1982: fictional/plausible outrage at Spinal Tap for sexually humiliating a woman on the cover of “Smell the Glove,” which shows “a greased, naked woman on all fours with a dog collar around her neck and a leash, and a man’s arm extended out…holding on to the leash and pushing a black glove in her face to sniff it.”
2013: real/baffling outrage at Miley Cyrus for being sexually humiliated and objectified by Robin Thicke. Zero outrage* at Robin Thicke, even though he also sexually humiliates a bunch of naked women in his music video. He also calls them livestock.
I don’t pretend to understand all the nuances of gender politics. I just know this makes me feel gross.
*Emily informed me that “feminist blogs have been outraged about that music video for months.” This further complicates and intensifies my gross feeling.