To Booby Or Not To Booby?

Interesting discussiong going on (still) regarding Boobygate. You remember the whole thing about the Pammy video? Well, there is an interesting, um, well, war going on between some of my favorite posters, with John Hawkins of Right Wing News on one side and Beth of MY Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, Raven of And Rightly So, Beth at Blue Star Chronicles, and Stacy of Still Stacy on the other side, regarding the use of, let's say, assets, to get traffic. I'm sorry I was in meetings most of the day Tuesday.

To throw in my 1 1/2 cents, I am a man, and like to look at hotties. And, I like reading alot of female blogs. I've said it before. They often bring a very different and intellectual perspective to the table. I have quite a few women blogs on my sidebar, because I like reading them. I like what they write. I read MVRWC and Still Stacy (back when she had Not a Desperate Housewife) before I knew what they looked like. I have no idea what Raven or Beth at Blue Star Chronicles look like, nor Little Miss Attila, Janet from Common Sense Runs Wild, Jody at God Divas (or her previous sites,) etc. I know what a few others, such as Greta at Hooah Wife and Julie at Julie with a B, look like. You know what? It doesn't matter! (If I left anyone out, sorry)

I think the point that was missed in all this, particularly from John's side, is that there is nothing wrong with some cheesecake. We all post stuff like that (except the left. Frowns and flabby butts are not attractive). I do. Heck, that is part of what the Patriotic Pinups are about! But is using ones "assets" to make the news proper in a political/news site?

To put a fine point on it, there are hotties and, I suppose, hunks on the news. That is what the media goes for. Heck, I perk up when someone like Juliet Huddy or Rachel Nichols at ESPN is on. But, while they are pretty (and I never get to see Rachel's legs), the use of sex appeal is not done to a point where it overshadows the message.

Imaging if the talking heads came out wearing speedo's and bikini's. What would that say of the message? Would it be about the message or about the tits and ass (or other things?) Did they cross the line between using said assets for a little boost too simply pandering for ratings? Would it be the same as Naked News (NSFW)? Does anyone actually listen, and respect, Naked News?

The message should be the primary interest, not the boobs. If I want boobs, there are unending amounts on Al Gore's Internet. If I want news/sports/politics, I'll go where I am not being patronized nor pandered to.

Update:

I would be remiss if I didn't mention the always wonderful Cass of Villainous Company, who I have been reading since she was back at I Love Jet Noise. Again, no clue what Cass looks like, and, again, doesn't make a friggin' difference!

And, a wonderful post by Wild Thing on the subject. I was able to see what she looked like, and she actually looks familiar from some of her acting gigs. And, you know what? Doesn't make a freakin' difference, because, until today, I never popped in because of her looks, because, until today, I didn't know what she looked like!

You know, they say there are three things that people want: power, prestige, or wealth. In the Blogosphere, it is hits, links, or respect (well, in the Left-o-sphere it is about really about derangement, raising money for Democrats, and who has the best conspiracy theories.) I have never done much to kick the hits up, and have done some to kick the links up. I would much rather have respect, and, I read all the aforementioned ladies because of respect for them.

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23 Responses to “To Booby Or Not To Booby?”

  1. beth says:

    Nice post!

    I have no idea what Raven or Beth at Blue Star Chronicles look like…

    I’m drop dead gorgeous – but that’s not the point πŸ™‚ j/k

    When you have the sides lined up the way you do – it looks like the one guy on ‘the other side’ is pretty much outnumbered. Ya think? lol

    BTW – I get a kick out of your pin-ups!

  2. “I’m drop dead gorgeous – but that’s not the point” Exactly!

    If you slapped your picture up on the blog, that would be great, but it wouldn’t change the content. If you used your picture to overshadow the content, or cover up poor content, then that would be a problem. WHich is what Pammy is doing. To be honest, she may get hits that kick my ass, but, I find her almost unreadable. Cleavage doesn’t change that.

  3. funny. Aksimet puts my own comments in as spam today. Not logged in in Firefox.

