Today you can find my post, Bettie Page: Pinup Feminist? on The Museum Pinup. I was thrilled to write this piece about female sexual expression for Ani’s blog, and I hope you’ll take a few minutes to check it out!
Just who do you think you are?
I’m not sure when the self-doubt first set in, but for the past several years, I have been all too aware of a festering, dormant anxiety. A feeling on the periphery of my consciousness. A sense of not being good enough. Of being a fraud.
Most days it lies beneath the surface, undetectable to anyone, including myself. Then, in a moment of vulnerability, it flares up, and once again I’m paralyzed by a series of pernicious questions.
Call it insecurity. Call it imposter syndrome. Call it…an opportunity?
Question: What does 40-21-35 + 163 IQ equal?
Answer: Jayne Mansfield, of course!
Hollywood’s “smartest dumb blonde” was famously reduced to and immortalized by her extreme hourglass figure and genius-level intelligence. In fact, so notorious were Mansfield’s dimensions that Billy Graham once remarked, “This country knows more about Jayne Mansfield’s statistics than the Second Commandment.”
Today, the notoriety of Mansfield’s figure has ostensibly been eclipsed by Kim Kardashian’s curves; however, long before backsides were breaking the internet, Mansfield was making headlines for her calculated wardrobe malfunctions—earning her the side-eye of Sophia Loren and the attention of Playboy’s Hugh Hefner.