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Geek Love offers instances in which the female characters especially experience the damaging effects of the culture's deep-seated obsession with beauty and sexual desirability. This obsession can make life more difficult for individuals in the book. Oly is not accepted in her family because she is not strange enough, but the rest of society does not accept her because she is abnormal to them. However, sometimes it is to the benefit of the individual to have a culture that revolves around beauty and sexual desirability such as Miranda's regained self-esteem and income because of the men's fetish with abnormalities. Miss Lick was not known as the so-called "popular" girl in high school. She was teased and taunted for her appearance that others did not find beautiful or sexually desirable. Miss Lick finds women whose looks distract them from being able to do things that she feels they would be able to do if they were not as attractive: "Miss Lick's purpose is to liberate women who are liable to be exploited by male hungers. Those exploitable women are, in Miss Lick's view, the pretty ones. She feels great pity for them. Linda's transformation gave her the idea. If all these pretty women could shed the traits that made men want them (their prettiness) then they would no longer depend on their own exploitability but would use their talents and intelligence to become powerful. Miss Lick has great faith in the truth of this theory. She herself is an example of what can be accomplished by one unencumbered by natural beauty. So am I." (Dunn, 162). This theory may not hold up, however, if the girl that goes through the surgery is not capable of becoming smarter and more powerful. If this girl were to go through the surgery they would be less attractive in all aspects and be completely out of work because they would not have any good qualities. The motive behind Miss Lick is not to help liberate women, but rather to make them less sexually desired for their beauty and to suffer like she did. It is some sort of revenge that she wants to take for her low self-esteem as a result of not being desired. Miranda is a beautiful young girl that many people desire. She has an abnormality that was usually causes her to feel self-conscious and have low self-esteem in the conformed beauty obsessed world. Miranda only wears skirts for comfort and to hide her tail. She feels this way about her difference until she began working at the Glass House. The Glass House is a strip club that not only encourages abnormalities but practically requires them in order to have a full time spot on the stage. The men at the strip club enjoy her show; "The men in front of me stood up, leaning forward, slapping each other's shoulders and sending out the high-pitched long-toned soooooo-eeeee's of pig callers." (Dunn, 17). She feels accepted and desired at the Glass House because of the applause of the men and the pay for being the way she is: "She was down to her G-string with the fluffy lace plume on her rump, she had her thumbs hooked in it, looking over her shoulder at the crowd, she was waving her ass in a slow semaphore of invitation. The frowning blonde at the table had her chin in her hand. The men were hooting and grunting and watching with smiles. I held my breath, blinked and she pulled the plume down, unsnapped the G-string and whipped it off with a flourish, waving her ass still, her head tipped up and an unmistakable giggle bubbling out of her as she revealed the thin, curling tail that jutted out from the end of her spine and bounced just above her round buttocks." (Dunn, 17). Oly, her mother, always felt that she needed to be stranger to be desired and did not understand the consideration Miranda has about removing her tail. Olympia had always been treated poorly in her family when she was growing up because she was not as abnormal as all the other children. Arty even told her that the only reason that they decided to keep Oly was because they had lost the baby before her and needed one to console Lil for her loss of the last pregnancy. Oly stated that all she wanted from Arturo was to be needed. She only wanted to be desired by someone; and in the end she never was sexually desired. She had a fling with the Pin Kid but he never really even liked her as Oly had thought and hoped he did. She later realized that she never really loved Arty, it was more of a focus and a desire to be desired by him. The scene when Oly is at the Glass House and is pulled on stage is a time of mixed emotions regarding how she feels about herself: "The laughter is fierce and the band is loud, but barely loud enough, as I lift my thin arms and waggle my hands and bob to the light, and my knees begin to shift in what my body calls dance, waving my hump at the crowd, the light warming my scalp and burning into my unprotected eyes. My big shoes thump at the ends of my little legs, and I am proud with my arrow tits flapping toward my knees..." This is not the common idea of beauty standards that would be considered sexy in today's culture. "...The twisting of my hump feels good against the warm air and the sweat of my bald head runs down into my bald eyes and stings with brightness and the spirit of the waggling hump moves over the stage and catches red pants, hairy bellies, and all, while I stamp on my buttonless blouse, slide on the tangled elastic harness, and open my near-blind eyes wide so they can see that there is true pink there- the raw albino eye in the lashless sockets-and it is good. How proud I am, dancing in the air full of eyes rubbing at me uncovered, unable to look away because of what I am. Those poor hope toads behind me are silent. I've conquered them. They thought to use and shame me but I win out by nature, because a true freak cannot be made. A true freak must be born." (Dunn, 20). In this scene Oly is proud of herself and accepts herself which causes others to accept her and cheer her on. Though the crowd may have some sort of fetish with abnormalities, they admire her bravery and confidence. It is empowering for Oly but only for a moment and then the glory vanishes as she is offered a full time job. She then feels embarrassed and inferior. Oly feels that Miranda's tail was a gift she was born with that makes her desirable. Oly always wants to be more strange and knew that she could not compete with the Siamese twins. Elly and Iphy are attractive young girls, similar to the real life scenario of the Hilton sisters. They were trained to be performers and musicians. This drew in the crowds early on. But as they grew older people were drawn in for more "freakish reasons," as one of the interviewees stated in Bound by Flesh: The Amazing Story of Daisy and Violet Hilton. The twins from Geek Love became tired of being constantly ordered by Arty, and under his supervision, as did Violet and Daisy becoming sick of their guardian, Meyer Meyers. Neither set of twins ever really got to physically handle money. They were not given an allowance for their earnings. All choices and ideas had to be passed by the boss. Elly and Iphy decided to liberate themselves from their everyday commands and begin their own form of business: prostitution. Parallel to the Binewski sisters, when the Hilton sisters became aware of their rights and broke free from Meyer Meyers, they had to make their own new way of business: burlesque. Men only desired Elly and Iphy sexually. They were never cuddled, held, or hugged. It was not love, but rather just making love. Daisy and Violet were booed off of the stage because they were not as sexually desirable to the male audience as the other nude women in burlesque. However, they did become sexually active, and Daisy became pregnant. Daisy had the baby but gave it up for adoption. Iphy had the baby; and Mumpo was murdered shortly after. Neither set of twins wanted to be separated. As soon as they were born doctors were poking and prodding. Daisy and Violet were only connected by tissue and it would be a surgery that could be done without losing any lives. Elly and Iphy could not be separated without the occurrence of a death. Arty requested it initially when Dr. Phyllis arrived probably for somewhat selfish reasons to be with Iphy and requested it later again for revenge. Both sets of twins realized how cruel the people are in the world with their selfish sexual desires and became justifiably bitter. The women that worked the popcorn booths were required to dye their hair red. There were many different accounts that were noted by Norval Sanderson as to the reasoning behind the red hair. Al reported that it was a visual consistency. It was part of a uniform according to him. He felt that it gave a cheerful impression to be consistent with the rest of the business and hold it together. It also helps the customers identify the employees. Crystal Lil claimed that it was because Al always had a fondness for that hair color and it made it easier to pick their girls out in a crowd. One of the redheads theories was "...Al, the boss, has a thing against red hair and Crystal Lil makes sure he doesn't fool around on her by making every girl on the lot wear this damned torch color..." (Dunn, 222). In this example the women are being made undesirable to Al by Crystal Lil to avoid adultery.
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The Liberation Of Women In Greek Love

