Sites like Fark make fun of Welch and scream hypocrite, but there’s a big difference between what we see in movies today and what we saw during Welch’s time.
In the late 60’s and early 70’s, Welch epitomized womanhood, eroticism, and what it meant to be gorgeous, strong, independent and dignified. You can draw a straight line from the likes of Hedy Lamarr and Ava Gardner to Raquel Welch.
Sure, Welch might have worn the kind of fur bikini that confirmed the lifelong heterosexuality of teenage boys everywhere, but she never debased herself. Simulated or not, you never saw Welch go down on some guy or bent over a bed in a degrading moment of loveless sex. Compare Welch’s on-screen sexuality to what we’ve witnessed Kate Winslet, Marisa Tomei, and Nicole Kidman engage in. Unfortunately, those three lovely women and too many others like them, have been conned into believing that becoming everything a male chauvinist would want them to become is “edgy” and a form of feminism.
Make fun all you want Leftists, but Welch knows of what she speaks:
I think we’ve gotten to the point in our culture where we’re all sex addicts, literally,” Welch, 71, tells Men’s Health. “We have equated happiness in life with as many orgasms as you can possibly pack in.” …
“I think this era of porn is at least partially responsible for it. Where is the anticipation and the personalization? It’s an exploitation of the poor male’s libidos. Poor babies — they can’t control themselves!” …
“I don’t care if I’m becoming one of those old fogies who says, ‘Back in my day we didn’t have to hear about sex all the time.’ They’re ruining us with all the explanations and the graphicness,” she tells Men’s Health. …
Says Welch: “Nobody remembers what it’s like to be left to form your own ideas about what’s erotic and sexual.”
When it comes to the debasement of women, the only real difference between between porn and what you see today in a lot of indie films and HBO programming is how graphic things get. The tone, though, is the same. Afterwards you just want to feel clean again with a shower or a run through a sun-dappled field filled with yellow tulips and white butterflies.
Raquel Welch stirred many feelings, that’s for sure, but she never made you cringe.