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November 19, 2004

I Believe In You

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The Flea's adamantine commitment to the latest in Kylie-media coverage meant recent plastic surgery charges had to be investigated immediately. It is with some hesitance that I point Flea-readers to the video for "I Believe In You", Kylie's Scissor Sisters single. Behold the slightly troubling wonder that is our transhuman future!

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One British commentator has even described her appearance in I Believe In You as "eerie". In the video of the single, recorded with camp rock group Scissor Sisters, the 36-year-old former Neighbours star gyrates inside a neon globe in a series of revealing outfits.

Nothing different there, but her lips look distinctly larger than usual. Sparkly make-up on her eyebrows completes the strange picture.

Update: To any humourless right-wing anti-sex bigots pretending to be concerned with the objectification of women even as their rhetoric reifies that objectification, some advice. First, read some Judith Butler. Also Donna Haraway and Catherine Walby. These are voices of an authentic, engaged contemporary feminism that, in my reading, offers a far more complex understanding of gender and power than a condescending, warmed-up Victorian petticoat paternalism. Second, this is Kylie Minogue gay icon. It is puritanism masquerading as concern, not Kylie Minogue's self-representation, that objectifies women.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 19, 2004 07:01 AM

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Comments

Your committment to Kylie news truly forces you to do very unpleasant things. I commend you on your dedication to sit and slog through every Kylie video and picture for our protection. Thank you, Flea.

Posted by: Chaos Overlord at November 19, 2004 10:04 AM

Plastic surgery - just say no.

Posted by: Eric at November 19, 2004 12:03 PM

So is this another case of you kiss her, you kiss her arse?

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge at November 19, 2004 02:15 PM

Chaost Overlord: It is dirty work but someone must shoulder the burden.

Eric: I am inclined to agree.

Andrew: You don't want to know the words I am not typing! (The nerve of offering criticism of Kylie in this forum!)

Posted by: Flea at November 19, 2004 04:52 PM