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Teach your daughters well…

For readers more accustomed to sipping gingerly from the champagne flute of misogyny in First World public spheres, there’s something jarring about having to chug from the fire-hydrant gusher of woman-hatred on display in Willie Neuman’s latest for The New York Times, culminating with this outright rancid cherry on top from that ghoul, Osmel Souza:

 “I say that inner beauty doesn’t exist. That’s something that unpretty women invented to justify themselves.”

The guy is a fucking cancer on Venezuelan culture…malignant and fast spreading.

The rest of Willie’s piece, and the accompanying video, surveys the damage he has inflicted. A riveting, upsetting read.

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  1. Like the vinotinto uniting both chavistas and oppo for their love of sport, I found equally pro and against government venezuelan girls/women would love their nicks and tucks and enormous 2x half watermelon boobs

  2. I thought the same. I tweeted I won’t be mourning Sousa when he becomes dust.
    But he is just part of the problem.
    Sad thing? No known people talking about this scourge.

  3. Worst part is, a lot of “low resources” woman have some spectacular bodies on their own given to them by nature that make eyes pop out of their sockets. But because of low culture and bastards like Osmel… everyone dies for a boob job. i had a girlfriend who had a huge complex with her weight and boobs, always making diet and wanting surgery. I think one day she stopped caring and she gained some weight… boom, natural boob job. Better than anything else

  4. In Venez I asked a lot of women why they see surgery as a good use of that much money. One problem is that there aren’t many investment opportunities there. Cash savings don’t work in a high-inflation environment, you need hard (or squishy) assets. Homes and cars are out of reach for most, plus you can’t take them with you if you leave. Jewelry gets stolen and has little benefit sitting in a drawer at home. Surgery is something you benefit from, is portable, can be paid on layaway or credit, and is within reach for many people.

    • But at the end the only thing that stays are the silicon implants. It’s not like the mother can give hers to her daughter or something.
      Have they thought about buying books and reading them? Books are expensive in Venezuela, but then not as expensive as that. If they actually read them, they will have something for life and can even pass some of that to their daughters.

      What is it boyfriends give now as presents? Vouchers for a silicon implant?

      • It doesn’t look like they’ve been given much to work with in the last 15 years, either intellectually or educationally. With a government so suspicious of such things, and so fundamentally under educated, there would not be much to aspire to.
        That being said, I can’t turn on the TV here without being slapped across the face with a Kardashian- so what’s the excuse here?
        I would like to know how Souza justifies HIS existence. Pretty he is not.

    • Also, many women think they have to become hot (which includes having big boobs, according to these standards) so that they can get a rich man as a husband (or at least the best man they can possibly get), and then maybe they can get the home and cars you mentioned that are out of reach for most. In this sense, they can say that getting big boobs is an investment.

      The whole thing then creates a big incentive to get those boobs. With so many women going to the surgeon, and few rich men around to choose, the competition is fierce.

      Yeah, I know, it is sickening, but it happens.

      Fortunately, not all women are like that, or else I would’ve never gotten married.

      • jaja, nope I don’t have any important things to do;, I’m supported by micomandanteenjefe … so I have a lot of free time and money, plus my job is to read these contrarrevolucionarios and keep an eye on them to save the revolution and the patria.
        My job is to read what they say and answer as you did … so I guess you have done my job 4 today, thanks honey (boo boo).

      • And he speaks weird, doesn’t he? Quite uneducated and malandro like. With a hint of drunken slur. Never being interested in such things, it is the first time I actually hear and see him, and boy, I was in for a surprise.

    • Y para el colmo, es cubano. I mean — and this is going to sound a little looney tunes — what more perfect infiltrator for the Cuban revolution is there than someone who submits a significant proportion of the population, for more than one generation, to vapid values?

  5. when I brought my Brazilian girlfriend to Venezuela she was at a loss for words when she saw these mannequins…at least she now understands why I actually notice that part of a woman’s body whereas the male population here tends to focus almost exclusively on the glutei, but I digress.

    el país de las misses and all that crap, a place so superficial and plastic and shallow that even mannequins need boob jobs, where University graduates pay 30 minimum monthly wages for a cell phone, where the ‘status’ provided by driving an SUV is actually worth the life-threatening risk it represents… and some idiots still believe this society will one day embrace socialism.

