Marge gets ‘bunnied’

Just a quick one this evening but I simply had to say something about the fact that Playboy have a new cover star. And this time it’s Marge – from The Simpsons. Yes – even innocent cartoon characters cannot escape the clutches of Hugh Hefner.

I imagine that for many people, on first glance, it’s all a bit of innocent fun. It’s only a cartoon after all. But start thinking about it and I’m filled with horror on many counts. Firstly, it’s Marge! She’s a hero. She’s funny, intelligent, different – an icon. And she is loved by children all over the world. Secondly, Playboy have said that the reason they want to feature Marge is because they want to attract more 20-somethings as readers. That’s readers of porn – in case we forget. Thirdly – it sanitises and legitimises porn. It makes it something which can creep unnoticed into the realms of popular culture – and into the consciousness of our children.

We don’t yet know what hideousness awaits us inside the magazine, but Playboy’s editorial director promises us “it’s very, very racy,”. He goes on to say: “She is a stunning example of the cartoon form.”

Not amused

Not amused

Innocent fun? I don’t feel like laughing. I feel like Marge has been robbed from us in the name of porn. Whipped away from under our noses. She is a cartoon character who actually inspires many young girls to dare to be different. She’s been given the treatment – she’s been sexed up – and turned into an object to be leared at. Isn’t this the pressure that girls are under from every angle every day of their lives: sex yourself up – it’s the only way to succeed. How on earth do I explain to my daughter what this is all about?

And it’s only a matter of time before they move on … to Lisa perhaps? Not so funny when you start thinking about it like that is it?

More here on Shakira from the Guardian

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9 responses to “Marge gets ‘bunnied’

  1. Great blog about Marge Simpson.

    What I want to know is: Why is she so tall and thin, if she represents the ‘average’ American woman, or a satire of same?

    And how does Marge inspire girls to be different?

  2. I wonder what part (if any) Matt Groening played in this decision? He likes to portray himself as an alt. kinda guy – curating ATP f’rinstance – and yet here’s one of his creations being used to peddle skinmags… mind you, Fox are hardly champions of left liberalism, are they?

  3. Lisa would never pose for Playboy when she grows up – she’s a committed feminist.

  4. Yes, my first thought about this was disappointment that Groening and the makers of the Simpsons had anything at all to do with this.

  5. I thought your article was brilliant. As a youth worker I’m glad to see someone exposing this kind of thing. I couldnt really fit all I wanted to say here, so i put it here instead: http://understandingalice.blogspot.com/2009/10/relentless-march-of-image.html

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  7. I’m glad to see I’m not the only person who was bothered by this. So true about Fox hardly being champions of left liberalism but then, alot of the left doesn’t have a problem with the constant sexualization of women we see in the media either.

  8. If Marge Simpson represents the average American woman as you suggest, then I think this cover should be applauded. All women have the right to take ownership of their sexuality, and if that means being comfortable with expressing it in public, especially in a medium like Playboy, where one would expect to see not your average woman, but a busty blonde, then good for them.

  9. I must say I am surprised that anyone sees Marge Simpson as a heroine. i’ve always thought her a terrible fool, always doing what Homer tells her no matter how idiotic he is. And she has no control over the ghastly Bart whatsoever. She’s hopeless.

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