(NOT DONE) Do coal miners want to take off their tops?
In a recent article in the Huffington Post, a topless poster of Ashley Judd was displayed at a coal-industry sponsored golf tournament in Kentucky. The poster was displayed with the text, "Ashley Judd makes a living removing her top, why can't coal miners?"
I'm a little confused, do the coal miners want to take off their tops? Oh, I suppose they are talking about the mountains.
If I disregard the misuse of language and confusing stretch of the pun, I have something to say about the implications of this ignorant event.
Sexism - On my my friends posted the article on Facebook, cynically joking, "Coal: Great for keeping the lights on, and women in their place." In most forms of mass media in our society (especially, hollywood and the music industry) women are continuously objectified and sexualized. If we were to only take the image of women we see in the media, what might we think about women in our society? The images from movies, music videos, and magazines are that women fill certain submissive roles in society, or that they are only valued for their body parts. This poster claims Ashley Judd makes a living from taking off her top. I wonder if she could make a living in the media industry without taking off her top.
Classism - I am not from Appalachia and I won't pretend to be. But I don't know many people from the region who have the kind of disposable income for golf. Appalachia is one of the poorest regions in the country. Coal has been part of the economy for decades, yet the region is still suffering economically. We need to question what kinds of jobs the coal companies provide, and if these jobs stay within the region, boost the economy, and create healthy, safe communities.
Truth of MTR.
"Coal industry officials, along with many politicians and business leaders in Appalachia, say the mining is crucial to the region's economy and a supply of affordable energy.
Environmentalists counter it dumps rock and rubble into streams and destroys Appalachian mountain peak - Miners making a living. "
-more the rubble
- End of coal, poisoning the communities that the miners live in