  4. Raven says:

    Hey I’m pretty darn good looking. I’ve been called a HOTTIE for years by many. I’m not fat. I’m not ugly. I’m not drop dead gorgeous though either. LOL

    And I have boobies that I want to keep to myself, and Hawkins has no business telling me or Beth- and all women-that we basically amount to nothing if we don’t share; that our site hits won’t be as good and that we won’t be popular.

    He’s a man, I know. I have no issue with men looking. In fact I would be devasted if they didn’t look!! We women need that feedback, in REAL LIFE , in REAL TIME where people can exchange more than just looks. With blogs, the exchanges get downright rude,crude, degrading and just raunchy (via comments). Men KNOW how to control themselves. They can hold themselves to a better standard. In this blog world though they chose not to. They turn into animals that turn away women. Plain and simple. I don’t want THOSE kinds of readers. No thanks.

    Thanks for link Teach!!

  5. You’re darn right, Raven. It shouldn’t be about that stuff, but a few want to pervert it.

    Hey, I love that header graphic on your personal site. But, I do not visit it because of the graphic.

  6. bernie says:

    As you know I like to fight world terror through humor and occasionally beautiful women. I believe American Women are one of our greatest weapons. As you might have read recently Muslims consider scantily clad women worse than the Bali Bombings. As long as Muslims equate boobies with bombs, I will continue to use this most powerful of all weapons.

  7. By all means, bernie. I do stuff like that myself.

    Now, if you started posting pictures of yourself in a speedo to get hits, that would be pandering.

    Of course, if the guys did that, we would lose readership.

  8. Janette says:

    Heh, just happy that you saw fit to include me. It’s nice to be remembered!

  9. Stacy says:

    Cass has a picture in her profile, she’s quite attractive. I am getting weary of this, but damnit; it’s not my fault Pam keeps throwing the chum out there!!

    When do we get to see you?

  10. Billy Budd says:

    If it comes down to Booby or not to Booby……….I have to go with boobies every time.

  11. Of course I remember you, Janette. You are simply wonderful!

    Stacy, there is a picture floating around the site of me, though not a real good one. Was sorta drunk, plus wet and cold. Hint: stanley.

    PS: I did not know there was a photo of Cass. Will have to check.

    Billy: please do not go there πŸ™‚

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  13. Stacy says:

    Don’t play games with me man; where’s the pic?

    Oh, and can you change the password to ‘headlights’, given the current Boobie Gate problem.

  14. William Teach says:

    code word changed, will pop the link to the photo up later. commenting via pda at the moment.

  15. William Teach says:

    Check the about me page.

  16. Janette says:

    Oh well now that’s not what I expected at all! I had visions of a, well, more piratey looking kinda guy. You aren’t even wearing a puffy shirt!

    Seriously, very nice photo Teach. I’d tell you what a good looking guy you are but then that would be considered by some to be “objectifying” you. I understand that that sort of thing is frowned upon in the blogosphere these days.

    πŸ˜‰

  17. William Teach says:

    I’ll work on some piratical wear for Halloween, get a photo taken πŸ™‚

  18. Stacy says:

    Janette, maybe we can talk him into a pirate shirt; like the Seinfeld one. Heh heh. Now that, I’d show cleavage to see.

  19. William Teach says:

    Hmmm, that seems like a challenge!

  20. Jeff H says:

    First, how ironic that in order to comment on this post about booby blogging, I have to enter the word “headlights”…hmmm…

    Anywho, I figure it this way:

    God didn’t give me massive boobs, so I’m at a clear disadvantage in getting hits based on physique.

    However, God did give me Photoshop skills (and a, um, let’s just say “reduced price” copy of PS), which I have used to garner some hits.

    What’s the difference?

    Other than the fact that, with my PS skills, I could give myself massive boobs if I wanted to. Not that it would get me hits, though, now that I think about it.

    Forget I said anything.

  21. Stacy says:

    The headlights was my idea Jeff; don’t blame poor Teach. It said deadlights, and given the topic headlights was much more appropriate.

  22. jack says:

    All this talk and Pam aka Atlas has yet to flash a bob/headlight.

    When and if she does no doubt hits will go up.

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