Posted by: Tony Carson | 18 September, 2007

Why do women hero-worship other women?

The rapturous look on the attentive faces of your average Oprah audience is scary.

It is a severe form of the same face seen in other female audiences, part worship, part adoration and all blind obedience.

What is the dynamic here? Where does this utter devotion spring from? And why are we seeing so much of it these days?

You can see The Look in the faces of the women who hang with Hillary, absolute certainty that proximity to the (nearly) all powerful is all-empowering; no vestige of doubt, no hint of dissent.

The male equivalent is the adoration of the suck-up but this look is so obviously mindless it is the antithesis of empowering, it laughably diminishes.

So what’s up with The Look? Has anyone read anything about it? And where does it fit into contemporary feminism?

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  1. And where does it fit into contemporary feminism?

    It’s pop culture you’re talking about – I’d consider the relationship to be superficial, if it exists at all.


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