Barbara Lippert's Critique: The Bad And The Ugly

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Excuse me, but I must interrupt my usual critique to ponder the finale of The Swan on Fox and why, increasingly, remaking oneself to look like Barbie Aguilera on her day off from Scores is seen as empowering.

What gives? Do we have a chicken-and-egg thing going on: The more reality programs that show women in bikinis and underwear, the more women will want to remake themselves to get on reality shows?

Is that why, once the Apprentices graduated from the show, they posed in their balconette bras and panties for Maxim? Their hypersexualized behavior and wardrobes on the...

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