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              Geek Love offers instances in which the female characters especially experience the damaging effects of the culture's deep-seated obsession with beauty and sexual desirability. This obsession can make life more difficult for individuals in the book. Oly is not accepted in her family because she is not strange enough, but the rest of society does not accept her because she is abnormal to them. However, sometimes it is to the benefit of the individual to have a culture that revolves around beauty and sexual desirability such as Miranda's regained self-esteem and income because of the men's fetish with abnormalities.
             
              Miss Lick was not known as the so-called "popular" girl in high school. She was teased and taunted for her appearance that others did not find beautiful or sexually desirable. Miss Lick finds women whose looks distract them from being able to do things that she feels they would be able to do if they were not as attractive: "Miss Lick's purpose is to liberate women who are liable to be exploited by male hungers. Those exploitable women are, in Miss Lick's view, the pretty ones. She feels great pity for them. Linda's transformation gave her the idea. If all these pretty women could shed the traits that made men want them (their prettiness) then they would no longer depend on their own exploitability but would use their talents and intelligence to become powerful. Miss Lick has great faith in the truth of this theory. She herself is an example of what can be accomplished by one unencumbered by natural beauty. So am I. " (Dunn, 162). This theory may not hold up, however, if the girl that goes through the surgery is not capable of becoming smarter and more powerful. If this girl were to go through the surgery they would be less attractive in all aspects and be completely out of work because they would not have any good qualities. The motive behind Miss Lick is not to help liberate women, but rather to make them less sexually desired for their beauty and to suffer like she did. It is some sort of revenge that she wants to take for her low self-esteem as a result of not being desired.
             
              Miranda is a beautiful young girl that many people desire. She has an abnormality that was usually causes her to feel self-conscious and have low self-esteem in the conformed beauty obsessed world. Miranda only wears skirts for comfort and to hide her tail. She feels this way about her difference until she began working at the Glass House. The Glass House is a strip club that not only encourages abnormalities but practically requires them in order to have a full time spot on the stage. The men at the strip club enjoy her show; "The men in front of me stood up, leaning forward, slapping each other's shoulders and sending out the high-pitched long-toned soooooo-eeeee's of pig callers. " (Dunn, 17). She feels accepted and desired at the Glass House because of the applause of the men and the pay for being the way she is: "She was down to her G-string with the fluffy lace plume on her rump, she had her thumbs hooked in it, looking over her shoulder at the crowd, she was waving her ass in a slow semaphore of invitation. The frowning blonde at the table had her chin in her hand. The men were hooting and grunting and watching with smiles. I held my breath, blinked and she pulled the plume down, unsnapped the G-string and whipped it off with a flourish, waving her ass still, her head tipped up and an unmistakable giggle bubbling out of her as she revealed the thin, curling tail that jutted out from the end of her spine and bounced just above her round buttocks. " (Dunn, 17). Oly, her mother, always felt that she needed to be stranger to be desired and did not understand the consideration Miranda has about removing her tail.
             
