreca argues, women traditionally, were expected not to produce humor, and not even to enjoy it while they were expected to recognize and acknowledge it with a smile only.
• • A proper girl would only smile or giggle • •
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote:  Regina Barreca alleges that a proper girl or woman was expected not to laugh (out loud), only to smile or perhaps giggle at most and this all in the service of acknowledging the humorous man’s intellect. She writes that
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote: We always knew that we had to smile at his stories, giggle at his jokes. Nobody said we should giggle at his jokes only if we found them funny; we had to giggle at his jokes even when we thought they were dull, insulting, or dumb. [emphases mine] (1992, 5)
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote: As Regina Barreca suggests, laughing and humor function the same way as the sexual dilemma since a girl or a woman is expected to be receptive of (and even be grateful for) almost any man’s humor; she is supposed to signal her cognizance as well as acceptance by smiling.
• • she is too dangerous • •   . . .
• • This was Part 33 of a lengthy article. Part 34 will follow tomorrow. 
• • Source: Americana — — E-Journal of American Studies in Hungary; Vol. XI, No. 1, Spring 2015.
• • Timothy Dalton's Birthday • •
• • Mae West's co-star and screen husband in "Sextette," Timothy Dalton was born in March — — on Thursday, 21 March 1946. He is 72 years old today.  Happy Birthday!
• • On Saturday, 21 March 1936 • •
• • The trade publication Hollywood Reporter followed the back-biting between Will Hays and the film starring Mae West "Klondike Annie." They printed an article about this in their issue dated for Saturday, 21 March 1936.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West's lead in “Personal Appearance” for Emanuel Cohen at Major Productions will be Randolph Scott. Start set for August 1.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I'm always wishin' they'd just hand me somethin' I didn't have to fool around with, but it's really a good thing. I'd never have developed otherwise."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Washington Post mentioned Mae West.
• • "Mae West Facing Trial in New York” read one headline. 
• • Source: Washington Post; published on Tuesday, 18 March 1930
• • 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 3922nd 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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