Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Bettie Page played dress-up and displayed her god-given "talent," thus as she put is "freed herself from male oppression, even while playing into it. "Adam and Eve were naked in the Garden of Eden," she would reply when asked how she could pose nude.
In the new DVD "The Notorious Bettie Page" there is actually a color clip of the real Bettie Page taking off her clothes. It's very, very almost innocent by today's standards, but when you watch the actress Gretchen Mol (who plays Bettie Page), Mol, captures Bettie's innocence.
Page, set off a firestorm in the 50's. It was during this time that U.S. Senator Estes Kefauver was spearheading Congressional pressure on the those taking photos of Page. Kefauver was too late. The seeds of the sexual revolution of the '60s had already been sown, there was no stopping it with or without Page.
If you think about it, what is truly funny, the fetish outfits Bettie wore then are fashionable today, the only difference, there is no innocence or liberation in wearing them today. It is simply fashion today.
In 1957, Page turned to Jesus, but she wasn't ashamed of what she had done. After Adam and Eve sinned, she noted, they put clothes on.