    • Your Brazilian girlfriend is so shocked by the altered mannequins in Vzla? Does she live in the Mato Grosso that she hasn’t been exposed to the high levels of cosmetic surgery in Brazil (ditto, Argentina)?

      • From what I have seen, in the T&A department, the Brazilian “ideal” emphasizes the “A” much more than the “T”. Does that make Venezuelan culture more “plastic” than Brazilian culture? I don’t know that I could answer that. It seems to be a question of fashion, which follows its own rules.

        I do know that, for good or ill, the technology to make body modifications of all types is here, be they tattoos, piercings, surgical enhancements, surgical reductions, etc. Furthermore, the surgical enhancements are becoming the latest status symbol for middle-class people all over the world. The availability of this technology is like a Pandora’s Box. It isn’t going away, and will only become more common. Wait till performance enhancing technical implants start to hit the market… You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet!

  6. I recently became a mom of a smart, confident girl (and her sweet, bold twin brother). I have thought a lot about the messages I want them to be exposed to (especially her, being a girl). I am absolutely delighted I can raise her far away from and to some degree shielded her from the messages we Venezuelan women constantly get (reinforced by and maybe even originating from the whole pageantry stuff). If she wants to become a miss, I will support her, but definitely that would not be the message I will exposed her to.
    On a different note: do an exercise, I have done it with my friends and with my brother’s friends. Go through your facebook page, don’t do the whole thing just pick a random letter, and identify from the total number of your Venezuelan women friends the ones who have fake boobs (you can also add a nose job and any other beauty-enhancing surgical procedures if you wish). I have a degree in engineering, a master, and a PhD, so I wouldn’t say I hang out much with the beauty pageant loving crowd. Do it, you will be surprised with the results.

  7. And to think that when I was growing up in CCS, large breasts were considered unaesthetic. A neighbor of mine walked all hunched up to cover her (much smaller than augmented) breasts. It is striking how the Venezuelan (World?) standard of feminine beauty has been redefined by Hollywood (and the San Fernando Valley)

    • “standard of feminine beauty has been redefined by Hollywood (and the San Fernando Valley)”

      Really? You are going to blame the Movie Industry and the Porn Industry? Don’t you think you are shooting the messenger?

      • I’ve noticed when I ask my Venezuelan friends about this they all say, “Todo eso viene de tu pais!” And I try to tell them, outside of LA and maybe Miami, if a woman is walking around with tits as large as many of the women I see in CCS people gawk and assume she must be a stripper or work in the porn industry. I think all you need to do is read comments on the NYT article to get an idea of what the average gringo thinks about the inflated boobs.

      • Roy, I do think that media influences the masses, everywhere, although to a lesser or larger extent.

        See: a US American woman is almost three times as likely as a German one to get silicon implants. Of course, we would need to do more research and see the relationship between that country’s habits towards Hollywood (specially on TV, the media of the poor).

        I mean: the difference in statistics between the European countries I have read about and the US are significant. It’s worth considering all factors.

  8. It’s sad but not crazy or novel that so many women should be thoroughly sold physical enhancement as a self-promotional tool, especially when marriage can provide a conduit to social and financial stability. Some even think the fact that many men are preoccupied with specific female features is funny. I welcome you to pick up for instance this hilarious book:

    http://www.amazon.com/Bro-Code-Parents-Expect-Awesome/dp/1451690584/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383839405&sr=8-1&keywords=barney+guide+parent

    As for Sousa, he’s evidently a shallow creep, but he appears to be more a symptom and promoter than source of the problem if you ask me. Just one cell in the cancer.

  9. yo pensaba que este se había muerto… pero no, parece que aun esta vivito y j…. Habría que colgarlo de algún poste.
    Mas me temo que ya el mecate no alcanza… y todos los postes tienen candidatos a la colgadura. Mas en serio… alguien tiene acceso a estadísticas? es la cirugía plástica mas popular en Venezuela que -por ejemplo- en Colombia o Brasil? Es este uno de esos casos en los que son unas pero parecen muchas?

  10. Osmel Souza es el GUASON

    and any woman who lets herself be treated badly by these kinds of ideas is doomed.Where is the fighting spirit?

  11. All around are these plastic people,some of nylon, some of vinyl, silicon,and fear….great FEAR.
    They all want the same body ,none want bodies of their own…as though being plastic were greater than being human

  12. It frankly never occured to me before this NYT article, that “operada” might have any other connotation in different hispanic cultures. I’ve now spent all morning replaying conversations in my head, searching for situations in which I may have made a proper ass of myself as a result. Some of those slaps across the face make sense now….

