Interesting is how a person who is chased, followed, persecuted and hunted can be a perfect image and how much work does it take to keep that image up. Desired, stared at, a cutout, part played, a poster and a perfect product which has been prepared and designed by herself realized within an industry for many reasons, or maybe reasons are very simple and few. She wants to be this almost a nonperson but strictly hyper female, an entertainer with seemingly light presence but still extremely heavy impact. Peculiar mixture of feather floating in the air and tragedy of a culture, a woman, emotions following when this feather does not perform anymore, when she ceases to exist as a living person and becomes fully merchandised. A mere idol not in any case, she has a story which plays the major role. Where she comes from (excellent novel Blond by Joyce Carol Oates focuses on the story of an abandoned girl based on biography of Norma Jean Baker, partly imagined as she is). A money maker shaking as much as a mark maker who is controlling her image but is strictly under control monitored. As it seems to have been for Marilyn Monroe she was being carefully watched, observed like a specimen for something beautiful to look at but not appreciated as a thinking performing artist as she wanted to be, not given character roles as she thought happened to her. What was her character other than the posing delight? Roles for women weren’t something to be played with. To know what the expectations are and play accordingly. To do something special and artistic in front of camera was to be daring, broken, problematic, profound and mysterious. Scandalous for a woman was to act like a man, demand something better than, have dimensions and will of her own. Still Marilyn played roles of women who knew how to get what they wanted, how to reach out to their dreams. What kinds of dreams was she allowed to have? What was possible for her? Same kinds of dreams girls have today?
Why are you interested in a bimbo, I have been asked. I don’t think her as a bimbo. It is false and distracting. Sexiness and seductiveness do not mean brainlessness. To be feminine is still seen opposite to reasonable and rational. Why do I go back to her again? Her case is extraordinary in a frame where extraordinary meant to realize what was expected of her putting that to an expound still, a gorgeous living shell. To be more than the expectations but to do the expected and nothing more is hard thing to do, a tight-rope, a corset. No wonder she was followed. People waited her to make mistakes. Ironically this is an expectation for her to make her happen as sexual desirable icon to whom many kinds of feelings and thoughts are targeted. The moment when she could not stick to her artificial frame anymore, when she got drunk and out of control, when she could not keep it in her role, when her life didn’t go as planned but fell apart, when things, life and people could not be tuned to follow paranoid fascist rules and predatory celebrity culture. When she brakes the rules hell brakes loose. She represents danger as default and exaggerates this quality, becomes the whore she is, a failure who can’t keep up the speed, a sad figure who has problems, cries in front of cameras, weak human, a woman who is flesh and blood and is to be eaten.
Phenomenon of a bimbo is culturally important as it is to partly exclude, point out what is interesting in women, put aside, hate, poke, use and discard as it is to despise people who look beautiful (sounds odd doesn’t it), are more than most and to keep alive the main function of women for many: to please, look nice and be nice, bring pleasure but not to do anything they are not supposed to. That is true despise, not admiration. Importance is in the interest, where interest lies, what things are paid attention to, why are we interested in certain people to the extent of mania and obsession, what are the things we pay attention to in people and why sexual arousal of mind is crucial in money making, in making movies, why we are so interested in sexy photos. Seduction and sex appeal play such huge role in entertainment, in women’s lives and in everything that questioning it is not irrelevant. Living in denial and having release in exposure. What is in idea of a bimbo, eternal the beauty? Everything. Everything to want, pieces of her, fun of hers, life of hers, to be wanted which is mistaken for love. Her loving the viewers. Bimbo looks for love, for sex, partners, gazes, admirers who watch. She feeds from cult of a bimbo entertainer. It is the presumption which is placed on all women. It is her evil side into which she drowns which drowning she enjoys. The bigger she grow the bigger the pleasure or disaster. She plays her role to the death. Such devotion and dedication is a talent.
To create a role to play in front of millions of people and play that being with every cell, every move, pose, every facial expression is practiced, carefully made up to sculpt a persona in detail. No life of a bimbo without calculative manipulation which matches up the role where bimbo uses her being, body and role to make money and fame for herself and for the machine which takes her, made her. To create an idol is to seduce, understand seduction.