A bit on Toyah and Ageism

I don’t understand some women sometimes.

So Toyah Willcox, some overpaid crooner of the 80s, says that society needs to ‘wise up’ and tackle ageism and sexism.

She says, “If women are not portrayed truthfully, fairly, respectfully in the eyes of young men, then sexism and ageism will continue to flourish.” - bbc

Didn’t she thrive on the celebrity status given to pop-stars? So why is she taking issue with the ‘celebrity’ status given to ‘beauty’, ‘sexiness’ and ‘youth’ - all of which she thrived on when she was wiggling her ass on stage in the 80s. Don't forget, when we celebrate the trivial, all other stuff that is trivial becomes more significant as we are diminished personality-wise by one to fall victim to another. They thus share a symbiotic union reinforcing each other. But, Toyah, being a pop-star by profession back then, wouldn't have developed enough sense to realise these things. And, also, has she forgotten that the 80s scene was a youth scene that discriminated against the older person? This wasn't the case with earlier pop scenes where one could find older people 'making it'.

You know why Toyah's taking issue with ‘ageism’ today? Simple. She can’t get used to not being a big shot anymore. She once relied on her youth, beauty, and sexiness to ‘make it’, and now kicks up a fuss over discrimination against herself because she hasn’t got what she once thrived on. That’s like a once-rich capitalist bas***d fighting against poverty after losing his entire fortune on the racetrack.

Toyah on Top of the Pops in the 1980s  

The chicks of today expect increased attention, respect, benefits, etc, because they are ‘sexy’, ‘beautiful’, etc. For instance, see a ‘beautiful’ chick with a guy in singapore, and people frequently remark, ‘that guy got money one’ (chinese pidgin English, meaning, ‘this guy has money’) - be it a local chinese girl or a prostitute from china. Women might get offended at such statements insinuating that they are gold-diggers. But it’s quite true isn’t it - especially in a socio-political-cultural system where the government have successfully encouraged 'self-reliance' and 'pragmatism' whilst they laugh their way to the bank with the people's money. How many ‘beautiful’ chicks out there are going to opt for a guy with little money and is not able to twirl a set of car keys around his forefinger whilst being amenable to being twirled around the centre finger of his girlfriend/wife?

So what is it that these bimbos want when they get older? They want to maintain the upper-hand on the nether regions of men even when they’re past their menopause-by date.
So what is it that these bimbos want when they get older? They want to maintain the upper-hand on the nether regions of men even when they’re past their menopause-by date. But i can understand it. Men are, generally, quite the dumb lot - they have to be to serve as the market for women who thus learn that men can be tethered with their g-strings - the advent and contemporary prominence of the ‘hipster’ jeans/shorts/skirt that puts the female’s undergarments on public display is a fashion of dominance, not sensuality - at least not for chicks in the ‘first world’ economies. So I suppose, subconsciously, women might be quite pissed about being discriminated against because their cheeks aren’t as tight as their butts once were - or vice versa. Why should they lose their clout to men just because they’re older right?

All that said, ageism is quite the problem. It is linked to ‘the past’, generically, being, well, passé. To fight against ageism is to take on its multifarious manifestations which the people and the system thrives on. Think abou tit and 'Connect the dots' in your spare time - instead of messing around with 'brain teasers' on your iphone that simply narrow and redirect your intellectual vigour down pointless routes - and you'll realise that the capitalist system will be severely compromised if you manage to eradicate all factors that contribute to the maintainence of ageism. That’s how the capitalist-led economy is able to have a continuous supply of markets, and profits, accruing from the promotion and sale of the ‘new’, even if it’s just a damn ‘remake’. You could say that Toyah thrived on that in promoting the 80s sound over the 70s sound because the former was ‘new’ and therefore ‘good’. And now she has a problem with discrimination against the ‘old’.

What a joke. We promote one approach in one arena, and get pissed when it impacts on others. But then again, we can’t really blame people for ageism can we. The ‘education’ system is structured to endow those whom are undergoing it at present with the latest stuff, whilst the older are too bogged down by work, or think that they are successful enough because they can feed themselves and the kids they popped out, to not keep learning as much as they did when they were younger. The masses support a system whose consequences they bemoan whilst being happily and willfully unawares of the connection between the two so they can thrive on their youth and ‘beauty’ till the time comes when they have to invest in a whole range of youth-enhancing products so they they can maintain their clout.

Perhaps these ‘miracle’ anti-aging shite isn’t working for Toyah.


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2 comments:

  1. Re: Comment on the Wounded Knee Video

    Just thinking of the similarity of the singapore chinese versus the singapore minorities. The chinese took over the nation from the Malays, promoted chinese culture, discriminated and marginalised the minorities via the various campaigns i.e Speak Mandarin Campaign, SAP school, employment of Chinese speaking people, the celebrations of all chinese festivals, the HDB quota system, etc. The chinese will always have a head-start in singapore and what is left-over will sadly be for the minorities.

    Racial bigotry is always wrong. When one race think they are better than another and that one race wants to dominate the country, the other races will suffer.

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  2. It's off-topic, but given that i've not put the video as a 'post', your comment here is alright.

    Same thing applies to the aboriginals in Australia. The 'whites' did a lot of slaughtering in the early days of the construction of their 'modernity' - nationalism, capitalism, secularism. They just about wiped out the population of Tasmania, killed off about 4/5 in australia, about 30 million Africans died, millions of Indians, and let's not forget a few hundred thousand innocent Japanese civilians with their atomic bomb. The (american) Indian way of life was quite the beautiful one. Earlier explorers did comment positively on it, but later capitalists simply thought that they didn't deserve the land because they didn't 'develop' it as did the 'whites'. The blacks managed to muster quite a bit of support for their cause and did pretty well. But not the Indians. And i can never stand those american movies that paint the Indians as villains whilst the 'cowboy' plays the innocent victim or hero. The american Indians are a deep, passionate, people with great affinity with nature and appreciate the oneness of all creation. I love their culture, their music, their dances, the Ghost Dance, their myths..... I'd say the Blacks added the passion into america, the whites added the population, and the Indians, if given a chance, the spirit. But, I am quite heartened by the fact that quite a few 'whites' have commented positively and passionately on these videos in Youtube and taken the 'whites' to task.

    With regards to your observations on the chinese.....

    You won't find such empathy amongst the chinese i'm afraid. In a recent Straits Times article, they actually had the cheek to say that 'multiculturalism' works because some Malay bloke donned a chinese outfit and joined in the chinese new year celebrations. That isn't 'multiculturalism', that is evidence of chinese culture being dominant. Anyway, it is perceptions and discrimination in everyday matters that matter and not people donning each other's costumes or having a figurehead indian president. True multiculturalism is evidenced by people considering and taking on the ideas and perspectives emerging from other cultures. That, the chinese, in my 40 years of experience, have never done. It is only people who've lost their cultural character and personality whom can get along with the chinese and not feel that they have to put aside their own personality to do so. Try to be analytical, i.e. Indian, amongst the chinese, and they'll say you talk to much, complain too much, are a troublemaker, or simply fail to respond. The same applies to the so-called 'opposition'. Chee Soon Juan, the leader of the SDP said as much to me about a decade ago when i questioned the leadership of the SDP youth. It was later that i realised the Chee is just another little chinese emperor as opposed to a 'democrat'. The 'indians' and non-chinese who follow him have lost enough of their cultural personality to not realise this. I've, thankfully, not. But, i have to admit, it was an uphill task maintaining my analytical personality in a climate where there was no room for its expression. Some might say that i'm 'inciting racial hatred', but there is quite the difference between inciting racial hatred, and inciting hatred of racial discrimination.

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