  13. Do men like the feel of a hard rock balloon in bed? Because I imagine for woman must be a nightmare to have a plastic ball in your chest for 24-7 with no sensitivity.

    Those mannequins are fugly… that body is totally impossible but it’s also physically ugly, don’t you agree with me?

  14. BTW that Osmel, what a freaking piece of human waste… I though people didn’t care about him, but apparently Miss Venezuela is very influential to the point that everybody middle class and down look after what that degenerate have to say about beauty and women…. please

  15. If Quentin Tarantino had heard of Osmel Souza before, I’m pretty sure he would have given him the part of the nauseating pimp Esteban Viahio in Kill Bill vol. 2.
    Meet Souza’s Mexican alter ego:

  16. It’s easy to lay the blame on empty-headed women, or on poor old Osmel Sousa who is simply doing his job. But you know where the real blame lies? On the men. The legions of Venezuelan men who push their women to aspire to unattainable standards of beauty.

    I’m a straight, red-blooded man, and I think a woman that has breast implants is simply disgusting. Sorry. As a father of three daughters, and a husband of a very arrecha woman, I can say that I think women should be as God made them. Any man pushing their woman to go under the knife and get some plastic injections, or God forbid, *paying* his woman to do this, is hiding something: he secretly wants those things for himself, but since he’s too repressed to do so, he forces a hapless woman to get them instead. Absolutely pathetic.

    Off my soap box now.

        • I’m not a shrink, but that is exactly his problem. Exactly his problem. From whence, all this destruction flows.

          I would add, how can Maduro and Godgiven and those people rail against the Extreme Right if they display all the characteristics of fascists? How can the National Guard move tons of coke in and out of Maiquetia? How can the cops kidnap people? How can Bolivarian Revolutionary doctors wrack up such a body count? So many contradictions.

    • Juan Cristóbal, I know of two divorces that started because the man opposed to his wife’s going under the scalpel. So…

  17. La presión social de conformarse al patrón de belleza de Miss Venezuela y ahora de “role models” del ámbito pornográfico tipo Diosa Canales es terrorífica.
    Ahora, no creo que esta crisis de porno belleza sea diferente de otros modelos dañinos que las mujeres se han sometido en la antigüedad. Desde los “delicados” pies de loto de China (incontable el numero de niñas que murieron de infecciones cuando sus pies fueron quebrados y atados grotescamente) , hasta los corsé que daban una cintura de avispa (mientras modificaban y lesionaban organos internos), las mujeres se mutilan, se modifican, se transforman diariamente en un mundo incapaz de aceptarlas y acostumbrado a usarlas a su gusto.
    A las mujeres que lean este comentario, les dejo una cita de Erin McKean:
    “You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, and specially not to random men on the street. You don’t owe it to your mother,
    you don’t owe it to your children, you don’t owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked “female”.

    • Buenos ejemplos de otros extremos a los que las mujeres han llegado para “verse mejor”. Pone las cosas en perspectiva. A esa lista se puede añadir las modelos anorexicas.

  18. We found ourselves yet again in the story tale of a “sifrino caraquista” wanting to extrapolate their mindset, their problems to the entire country. The only thing that was missed in this article, and in Willie’s article is the favorite motto of a “sifrino caraquista”: Caracas’ es Caracas y lo demas es monte y culebra.

  19. That quote by Osmel Souza (who hates women and gay men alike) captured my attention in the exact same way as it did yours. I read the article earlier in the day, and I’m pretty glad this issue is finally getting the attention it deserves. When I was a child and people harassed me for not conforming to the Venezuelan standard of beauty almost no-one recognized it as a problem. Today as a woman and having been fired for not looking like a plastic piece of shit it’s still a problem, and I yearn for the day I see that stereotype smashed to the ground.

  20. There is a lot of people here riding a very high horse.

    Osmel is disgusting, even dangerous? Yeah, definitely. Boob, nose and lipo jobs have spiraled out of control in a country that is, really, a source of genetic milk and honey for the world? Yes! But I have a lot, A BIG HONKING LOT of extremely arrechas, successful and intelligent female friends that have gone under the knife at some point during their life just because, you know people? One particular woman, today an entrepreneur and a happily married mother, was one of the sexiest women I knew BEFORE she went ahead and got the “tuning” job. Did she do it because she was compelled to it by a man? She’ll slap you across the face and leave you crying, curled up in a little ball if you said that to her.

