Feminist Marilyn Monroe


To describe Marilyn Monroe, you must speak in superlatives. She’s one of the first blonde bombshells and arguably the most recognizable celebrity icon of all time.

We’ve all seen Marilyn in a white dress standing over a subway grate. WHOOSH! As the train passes underneath, her dress billowing above her waist, she giggles. It’s charming and naughty at the same time, absolutely irresistible.

Marilyn was a master in front of the camera, teasing her audience into adoration. Exuding glamour and sensuality to spare, who can forget her performance of the song “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend”?

And yet, in today’s political and social context, the lyrics disappoint. Here’s a sampling:

There may come a time

When a hard-boiled employer

Thinks you’re awful nice

But get that ice or else no dice

He’s your guy

When stocks are high

But beware when they start to descend

It’s then that those louses

Go back to their spouses

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

I’ve heard of affairs

That are strictly platonic

But diamonds are a girl’s best friend

I love Marilyn, and I’d like to think that if she was alive today, she would say, “I’ll buy my own diamonds.”

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