Throat Punch Thursday – Miss Bimbo
By Kristen Daukas on April 12, 2012
What’s Throat Punch Thursday? It’s a day that fellow blogger, Deborah Cruz dedicates to taking a topic or person or stupid action (or all of them combined) and unleashes on them a good, old- fashioned ass whipping.
Today, I’m borrowing from her and doing the same.
This past Monday as I so often do, I was sitting here minding my own business, hanging with the Rooster, watching Two Broke Girls (have you watched that show? It’s hysterical) and cruising thru the Interwebz. All of a sudden, my touchpad took a wrong turn and there in front of me was this little image:
Now those of you who know me, know that it’s not often that I’m speechless but that’s exactly what I was. I was speechless.. mortified.. disgusted and last but not least – not that surprised.
Miss Bimbo is a site that is marketed to young girls where they’re encouraged to create their ultimate Bimbo and play along with other Bimbos – doing jobs (who knows what kind) to earn money so they can buy more clothes, have more adventures and furnish their stylin’ apartment. It’s kind of like Polly World but with implants and a nose job.
I’m not sure where to begin with all the things wrong with this site. So I’m just going to hit the ones that disgust me the most.
1) As the mom to three girls, I am constantly struggling with society’s attempt at sinking their teeth in my kids. From the constant stream of what they consider beautiful and the fact that no photo the girls look at hasn’t been photoshopped into perfection, it’s nothing short of exhausting. Explaining to them, that “no, you do NOT have to have UGGs, Toms, Abercrombie” or whatever else is being forced down their throat by the kids at school is not fun but I refuse to have them think that who they are is defined by what they wear or how they look. I don’t need a crap site like this coming along and trying to suck them in and reinforcing everything that I’m fighting against.
2) I use a lot of colorful terms to describe less than pleasant people but even I have a hard time reducing someone all the way down to the bottom of the barrel and calling them a Bimbo. I don’t even use it in a joking around “I’m just playing witcha” kind of way.
According to Wikipedia, A Bimbo describes a woman who acts in a sexually promiscuous manner. The term can also be used to describe a woman who is physically attractive but is perceived to have a low intelligence or poor education. The term itself is not explicitly negative, but is most often used as a derogative insult towards a woman.
And you want my KIDS to play your game? Seriously.. you couldn’t think of ONE better name for your site?
3) The site was created by a woman. Back up and read that again. I’ve met a few women in my time who I thought needed their “sisterhood” card revoked, but this one takes the cake.
Do you hear that sound? That’s the sound of all of the women in history who fought for our rights rolling over in their fricking graves.
Here’s a snippet off the “about” page where the creator lets us see inside her candy shell:
My name is Cindy aka Miss Bimbo!
I created this game in 2006 combining my passion for fashion and technology.
I am just an ordinary California girl. I love sports, my family, friends and fashion! I work as a senior software programmer at facebook which is really cool.
In my spare time I hang out with my friends and online here. I guess my friends would describe me a typical bimbo (but my boobs are real!).
I was outraged to find out the creator was female but a cousin of mine made a very interesting statement when we were discussing it on Facebook. Lisa said: “It doesn’t surprise me that its creator is female. Your dad and I had a discussion about this subject. I said a woman will not ever be president because women won’t support them. They are the first to sell each other out.”
And Lisa is 100% right and that whole idea will make for another post one day.
But for now, I’m giving a double Throat Punch to Cindy – aka Miss Bimbo. One for creating this nasty site in the first place that does nothing more than demean young girls without their knowing it and the second one for throwing every single one of us in the sisterhood under the bus on her way to do it.
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