The tributes to Bettie Page continue. MTV points out all of the celebrities who were influenced by Page's style. Dita Von Teese shares a story about her encounter with Page. PopMatters calls Page "the new frontier." And the New York Times offers up an appraisal of Page's place in our sexualized world:
"To look at these photographs is to enter another world. I don’t think for a minute it was a more innocent world, but it was one in which sexualized images of women, even trussed up in rope, seemed somehow, well, charming. I’m sure there are plenty of women and some men who would disagree, saying that one generation’s erotica is another’s pornographic exploitation. But the sheer volume of images that wash over us now have blunted our sensibilities, I think, and made us less alive to the beauty, the poetry and the mysteries of the naked body."
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The Montreal Mirror recommends Gilded Lili in their Holiday Gift Guide.
Yule-A-Go-Go shimmies onto the CW.
Jessica Biel stars as a stripper in Powder Blue.
A Murray Little Christmas puts a ribald spin on the holidays.
Gypsy to shutter in January as a result of the faltering economy.