    I actually didn’t see the need for anything to be changed in her. I think very few of her friends did. I think I told her so. But she felt like a change. And she felt like THAT kind of change. SHE, not some guy, not the world’s or peers’ pressure, and certainly not some saddening petty old tiranuelo pushing his envious and skewed view of the female form from his little realm at the miss Venezuela pageant. That is just one of many cases.

    I do, however, have witnessed cases for the prosecution too. The World-Class hotties that had so many things done in such little time that they look today like inflatable sex dolls, one of them precisely because she wanted to wear a Banda (she did) and another because an abusive and less beautiful group of friends, of her same sex, pushed her into it.

    My point is that I do not believe Sousa and his Miss Venezuela camp-fest can be fully (and comfortably, by the way) blamed for this. The beauty pageant organization here in Mexico, where I enjoy life with my long-legged, sexy, business-savvy and never surgically altered Mexican wife, is almost as strong and well financed. But the amount of women you see walking around with obvious plastic surgery is significantly less.

    Maybe it could have something to do with the fact that Mexico (and many other countries) offers a little bit more in terms of personal, physical and cultural development chances than Venezuela right now? So women (and men too, or what is it with the crazy obsessing over Machito tuning and steroids?) don’t feel so cooped up? There is an Olla de presión of young people’s frustrations in Venezuela mi gente.

    I don’t know, and I am also horrified by the fact that parents are giving nose jobs to their kids as fifteen-year-old presents. But let’s just not put all the women who chose this path on the same bag, will we? It is AS demeaning, AS stereotyping and AS insensitive as whatever Osmel might say.

  21. We keep going in circles here trying to point fingers failing to see other issues we do have as a society, which for what I see, contribute big time to this particular issue of plastic surgery and enhancement obsession.

    We are failing to admit that we are a very aggressive, non respectful society. Somos una sociedad irrespetuosa llena de metiches y criticones pues, por decirlo en nuestra lengua. Nadie se salva de la criticadera, de las burlas de los arrogantes que tapan sus complejos arremetiendo a los demas.

    For those in Venezuela, how many times you’ve been told by somebody, a friend, your siblings, even your mother “you’re fat”, “you’re too thin”, “you look pale, te hace falta un playazo”, “echate una arreglaita que estas horrenda”, “Y tu vas a salir asi???”.

    I remember an old aunt of mine telling my 2 year old baby “You’re ugly”, and then telling me that she said that so he wouldn’t grow up being too “creido”. uh?

    It’s not easy to mantain a certain level of self-eteem when you are being hit this way every single day.

    • The other day on CBC Radio 2, which has rather serious programs, one announcer quipped that in a recent study (psychological assessment #5,0678), it was found that a little abuse in life makes one creative. I don’t the details, but I can see where there might be some truth to that. But to call a 2-year old baby ‘ugly’ is, I think, stretching things. At least, have the decency of waiting a good 10-20 years to start heaping the negatives 😉

      • I don’t believe is a matter of doing the opposite either, i mean telling them they are the best of the most beautiful of the world type of thing, but to teach the kids that they are prefect as they are, and their differences makes them special in their own way. That way they’ll also accept others as unique.
        Kep, my issue is not being a gordita, is being too blanquita…..LOL.

  22. Silicon is an elemental crystalline metal. Silicone (polymerized siloxanes) are the viscous fluid compounds, including those used as the filler in breast implants.

    Personally, I see nothing wrong with plastic surgery to remedy an injury or deformity, Nor to alter a bodily condition that approaches deformity (a really awkward nose) or is far outside the average (a very flat chest in a woman, or oversize breasts). A woman who wants C-cup breasts isn’t crazy, nor one who doesn’t want to carry “natural” F-cups around.

    It’s the use of surgery to achieve abnormal body shape that is abusive.

  23. “For readers more accustomed to sipping gingerly from the champagne flute of misogyny in First World public spheres, there’s something jarring about having to chug from the fire-hydrant gusher of woman-hatred on display…” Beautifully said. I am from a “First World” country now living in Venezuela. It’s good to acknowledge that the “First World” also has its misogynists…same problem, different manifestations.

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