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It’s possible to have valid complaints about the manner in which actresses, such as Jennifer Lawrence, are expected to flaunt their sexuality in order to sell movie tickets in a manner which actors are not. It’s also possible, as we are, to be more curmudgeonly about this. The Daily Mail has a Shock, Horror! piece about the way in which Lawrence was in a plunging dress (erm the neckline plunged, not the whole thing) to advertise Red Sparrow but her male costars were not.

A photo of Jennifer Lawrence in which she appears to be shivering in a plunging Versace dress at a London press call while her male colleagues are wrapped up in coats around her has sparked controversy on social media.

The Oscar-winning actress, 27, looked freezing in the barely-there dress with a thigh-split in temperatures as low as 3 degrees, as she posed for photos with male stars from her latest spy thriller Red Sparrow.

The sight of actors Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons, Matthias Schoenaerts and director Francis Lawrence in multiple layers of clothing has sparked a mountain of tweets on social media, with many saying the press call photo shows how women still feel pressure to be glamorous, whatever the setting.

Well, yes, perhaps. But there is that other view to be had. Maiden aunts and Generation Snowflake might wish to look away at this explanation but everyone else will get it. Worth looking at the picture itself in the Mail (no, we do not steal copyright pictures around here).

Breasts and beards, impressive as some are and unimpressive as many can be, are secondary sexual characteristics. They’re usually associated with certain gonadal set ups, those being the primary sex characteristics. Do note that this is nothing to do with gender, this is sex, biological reality. There’s nothing odd at all with people displaying such secondary characteristics. Human society rather works on the idea that we display the secondary, not primary, ones in fact.

So, we’ve four blokes there showing off their beards – of varying levels of impressiveness. We’ve a young lady showing off her own secondary sexual markers.

And?

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  1. Presumably the complaint is that Ms Lawrence is displaying her sexual attractions rather than the things that women who never get complimented on their mammary glands think are more important. Like her intelligence, wit, you know, her personality.

    Personally I think that women think in such different ways about such different things that men are not even remotely interested in what they have to say unless sex is in the offing, but then I am not supposed to say that sort of thing in public.

    Instead I will say that the men are displaying their secondary sexual characteristics too. At least as far as women are concerned. They are peacocking, but they are displaying their colourful feathers because they are expensive colourful feathers. Showing women that they can provide. Which is the male half of the sexual dimorphism that has Ms Lawrence indicating to everyone she can bear many healthy children.

    In the end, though, a medal has to go to the sheer number of times the Daily Mail can show Ms Lawrence’s charms in an article deploring the fact she is forced to display her charms. They, at least, know what their audience likes.

  2. And presumably entirely her own choice. Can anyone imagine any film exec in this current atmosphere of female victimhood daring to say ‘Right Luv, make sure your tits are on show on the catwalk so we get maximum publicity for the movie!’? He’d be hung drawn and quartered in an instant. So I think we can safely say if she’d wanted to dress like a polar explorer, she would have, and no-one in the film industry would have dared to say anything about it.

    At some point women are going to have to decide if they want their role in society to be decided by a small gaggle of SJW types telling them what they can and can’t do. Its ironic that the original feminists fought for the right for women to determine their own lives and what role they wished to inhabit, and now the same women are being pushed back into predefined roles by their own gender. ‘Get into the boardroom sisters, and don’t you dare get your tits out for the lads at the motor racing or the darts!’

  3. “THE OSCAR-WINNING ACTRESS, 27, LOOKED FREEZING IN THE BARELY-THERE DRESS WITH A THIGH-SPLIT IN TEMPERATURES AS LOW AS 3 DEGREES”

    I have closely examined the evidence, and she doesn’t look that cold to me.

  4. It is remarkable that complimenting a co-worker can be construed as creating a threatening work environment (inviting government remediation) whereas wearing clown-face and wiggling like a prostitute, in front of co-workers one does not want a relationship with, cannot. The only explanation is Haterz gonna hate.

    Jim – Right, and God help you if you don’t want to spend days in the boardroom at all but rearing well-adjusted children.

  5. Presumably the complaint is that Ms Lawrence is displaying her sexual attractions rather than the things that women who never get complimented on their mammary glands think are more important. Like her intelligence, wit, you know, her personality.

