Femininity and The Felon: Polanski Laments How Pill Is “Masculinising” Women

220px-Roman_Polanski_Emmanuelle_Seigner_Césars_2011As many on this blog know, I am not a big fan of Roman Polanski and his successful evasion of arrest for the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl in 1977. Many folks in France continue to rally behind Polanski who has successfully fought extradition for decades. Now, during the unveiling of his movie “Venus in Fur,” a satire on sexism starring his wife Emmanuelle Seigner, Polanski decried the loss of real women and how birth control pills are “masculinising” women. Of course, it is some small degree of progress that Polanski is actually focusing on fully grown women at this point. Yet, most women would find him a rather unwelcomed expert on anything dealing with females given his continued fugitive status as a child rapist.

Polanski was 43 years old when he was arrested in Los Angeles for the sexual assault of 13-year-old Samantha Geimer during a photo shoot for French Vogue magazine. He was indicted on six counts of criminal behavior, including rape, but reached a plea bargain to plead guilty to the charge of “Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a minor.” He was ordered to undergo 90 days of psychiatric evaluation at Chino State Prison and was then released pending sentencing. However, Polanski was fearful that the judge would not follow the recommendation of no jail and only probation. Accordingly, he fled to France on February 1, 1978 hours before the scheduled sentencing.

Polanski reportedly lamented that the pill had blurred the distinctions between the sexes, though I fail to see how pregnancy dangers is so essential to Polanski’s view of the sexes. He added “I think that now offering flowers to a lady becomes indecent, that’s how I feel about it . . . I think to level the genders — it’s purely idiotic. I think it’s a result… of progress in medicine. I think that the Pill has changed greatly the woman of our times, ‘masculinising’ her — how would you say it? . . . I think that it chases away the romance from our lives and that’s a great pity.” The danger of pregnancy is an essential part of the romance? Of course, given his criminal history, lawful consent is not so essential.

Source: France

32 thoughts on “Femininity and The Felon: Polanski Laments How Pill Is “Masculinising” Women”

  1. How old is that Polish Pedophile guy anyway? There is this other pill going around that humans take to have sex. Except the tv shows them ending up in two side by side bathtubs in the backyard after they have taken the pill and so that seems to be the height of masculinity. I blame Big Pharma.

  2. Fred
    1, May 27, 2013 at 9:48 am
    All i will say is, the American family has gone to hell since women demonized housewives and turned it into something to be ashamed of and then started putting their kids in daycare and got on the career path. Worst thing to ever happen to the Family Dynamic.
    The worst thing to ever happen to Family Dynamic is that it has been idolized to the point that some will do anything to another human being under the guise of ‘family’. Including abusing their own wives and kids and ‘family’. Ask any Mob boss. Ask any Lawyer. Ask any mob boss lawyer…..

  3. Besides the pill giving women expanded control over their amourous dalliances, it has freed them to pursue a lot of other alternatives to dependency on men. Just take a look at the majority of college graduates, women. And the recipient of a majority of many graduate degrees, women. Bottom line is that the pill was a contributing factor to women being able to out compete men in higher education. Glass ceilings are starting to crack and it won’t be but another generration or two at most before women are securely in control of their fair share of both political and economic power. They will have earned it. And, based upon the recent track record of male dominance, I suspect that this will be an improvement. My hope is that we see a lot more Elizabeth Warrens exercising the levers of power. Polanski may not think it is a good idea, but hey, his view of what women should be like has been past by since about that time he thought it was OK to bang a thirteen year old.

  4. Polanski complains about romance being “chased away.” Consider Polanski’s idea of romance: find a 13 year-old girl, drug her, and then rape her orally, anally, and vaginally.

    Oh, for those good old romantic days!

  5. Hollywood. Look it up on the internet.

    Maybe it’s true, maybe it isn’t. Loretta Lynn gave birth to her first child when she was 14. Army guy did that. He was eight years older than her. Don’t blame the Navy.

  6. I consider Roman Polanski to be one of the world’s great movie directors. And his movie “Chinatown,” although obviously the work of a great many talents, is, in my opinion, one of the best films ever made, and much credit for that must go to Polanski.

    Polanski is one of those rare artists where I believe that it’s appropriate to separate the person from the artist; although, as a rule, I don’t generally do that. I feel about Polanski much as the great conductor Arturo Toscanini felt about the great composer Richard Strauss, who remained in Germany to work under the Nazis:

    “To Richard Strauss, the composer, I take off my hat,” he said. “To Richard Strauss, the man, I put it on again.”–Arturo Toscanini.

