So I was watching one of my favorite shows, Community, yesterday and it got my attention in a more-than-entertainment kind of way. One of the episode’s plot points was that the two young, attractive girls of the group were working together in an effort to raise money for the Gulf of Mexico after the oil spill.
One girl stood on her soapbox, yelling at people about how mankind was destroying the environment and that nobody understands how serious the plight of these affected lifeforms is. The other batted her eyelashes, twirled her hair and giggled. The first barely made any money, the second made a bunch.
The unbalanced earnings caused bitter feelings from the first, fact spewing girl toward the other. She accused her of selling out her sex, which she very much was. But at what cost? She was still raising money for an important cause. But she was also allowing men to think she was a helpless, stupid girl.
If you were raising money for something you were passionate about – vaccines, say – would you bat your eyelashes or flex your muscles, knowing it was exploiting your sex? Do you think it’s ok to put on an act in certain situations as long as the outcome is positive?