I’m Cali Lewis. I’m not a victim. And I haven’t appointed anyone to speak for me.
Now, there are a lot of people in this world who don’t have a voice and who do need someone to speak out for them. The poor women of India who have recently highlighted the country’s problems with gang rape. The children in war-torn, warlord ruled countries. Even under-privileged urban city youth who grow up in gang infested neighborhoods.
But models who are being professionally painted at CES? I don’t think so.
Let me back up. For those of you who haven’t heard, the team at HYPER had a booth at CES which featured semi-nude models getting body painted. They did it in conjunction with the release of a new product aimed at photographers, the Cameramator. It’s basically a remote control and viewing device that lets you use an iPad as a secondary viewing screen for DSLRs.
Despite the fact that body painting has become quite the thing to do at events with cameras around like motorcycle shows, photography shows, and about 1,000,000 other places, when ultra-feminist group Miss Representation caught a whiff of it, they had this to say:
And when we portray women as nothing more than physical objects, we are inviting others to see and treat them as such. Which – to spell it out – means we are feeding rape culture in America.
Whoa!! That’s quite the leap from artistic modeling and body-painting to “feeding rape culture”. It’s beyond irresponsible. It’s reprehensible. Do any women actually believe that? If so, that saddens me tremendously. They must have had some really tragic life experiences. But I’ve never known a man who looked at a woman, naked or clothed, and only saw a physical object.
Humans have sexual desires. It’s natural and needed for procreation. And just like women, men also have feelings. To suggest that the men who walked through the hall at CES and saw the Hyper booth would now be inclined to rape women is insulting and wrong on so many levels.
I visited the Hyper booth. Every woman I talked to in that booth was intelligent and capable. Some had MBAs. Some are engineers. They could certainly answer any question about the products at hand.
Those women were offended by the sexist attack from Miss Representation, and they told me straight up, “…those people certainly don’t represent me”!
I’m Cali Lewis. And I haven’t appointed anyone to speak for me either.