All girls want to be a Pussycat Doll

At least according to the brains behind "The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll."

Published January 23, 2007 7:44PM (EST)

I can't help commenting further on the Washington Post article mentioned yesterday in "What Else We're Reading" about the press conference surrounding the CW network's upcoming show, "The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll," in which American women vie for a spot as the seventh Pussycat. I mean, there are plenty of things in the world to get pissed off about, but there are things that are so ridiculous that you just have to laugh -- like, for example, this press conference.

Does everyone have a clear picture in their mind of what the Pussycat Dolls look like? You know, the six-woman group responsible for those women's-lib hits "Loosen Up My Buttons" and "Don't Cha Wish Your Girlfriend Was Hot Like Me"? For a refresher, check out this picture. Got it? Now consider this statement from the TV show's executive producer, McG: "Women celebrating one another being beautiful and, frankly, being appreciated by me, has been around for a long time. Under no circumstances is it shameful. And there's even a position to take [that] this is, frankly, third-wave feminism." Step aside, Gloria Steinem.

At one point during the press conference, Robin Antin, the show's creator, points to starlets like Scarlett Johansson, Gwen Stefani and Cameron Diaz who "feel that it is empowering to get up there and dress up like a doll." Antin then jumps to this sweeping conclusion: "It's something that every girl in the world ... wants to do."

As we pointed out yesterday, the article's a must-read for the ridiculousness of the show's creator and producers, who manage to alienate an entire roomful of reporters by their insistence that the Pussycat Dolls are role models, and their suggestion that the reporters are just too old to get it.

When a reporter asked why girls should "aspire to dress up like skanks and sing, 'Don't you wish your [girlfriend] was hot like me?'" McG said, "'You must understand the fundamental paradox of a gentleman of your age demo asking that very question." A reporter saucily responded, "In no way did I say I don't find the Pussycat Dolls entertaining. I think hot girls are tremendous. I'm just totally baffled at how you get from 'Dontcha wish your girlfriend was a freak like me' to 'celebrating women.'"


By Catherine Price

Catherine Price is an award-winning journalist and author of Vitamania: How Vitamins Revolutionized the Way We Think About Food. Her written and multimedia work has appeared in publications including The Best American Science Writing, The New York Times, Popular Science, O: The Oprah Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post Magazine, Salon, Slate, Men’s Journal, Mother Jones, PARADE, Health Magazine, and Outside. Price lives in Philadelphia.

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