  7. Maybe they should keep their legs closed. Even the young ones. A stiff dick has no discrimination..

    Now, let’s discern, shall we. Don’t let them fuch you if you don’t want to fuch.

  8. Polanski’s a jerk, a criminal jerk, or is that a jerk of a criminal.

    Fred, misogynist is what comes to mind.

    Women didn’t demonize the housewife. They just said out loud that they’re sick and tired of doing all the home work without help from their spouses. They said out loud that they want some conversation with adults, not just their young children. They said lots of things out loud that earlier generations didn’t b/c they had no options. The pill allowed women the opportunity for some self-actualization that didn’t include having more babies. It gave them some power over their own lives that they didn’t have previously.

    The pill was certainly liberating for ALL women who want to have sex but don’t want to worry about getting pregnant. It makes a big difference to her enjoyment of the activity to not have any pregnancy anxiety about it. btw, the pill also is used to treat a number of difficulties some women have that are unrelated to birth control.

    Most women who work outside the home do so out of necessity. Average worker pay has made almost no changes in the last 50 years, certainly not enough to keep up with inflation. The Federal Minimum wage is $7.25 for any job where federal money is involved. State minimum wages vary from a high of $8.55 in Washington state to $0 in several states, mostly in the south. If the minimum wage had been tied to inflation it would be in the $20 range. Women tend to work in the fields covered by the state laws, not the federal (think retail and personal service). The Equal Pay Act of 1693, aimed at abolishing wage disparity based on gender was signed into law June 10, 1963 but still women still get only about 70% of what men get for the same work. Ask any woman if she could use a 45% pay raise.

    If deadbeat dads would pony up, maybe the mother of his children would choose to stay home and care for his children.

    If one of the workers, whether mom or pop, got the pay they deserved, perhaps one of them could return to being housewife or house husband or maybe they could take turns.

  9. Roman’s point is well taken, and no amount of Botox and breast implants
    will change that. SUVs also bear some blame. The worst speeders, around here are females, and they’re the most likely to NOT use turn signals, and
    fail to come to a complete stop at STOP signs.

    Maybe some women just want the benefits of being a female AND a

  10. Fred pants, “Thanks for nothing Baby Boomers. Most selfish and worthless generation ever.”

    The clue bus from the 1950s is here, and even IT has passed by Fred.

  11. Wow, Fred, looks like you’re a gender essentialist who thinks it’s women’s natural role to care for children and do all the cooking and cleaning. I don’t suppose it ever occurred to you that men should have equal responsibility for the children they create, or that not all women were cut out for cooking and cleaning or even motherhood? You sound about as mentally advanced as Polanski, who seems to think the romance is gone if his super-sperm don’t have the chance to fertilize an egg every time he has sex. Then again, considering the age of the girls he likes, I’m surprised some of them are even old enough to menstruate. Maybe he thinks it’s sexier when the girl doesn’t need birth control because she hasn’t had her first period yet?

    One thing that’s for sure: Polanski seems to think the notion of women having their own sexual agency is a big turnoff. Being able to choose when they will be pregnant, whom they will have sex with and when…how romance-less! Much more exciting to just grab ’em and force ’em against their will, right? *sigh*

  12. Polanski is dirty so we should consider the source of this “intelligent” comment.

  13. JT: Polanski is a disgusting pig that should be medically castrated and put in jail.

    That said, if I put my emotions to one side, I believe what he is trying to say is that by giving women control of their sexual lives, he thinks their attitudes toward sex has changed to be more like the attitudes of men; more aggressive, more casually promiscuous, and less dependent upon romantic commitment.

    But equality if fine by me, Polanski is a disgusting pig that should be medically castrated and put in jail.

  14. All i will say is, the American family has gone to hell since women demonized housewives and turned it into something to be ashamed of and then started putting their kids in daycare and got on the career path. Worst thing to ever happen to the Family Dynamic. No wonder our kids are so screwed up these days. Worst yet is we are stuck into being a two income society.

    Thanks for nothing Baby Boomers. Most selfish and worthless generation ever

  15. He has an outstanding warrant for anal rape of a minor..not just “issues.”

  16. I don’t concern myself with the ravings of a pedophile. The French seem to love him. I guess there is no accounting for taste.

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