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A Feminist in Fox's Clothing? Megan Fox in the NYTimes Magazine

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We weren’t sure how or why the sex symbol with diarrhea of the mouth, Megan Fox, got an entire cover article dedicated to her in the New York Times Sunday magazine. Is she really such a cultural force? She’s been in like a whopping two movies (we’re counting TRANSFORMERS I and II as one)! Well, we guess a billion Google searches can’t be wrong. We weren’t expecting to be riveted by the article, but surprisingly there was a ton of fascinating stuff on sex and gender roles — and not just out of skilled profiler Lynn Hirschberg’s mouth. Here are some of the best bits (in case you just can’t bring yourself to read a prettied up version of an US Weekly article):

On her provocative sound bytes:

Fox has a provocative way of describing any situation: her girl-on-girl kiss in her latest film, “Jennifer’s Body,” is “like crazy kiddie porn”;  Disney’s “High School Musical” is about pedophilia (if you watch it, as she did, after getting high), and the reigning hearthrob Robert Pattinson is too young and too pretty to be sexually compelling. “I would eat Robert Pattinson,” she said.

On the weirdness of reality show “Say Yes to the Dress”:
“I don’t know why I love it, but I do…. It’s really confusing to me, so I study it. They all cry when they find the dress. I don’t understand why they all cry.” Fox said this as if she were contemplating an alien species. Having conquered the male audience, she was now trying to figure out what women want.

On “Jennifer’s Body”:
“The movie is about a man-eating, cannibalistic lesbian cheerleader, and that pretty much eliminates middle America. It’s obviously a girl-power movie, but it’s also about how scary girls are. Girls can be a nightmare.”

On being a role model:
“If I was to have a message, it would be to be a different kind of role model to girls. With ‘Jennifer’s Body,” I want to say, It’s O.K. to be different from how you’re supposed to be. I worry that’s totally lost.”

On the savage nature of women:
“Women tear each other apart….Girls think I’m a slut, and I’ve been in the same relationship since I was 18. The problem is, if they think you’re attractive, you’re either stupid or a whore or a dumb whore. The instinct among girls is to attack the jugular.”

On being a sex symbol:
Fox says she believes that Hollywood reinforces these stereotypes and prejudices. She seems to think that her constant references to sex are a kind of feminist stance, that while she may seem like a headline-seeking provocateur, she is simply navigating a complex and chauvinistic world. “If I had been a typical starlet and said all the right things, I wouldn’t have escalated to this level. I sit down and do an interview and I talk like a person and that, for some reason, is shocking. All women in Hollywood are known as sex symbols. You’re sold, and it’s based on sex. That’s O.K., if you know how to use it.”

On men’s magazines:
“When I sit down to talk to men’s magazines, there’s a certain character that I play….She’s not fully fleshed out — she doesn’t have her own name — but she shows up to do men’s-magazine interviews. There’s something so ridiculous about always being in your unmderwear in those magazines, and you know the interview is going to run opposite those pictures. So, there’s a character that talks to all of them.”
[Of course, the image accompanying the Times article is her in her underwear. Clever or cheap?]

On comparing her Transformers director to Hitler:
“I got myself in this whole mess. But it doesn’t matter. I know that the things they said about me in the crew letter were not true, but [Michael] Bay is not happy with some of the things I’ve said about him. I was waiting for someone to defend me, to say, ‘That’s not accurate,’ but nobody did. I think it’s because I’m a girl. They left me out there to be bludgeoned to death.”

On being an extra in Bad Boys II at 15:
“They put me in six-inch heels and a stars and stripes biking…. Then they put me in the scene under a waterfall. You got $500 extra if you were willing to get wet, and I was thrilled to get wet. I was still a child, but for those two days I was being treated like a grown woman. I felt like I should be in a bikini dancing under a waterfall: that’s where I thought I belonged.”

On nude scenes:
“I had my first sex scene in [Jonah Hex]. I had on underwear and silicone covers that you wear over your breasts. I would never be naked in a film. You should never say never, but my body parts are all I have left that are only mine. The world owns everything else.”

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