PBS never ceases to amaze me, I'll tell you that. Last night their American Masters show decided that it was fitting to highlight Marilyn Monroe! I'm still shaking my head.
For someone whose claim to fame is her obvious in-your-face sexuality, I suppose she was a bit "ahead of her time" in that regard, but, is she really worth putting on American Masters?
The show, as I remember it, paraded many people, men and women, who had met and/or photographed Monroe. Each one commented on how "luminous" and beautiful she was in person. They all seemed rather obsessed with her looks, and her "star quality."
I was equally puzzled by MS Magazine's Gloria Steinam's fascination with her. Is she worthy of feminist study because she was "exploited" by men? Would she have been so exploited if she didn't allow it and encourage it by the public persona she cultivated?
Is such "fame" worth it in the end? Does one really need to be a "star"?
In a way, Marilyn Monroe was ahead of her time. Now, unfortunately, many, many women, young and not so young, feel that cultivating physical attractiveness is the goal for females in this culture, while at the same time, decrying the resulting behavior of others (mainly males) as wholly without logic and reason.