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Chan'ad Bahraini

(Scomberomorous maculatus Bahrainius)

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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

With all this talk of boys getting aroused by lingerie-clad mannequins I was reminded of a movie that explores the logical possibilities of such a situation. If you were around in 1987 then you will surely recall a movie by the name of Mannequin. In this 80s cult classic a young man by the name of Jonathan Switcher actually falls in love with a beautiful shop display mannequin. I won't spoil the rest of the story for you, but I will tell you that the tagline for the movie was:

Just because Jonathan's fallen in love with a piece of wood, it doesn't make him a dummy.

Very appropriate. (This film is second only to maybe Ferris Bueller in the genre of retarded 80s movies).

Movies aside, I think that Muharraq councillor Majeed Karimi (Al Wefaq), who wants a ban on the mannequins, raises some important points. He says, according to the GDN:

These mannequins look like real women with exactly the same features.

Mr. Karimi is not the only person who has been pondering over this. Just a few weeks ago Tunisian blogger MMM (of Subzero Blue) raised some related though-provoking questions:

The other day while walking by some store windows, the question hit me:
"When the hell did they start putting nipples on mannequins?!"
Is it that the stores are really cold?
Are the mannequins excited by the fact that people are staring at them?
Are they implying that the clothes are made for chilly days only?
Or maybe they're saying that whatever the weather, nipples will show through these clothes? (Continued)

Okay seriously... seriously... I don't think that Mr Karimi's argument is a complete non-issue. Here in Bahrain where most females dress conservatively, it doesn't surprise me that mannequins in lingerie might "offend" some people. It's all relative. Just think back to the scandal created when Janet Jackson revealed her breast during the Super Bowl halftime show in the much more liberal United States. So maybe Karimi has a debatable point... I just don't think that the municipal council should be wasting its time or resources dicussing this now when there are far more pressing issues to be dealt with.

Now go watch the movie and remind yourself of how cool it was to wear white trousers.

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6 Responses to 'Mannequin'

Blogger Bahraini by nature says:

I have a confession today. I used to be in love with a cartoon character when I was 8 or 9 years old. I am not gonna say which but I used to dream about her at night :)

Mr Karimi might be interested to raise this issue too as the now a days cartoons are really ruining our children’s mentality.    

Blogger Desert Island Boy says:

You really think the 80s had retarded movies? I'd have to disagree. There were a lot of dumb movies. Arachnophobia comes to mind, BUT

"Ferris Bueller's Day Off" was an amazing classic that still gets play today!

And second place goes to "Better Off Dead" with John Cusack...

With Gremlins, Goonies and the Back to the Future series to follow.

I do think the mannequin issue is pretty stupid, though. Infact, I'd like to see Mr. Karimi's research on how mannequins look like real women. I think the burden of proof is on him to produce exhibits!    

Blogger Abdul Rehman says:

I was around but didn't even know how to walk then.    

Anonymous SR says:
4/14/2005 07:38:00 pm

Ferris Bueller was an awesome movie!    

Blogger Chrisamillion says:
4/15/2005 12:44:00 pm

ferris bueller is a great movie...I vaguely remember seeing maniquin a long time ago (you have few years on me Chan'ad!)...I think i'll try and find it now!    

Blogger Chanad says:
4/16/2005 07:39:00 pm

DIB: I didn't mean to say that all of the from the 80s are retarded. Rather, in the 80s a new genre of movies was born in which retardedness was a main feature (a la Ferris Bueller, Mannequin). I thoroughly I enjoyed these movies... but at the end of the day, they are retarded.    

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