Lubricated Naiads

As I’ve commented before, if one has a message that is in protest against someone or something, one should be cognizant of the imagery one uses. It does little or no good for one’s cause if the imagery you use to get attention actually provides a “positive” image of what you’re protesting.

Such was largely the case with the Surfrider Foundation’s 2011 “Oil Bikini” calendar.

Sorry, as much as I love the oceans and take issue with the wanton destruction of our maritime environment, this calendar is just not making me angry about the Gulf Oil Spill. If anything, the thought of pretty young women wearing nothing but oil strikes me as a “golden lining” in the situation, at least at the hindbrain level.

From Surfrider’s earlier Press release:

Last years oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico left a deep impression in peoples minds. To remember this catastrophe, we have a created a calendar with photos of young naiads covered in oilThis calendar, which will be offered to all members of Surfrider Foundation Europe, is also designed to help recruit new volunteers

By way of mitigation, the calendar was marketed as stress relief to current members of the organization; it wasn’t designed as a public push campaign. On the other hand, as proven by my posting of this, everything goes onto the internet and parts of it will stay there long after any thought of context has faded away.

Related Reading:

Gulf Oil Spill (Disaster Alert!)
The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes
Feminisms Matter: Debates, Theories, Activism
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
The Woman in the Window: A Novel

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