While Object take on Girls Gone Wild, Madonna usefully poses in bra

by Rachel Bell on March 11, 2012

Madonna has called her new single Girl Gone Wild, the cover of which features her breasts. I’m not usually moved to write about Madonna, her attempts at provocation being so banal. In her continued quest to tell us that she is very sexy in a hard way and likes sex a lot, this is what she has chosen to call her single.

The Daily Mail reports that a man called Joe Francis has been in a dispute with Madonna over her choice of track title, which originally had the same name as his company Girls Gone Wild. Most Americans in touch with youth culture will have heard of Girls Gone Wild, a video series in which college girls made Joe Francis very rich and pleased with himself by getting on his bus and exposing their breasts, bottoms or vaginas or performing sexual acts for the camera in exchange for some tat/freebies. And a shot of fame I suppose. Google Girls Gone Wild and, quel surprise, recognised porn sites come up. By calling her single Girl Gone Wild, complete with ‘just look at my breasts’ shot, Madonna is, intentionally or not, aligning herself with its well established associations. I think most of the UK is, for now, oblivious to Joe Francis and his series. Ariel Levy brought the show to my attention and I heard the men liked to kick the girls off the bus afterwards, laughing at their ‘slutty’ behaviour, shaming them while framing themselves as awesomely hilarious. With teenagers saturated with propaganda telling them that female sexuality is ONLY about performance and self objectification, really, any ‘persuading’ is nothing to claim credit for. In Girls Gone Wild the girls are often drunk too.

That’s actually the titillating version of the show. The one that the trusty old Murdochs plan to bring to the UK. Here’s a teaser of the facts, thanks to human rights group Object.

‘Girls Gone Wild’ is a US porn franchise, founded by convicted criminal Joe Francis. Mantra Films, the producer of ‘Girls Gone Wild’ has been sued in the USA for filming minors in scenes of a sexual nature, and the founder Joe Francis has served time in prison for child abuse and prostitution.

And here’s a taster of the truth for one girl who got on that bus. Just one girl who made the brave choice to risk further embarrassment or shame and speak up. Again, this extract is taken directly from the website of human rights group Object. Please be warned that this extract may be triggering for some reader as it contains references to rape.

Quote from Los Angeles Times article on ‘Girls Gone Wild’, Claire Hoffman, Times Staff Writer (August 6th, 2006):

‘Szyszka says the more shots she drank, the cloudier her judgment became. She says she agreed to join Francis and his crew on the Girls Gone Wild bus. “I thought ‘Girls Gone Wild’ was like flashing, and I thought I would flash them and be done”…she was led to the back of the bus, to a small bedroom…The unseen cameraman asks her to take off her shirt, her skirt, then her underwear. She sprawls on the bed, her legs open. At his suggestion, she masturbates with a dildo… Francis enters the room at certain points… When she says she’s a virgin, he responds: “Great. You won’t be after my cameraman gets done with you.”

According to SzyszkaFrancis told the cameraman to leave and pushed her back on the bed, undid his jeans and climbed on top of her. “I said, ‘No’ twice in the beginning, and during I started saying, ‘Oh, my god, it hurts.” Afterward, she says, Francis… opened the door and told the cameraman to come back, saying, “She’s not a virgin anymore.”‘

You can help Object stop Sky Television from making male violence against girls and women and other pornography as being accepted as entertainment here.

….  much more stirring than Madonna.

Read Claire Hofffman’s expose on Joe Francis, published in the LA Times here.

ps. For more reading on Girls Gone Wild and America’s rape culture see Ariel Levy’s essential book, Female Chauvinist Pigs.

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