    Personally I think that women think in such different ways about such different things that men are not even remotely interested in what they have to say unless sex is in the offing, but then I am not supposed to say that sort of thing in public.

    Instead I will say that the men are displaying their secondary sexual characteristics too. At least as far as women are concerned. They are peacocking, but they are displaying their colourful feathers because they are expensive colourful feathers. Showing women that they can provide. Which is the male half of the sexual dimorphism that has Ms Lawrence indicating to everyone she can bear many healthy children.

    In the end, though, a medal has to go to the sheer number of times the Daily Mail can show Ms Lawrence’s charms in an article deploring the fact she is forced to display her charms. They, at least, know what their audience likes.

  6. And presumably entirely her own choice. Can anyone imagine any film exec in this current atmosphere of female victimhood daring to say ‘Right Luv, make sure your tits are on show on the catwalk so we get maximum publicity for the movie!’? He’d be hung drawn and quartered in an instant. So I think we can safely say if she’d wanted to dress like a polar explorer, she would have, and no-one in the film industry would have dared to say anything about it.

    At some point women are going to have to decide if they want their role in society to be decided by a small gaggle of SJW types telling them what they can and can’t do. Its ironic that the original feminists fought for the right for women to determine their own lives and what role they wished to inhabit, and now the same women are being pushed back into predefined roles by their own gender. ‘Get into the boardroom sisters, and don’t you dare get your tits out for the lads at the motor racing or the darts!’

  7. I was almost told off at work for making a joke when 2 staff in a team had gone on maternity leave, and I asked the remaining bloke if he was going on maternity leave too. Fucking ridiculous.

  8. The Daily Wail has a sidebar crammed full of women displaying their secondary sexual characteristic and quite often the outline of their primaries too. Hypocrisy much?

    In spite of hashtag MeToo I don’t see any move for Hollywood actresses to cover up on the red carpet. In fact the more see-through the better. Hypocrisy much?

  9. “THE OSCAR-WINNING ACTRESS, 27, LOOKED FREEZING IN THE BARELY-THERE DRESS WITH A THIGH-SPLIT IN TEMPERATURES AS LOW AS 3 DEGREES”

    I have closely examined the evidence, and she doesn’t look that cold to me.

  10. It is remarkable that complimenting a co-worker can be construed as creating a threatening work environment (inviting government remediation) whereas wearing clown-face and wiggling like a prostitute, in front of co-workers one does not want a relationship with, cannot. The only explanation is Haterz gonna hate.

    Jim – Right, and God help you if you don’t want to spend days in the boardroom at all but rearing well-adjusted children.

  11. I was almost told off at work for making a joke when 2 staff in a team had gone on maternity leave, and I asked the remaining bloke if he was going on maternity leave too. Fucking ridiculous.

  12. The Daily Wail has a sidebar crammed full of women displaying their secondary sexual characteristic and quite often the outline of their primaries too. Hypocrisy much?

    In spite of hashtag MeToo I don’t see any move for Hollywood actresses to cover up on the red carpet. In fact the more see-through the better. Hypocrisy much?

  13. Did none of these offendotrons bother to find out what the film is about, before signalling their fake outrage?
    I have yet to see the film, but I have read the book (it’s a good yarn, by the way).
    A Bolshoi Ballet washout is forcibly reassigned to other duties by the State, broken in by her KGB minders and then worked hard in the defence of the State. And then…to avoid spoilers, I’ll stop here.
    So an actress who is promoting a film in which she plays a state-owned sex-object does so dressed in character, this is a cause for outrage?
    Save the outrage for the regimes which did this for real.

  14. Did none of these offendotrons bother to find out what the film is about, before signalling their fake outrage?
    I have yet to see the film, but I have read the book (it’s a good yarn, by the way).
    A Bolshoi Ballet washout is forcibly reassigned to other duties by the State, broken in by her KGB minders and then worked hard in the defence of the State. And then…to avoid spoilers, I’ll stop here.
    So an actress who is promoting a film in which she plays a state-owned sex-object does so dressed in character, this is a cause for outrage?
    Save the outrage for the regimes which did this for real.

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