Rak­ing in big bucks by ‘ru­in­ing women’

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

Tay­lor Swift and Katy Perry have been ac­cused of ‘‘ru­in­ing women’’ in a scathing re­view of their per­sonas.

The pop stars are among the world’s top- earn­ing mu­si­cians, rak­ing in a re­spec­tive US$ 57 mil­lion and US$45 mil­lion be­tween May 2011 to May 2012 ac­cord­ing to Forbes mag­a­zine.

In an ar­ti­cle for The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter, au­thor Camille Paglia says the pair are wind­ing back clocks to the 1950s with their win­some per­sonas.

‘‘ We’ve some­how been thrown back to the de­mure girly-girl days of the white­bread 1950s. It feels pos­i­tively night­mar­ish to sur­vivors like me of that rigidly con­form­ist and man­pleas­ing era, when girls had to be sim­ple, peppy, cheer­ful and mod­est,’’ she writes.

Paglia points out singers like Doris Day, Deb­bie Reynolds and San­dra Dee, who she says helped to op­press women of their era.

Twenty- two- year- old Swift’s ‘‘ golly, gee whiz’’ at­ti­tude, and Perry play­ing the ‘‘wide-eyed teen-queen’’ at the age of 28 are no bet­ter, she ar­gues.

The writer goes on to call the pair ‘‘ in­sipid’’, with Swift hav­ing lit­tle more to of­fer in her lyrics than com­plaints about boyfriends.

She mean­while com­pares the Fire­work hit­maker to a ‘‘ ma­niac cy­borg cheer­leader’’.

‘‘ Katy Perry’s schizophre­nia – good-girl mask over trash and flash – is a symp­tom of what has gone wrong,’’ Paglia writes.

The singers have not yet is­sued state­ments on the com­men­tary.

Paglia is the best-sell­ing au­thor of Sex­ual Per­sonae and Break, Blow, Burn.

WIN­NERS: David Henry School are the win­ners of the pri­mary di­vi­sion at the Raukawa Nga Taonga Takaro In­ter­school Pri­mary/ In­ter­me­di­ate Tour­na­ment – Toko­roa Clus­ter 2012. The tour­na­ment was held re­cently at Toko­roa Me­mo­rial Sports Grounds and in­cluded teams from Strath­more Pri­mary School, David Henry School, Toko­roa Norths, Bishop Ed­ward Gaines Catholic School, Tainui Full Pri­mary School, Am­is­field Pri­mary School, Te Kura Kau­papa Maori O Te Hiringa and Toko­roa In­ter­me­di­ate. Teams com­peted in Ki-o-Rahi - Rippa with the ob­jec­tive be­ing to in­crease phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity for chil­dren, and in­crease learn­ing and un­der­stand­ing of Maori cul­ture, val­ues and lan­guage as well as pro­mot­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion for all.

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