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 Post subject: Rear Window, sans Jimmy Stewart
PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2004 6:14 pm 
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How long has it been since your paper did something this embarrassing?<p>
http://www.timesunion.com/life/index.asp<p>
(IF someone knows how to keep this link from changing when the Web page changes, please do it)


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 Post subject: Re: Rear Window, sans Jimmy Stewart
PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 12:20 am 
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Image<p>is that it?


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 Post subject: Re: Rear Window, sans Jimmy Stewart
PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 12:59 am 
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That, and the story that goes with it. The story is about a "trend" of young women showing off "plumber's cracks" as a fashion statement.<p>Thanks for putting it up there. I think.<p>[ March 29, 2004: Message edited by: Bumfketeer ]</p>


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 Post subject: Re: Rear Window, sans Jimmy Stewart
PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 1:06 am 
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True sighting at the San Francsico Museum of Modern Art cafe last fall: woman was wearing a black thong to fill in the plumber's crack; observed for purely sociological reasons, mind you.<p>[ March 29, 2004: Message edited by: tom mangan ]</p>


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 Post subject: Re: Rear Window, sans Jimmy Stewart
PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 1:17 am 
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Well, at least your paper didn't do a "trend" story. Everyone's doing it!


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 Post subject: Re: Rear Window, sans Jimmy Stewart
PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 10:53 am 
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I thank whatever gods there be that the style for very low slung pants came along well after I was of an age to be expected to follow fashion.


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 Post subject: Re: Rear Window, sans Jimmy Stewart
PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 11:47 am 
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A sideshow to this is that a friend called to tell me she wrote a letter to the editor condemning the "ageist" exploitation of the gawking oldsters.
While I'm not in any way a member of the PC crusaders, she has a point.<p>Doesn't it seem a litmus test could be this: that if a photo would get you hauled up on sexual harassment charges if it were on your desk, it might not be the best choice for publication?<p>Also, one of the main interviewees is 17. Seventeen. And she's interviewed about getting butt implants and showing off the Great Divide, or what the story calls "butt cleavage."<p>To me, this is typical of the rapidly blurring line between features sections and "hip" weekly tabloids, which of course serve a very good purpose. Let them do stories about ass cracks.


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 Post subject: Re: Rear Window, sans Jimmy Stewart
PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 12:50 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Bumfketeer:
A sideshow to this is that a friend called to tell me she wrote a letter to the editor condemning the "ageist" exploitation of the gawking oldsters.
<hr></blockquote><p>Bumf, what is your friend talking about when she refers to " 'ageist' exploitation of gawking oldsters"?<p>[ March 29, 2004: Message edited by: wordygurdy ]</p>


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 Post subject: Re: Rear Window, sans Jimmy Stewart
PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 12:55 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Bumfketeer:
Well, at least your paper didn't do a "trend" story. Everyone's doing it!<hr></blockquote>
<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Also, one of the main interviewees is 17.<hr></blockquote>And named Couture, which prompts me to assign the "trend" story on the evolution of names into the utterly ridiculous.<p>But I won't.


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 Post subject: Re: Rear Window, sans Jimmy Stewart
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by wordygurdy:
<p>Bumf, what is your friend talking about when she refers to " 'ageist' exploitation of gawking oldsters"?<p>[ March 29, 2004: Message edited by: wordygurdy ]<hr></blockquote><p>I assume she was referring to old people getting their jollies staring at the bodies of young people.


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 Post subject: Re: Rear Window, sans Jimmy Stewart
PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 5:45 pm 
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That's my understanding. The stereotyped dirty old man on the left, getting what appears to be an eye-popping view of the young woman's rear. and the stereotyped old fuddy-duddy woman on the right, stunned nearly into catatonia by the buttcrack display.


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 Post subject: Re: Rear Window, sans Jimmy Stewart
PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 7:04 pm 
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Oh, I didn't understand she was talking about the photo illustration.<p>Still, I'm not sure I understand how the paper is exploiting old people by portraying them as reacting in shock to plumber's cracks. I guess you could interpret the old man's expression as leering. But most old people probably would and do react in shock to plumber's cracks. (I'm pretty much anti-plumber's crack, by the way, and I'm not old.)


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 Post subject: Re: Rear Window, sans Jimmy Stewart
PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 12:11 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr> On the ``Late Show,'' she wore a red dress that exposed cleavage and her navel, which was affixed with jewelry.
<hr></blockquote><p>No plumber's crack? Janet Jackson is showing her age.


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 Post subject: Re: Rear Window, sans Jimmy Stewart
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Anyone else here reminded of a 60s song by, I think, the Limelighters, immortalizing a young woman named Vicki Dugan whose dress was "cut so low in the back that it exposed a new cleavage."


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