              Olympia had always been treated poorly in her family when she was growing up because she was not as abnormal as all the other children. Arty even told her that the only reason that they decided to keep Oly was because they had lost the baby before her and needed one to console Lil for her loss of the last pregnancy. Oly stated that all she wanted from Arturo was to be needed. She only wanted to be desired by someone; and in the end she never was sexually desired. She had a fling with the Pin Kid but he never really even liked her as Oly had thought and hoped he did. She later realized that she never really loved Arty, it was more of a focus and a desire to be desired by him. The scene when Oly is at the Glass House and is pulled on stage is a time of mixed emotions regarding how she feels about herself: "The laughter is fierce and the band is loud, but barely loud enough, as I lift my thin arms and waggle my hands and bob to the light, and my knees begin to shift in what my body calls dance, waving my hump at the crowd, the light warming my scalp and burning into my unprotected eyes. My big shoes thump at the ends of my little legs, and I am proud with my arrow tits flapping toward my knees. . . " This is not the common idea of beauty standards that would be considered sexy in today's culture. ". . . The twisting of my hump feels good against the warm air and the sweat of my bald head runs down into my bald eyes and stings with brightness and the spirit of the waggling hump moves over the stage and catches red pants, hairy bellies, and all, while I stamp on my buttonless blouse, slide on the tangled elastic harness, and open my near-blind eyes wide so they can see that there is true pink there- the raw albino eye in the lashless sockets-and it is good. How proud I am, dancing in the air full of eyes rubbing at me uncovered, unable to look away because of what I am. Those poor hope toads behind me are silent. I've conquered them. They thought to use and shame me but I win out by nature, because a true freak cannot be made. A true freak must be born. " (Dunn, 20). In this scene Oly is proud of herself and accepts herself which causes others to accept her and cheer her on. Though the crowd may have some sort of fetish with abnormalities, they admire her bravery and confidence. It is empowering for Oly but only for a moment and then the glory vanishes as she is offered a full time job. She then feels embarrassed and inferior. Oly feels that Miranda's tail was a gift she was born with that makes her desirable. Oly always wants to be more strange and knew that she could not compete with the Siamese twins.
             
              Elly and Iphy are attractive young girls, similar to the real life scenario of the Hilton sisters. They were trained to be performers and musicians. This drew in the crowds early on. But as they grew older people were drawn in for more "freakish reasons," as one of the interviewees stated in Bound by Flesh: The Amazing Story of Daisy and Violet Hilton. The twins from Geek Love became tired of being constantly ordered by Arty, and under his supervision, as did Violet and Daisy becoming sick of their guardian, Meyer Meyers. Neither set of twins ever really got to physically handle money. They were not given an allowance for their earnings. All choices and ideas had to be passed by the boss. Elly and Iphy decided to liberate themselves from their everyday commands and begin their own form of business: prostitution. Parallel to the Binewski sisters, when the Hilton sisters became aware of their rights and broke free from Meyer Meyers, they had to make their own new way of business: burlesque. Men only desired Elly and Iphy sexually. They were never cuddled, held, or hugged. It was not love, but rather just making love. Daisy and Violet were booed off of the stage because they were not as sexually desirable to the male audience as the other nude women in burlesque. However, they did become sexually active, and Daisy became pregnant. Daisy had the baby but gave it up for adoption. Iphy had the baby; and Mumpo was murdered shortly after. Neither set of twins wanted to be separated. As soon as they were born doctors were poking and prodding. Daisy and Violet were only connected by tissue and it would be a surgery that could be done without losing any lives. Elly and Iphy could not be separated without the occurrence of a death. Arty requested it initially when Dr. Phyllis arrived probably for somewhat selfish reasons to be with Iphy and requested it later again for revenge. Both sets of twins realized how cruel the people are in the world with their selfish sexual desires and became justifiably bitter.
             
              The women that worked the popcorn booths were required to dye their hair red. There were many different accounts that were noted by Norval Sanderson as to the reasoning behind the red hair. Al reported that it was a visual consistency. It was part of a uniform according to him. He felt that it gave a cheerful impression to be consistent with the rest of the business and hold it together. It also helps the customers identify the employees. Crystal Lil claimed that it was because Al always had a fondness for that hair color and it made it easier to pick their girls out in a crowd. One of the redheads theories was ". . . Al, the boss, has a thing against red hair and Crystal Lil makes sure he doesn't fool around on her by making every girl on the lot wear this damned torch color. . . " (Dunn, 222). In this example the women are being made undesirable to Al by Crystal Lil to avoid adultery.
             
             
-Katherine Dunn
Love Essay 
Works Cited
Bound by flesh [Motion picture on DVD]. (2012).
Dunn, K. (1989). Geek love. New York, NY: Knopf :.
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