Spectres of Mark
scissors said:I know, Mark, you have derided Kylie in the past for being a blank slate upon which any male fantasy can be projected, but isn't RS in some ways the distillation of this very blankness? So much so, that maybe indifference or even repulsion is the only "sensible" widespread response? I wonder if the problem is this very paradox of ineffectualness being the effect.
Think this is right about RS - part of the problem is that she has been so inappropriately marketed. Her appeal is GirlNextDoor not sex siren - she looked so uncomfortable in the LA Ex vid trying to vamp it up and she's never seemed happy since.
But I don't think Kylie is a 'blank slate' that anticipates and invites male het desire so much as a 'filled-out' slate simperingly subordinated to an already-existing model of what that desire is. Kylie's blankness lies behind the facade - what is the 'real' Kylie like, beyond the professional showgirl performance? We don't know or care. RS's blankness, by contrast, is all up front. With Kylie there is a near total identification with the performance (theatre-school/ sex worker professionalism); with RS it is beginning to look as if 'Rachel Stevens' exists only in the gap of discomfort/ disavowal lying between half-hearted performance and underdeveloped 'personality'.