Friday, March 09, 2018

Mae West: Selling Herself

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 25.
• • "Mae West. The Dirty Snow White" • •
• • Written by:  Zsófia Anna Tóth
• • she enjoyed selling herself • •
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote: According to Mae West, this type of woman is to be found not only “among women of the streets, but in every stratum of society” (5). Babe, the heroine, is of the opinion that “if a man can have as many women as he wants, there is no reason why a woman should not do the same things,” and it is written about her that she “was non-moral” who “enjoyed selling herself and her personality” (5-6).
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote:  In the film I’m No Angel, Tara is a circus performer who becomes a lion tamer and then rises into high society. Her ascent is a little bumpy with the issue of class discussed here in detail together with the question of race. West and her heroines always behave/s in an egalitarian way. There is also a court case where the heroine defends herself making fun of the whole court procedure. Here, one of her most famous witticisms are uttered after her won trial: “Why did you admit knowing so many men in your life? / Well, it is not the men in your life that counts but the life in your men” (Ruggles 1933).
• • marriage is parodied • •  . . .
• • This was Part 25 of a lengthy article. Part 26 will follow on Monday. 
• • Source: Americana — — E-Journal of American Studies in Hungary; Vol. XI, No. 1, Spring 2015.
• • On Monday, 9 March 1936 • •
• • It was inside their weekly issue dated for Monday, 9 March 1936 that readers could read a review of "Klondike Annie" printed in Time Magazine.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West was a "tough girl" in her vaudeville acts and loved to push the envelope in her singing and dancing, but evidence suggests that offstage, she did not behave in a boisterous manner. She was even described by a neighbor as a young woman who liked to stay home with her mother.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “Good sex is like good bridge. If you don't have a good partner, you'd better have a good hand.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about a comedienne mentioned Mae West.
• • From David Hiltbrand's article: Traci Skene, editor of the stand-up comedy Web site SHECKYmagazine stated: “In the past, Chelsea Handler’s particular (brand of) bawdy humor would have only been accepted coming out of the mouth of a seemingly much older woman — — Mae West for example. ... Chelsea manages to make it funny, believable, and acceptable.” . . .
• • Source: Article: "Snarky host of ‘Chelsea Lately' offers cheeky stand-up" written by David
Hiltbrand for The Philadelphia Inquirer; published on Monday, 9 March 2009
• • 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 3914th 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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