"She modified her body with plastic surgery and tight lacing and that’s empowering in your opinion?" that’s not what is empowering to me, I agree that women should not feel the pressure to modify their body for men, but Dita did it for herself. Feminism is about choice. She wanted to have plastic surgery, and she is one of the few artists that actually admit she did it and have no shame in it. “Before she married Manson she was doing porn.” okay. The porn industry is very bad, very sexist and they rape and torture women a lot, I know. I won’t discuss that because it is true. But by using that to shame Dita, you are shaming every woman who does porn because she wants to, you are taking their right of CHOICE. “She’s nowhere close to being a feminist.” Dita says “I’m not gonna get into that because you can argue back and foward about what really is to be a feminist” mainly when you are Dita Von Teese.
Did you know that 80% of her public is women? And they are all dressed like her. Thinking “isn’t it nice to have a role model who is a woman and sexual and is not a blonde tanned anorexic super model?”. Dita is not objectifying herself onstage. Burlesque is about fun! She is the one who decides what she does, as far as she’ll go, and what will happen onstage. She is not a sexual object. She is a sexual person. A sexual woman.
Dita von Teese - Chas Krider’s motel room shots
Dita Von Teese + Faceless
Dita and Manson about their marriage:
“I would not get married if I didn’t believe in it. I’ve always believed in tradition. I think both of us did, at the time. Let’s just say that it must have been something pretty bad for me to move out of the house after six years together and to pack up my stuff on Christmas Eve. I loved him, and this was the most painful thing I have ever had to go through. It’s been really difficult. It’s not what I expected when I got married, and I felt like I’d found the man of my dreams. But sometimes things change overnight, and you have to make a choice as to whether you’re going to respect yourself and say, ‘I’m not going to accept this. This is not okay.’ I’m not the first woman, or the last, to go through what I’m going through. I just keep reminding myself of that.”
Manson: “Yes, it has an inconvenient, unfortunate parallel to getting married. I think they ultimately have to be associated. I don’t think that the relationship was… something to blame… as much as the, just the, the cliches of marriage. Being expected to change. Change who you are. I started to feel — and maybe this is only how I perceived it, or it’s what my ex-wife genuinely expected of me — but to have to change who I am because suddenly I’m supposed to be more responsible or adult or to have to apologize for who I am… It just ultimately wasn’t what I was prepared for. I think that somebody’s always going to suffer more. And I’d think I hurt her more. But only because she didn’t understand the amount of pain I went through before it became apparent to her. She didn’t understand that my idea of the relationship was suffering for longer than she knew. And so when things ended equally between us, she might have assumed that I didn’t care. Not realizing that I had been experiencing it for much longer.”
Dita Von Teese (in the Bon Bon Dress) at her collection launch at Decades in Los Angeles on October 18, 2012.
The 86 years old burlesque queen Tempest Storm with Dita Von Teese during the filming of a documentation about Tempest Storm.
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