Raquel Welch On Pole Dancers, Brazilian Waxes & Feminism

“I guess you could call [my views on sex and relationships] conservative. I think there is a lost art to being a woman. … I have this romantic part to my nature and maybe that’s why I find it difficult when I see this kind of vulgar approach to women today. I think there’s too much homage being paid to pole dancers, let’s put it that way. I mean I’m all for body beautiful but my God there’s a head attached. Can we use that too? Come on girls!”

— ’60s bombshell Raquel Welch might have been an international sex symbol, but she is actually quite horrified at what she sees as over-sexualization of women today. After the jump, Raquel gives PopEater a piece of her mind about Brazilian bikini waxes and why the ’60s feminist movement was “uncharitable” — i.e. dismissive — towards her.

Raquel: I think if anything nowadays, everybody has OD’d on porn. I was talking to my trainer this morning and I said I don’t know, do all these girls strip their ZZ bare? I mean they’re all busy waxing everything off.

PopEater: I think it’s to make them look like little girls.

Raquel: That and the standard is set by porn because that’s what all the porn stars do. Everyone is steeped in porn. Does every housewife have to look like some apparition? It’s all gotten so superficial. I’m sitting here talking to you with my New Balance sneakers on, work out pants and a sweatshirt and no makeup. I don’t put myself together everyday like that. It’s nonsense and yet that’s what people are holding out for.

Sounds like someone has been reading Pornified and Female Chauvinist Pigs! Or maybe not, actually. Raquel has a few choice words for the feminist activists of the 1960s and 1970s, whom she said were “uncharitable” to her for being a pin-up icon:

“It was very clear that they didn’t like me. They didn’t consider me worthy. They dismissed me as a sex object and they felt they knew all about me and my life. I thought isn’t that interesting because I felt like I had struggled pretty hard. I had gone out on my own with no connections, no financial backing with my two kids in tow and I managed to make my way and they couldn’t know any of that but they weren’t looking very closely. I guess at that time with the image I had I could understand it, but I didn’t love the idea that women love to look down their nose at other women. I guess we are all uncharitable to others when we’re making judgments. That may be part of human nature, but I don’t know what I would do without my women friends, the world would be a bleak place. I think we should try and be a little more charitable to each other and try to be a little more understanding. It isn’t a cakewalk to be born female yet it can be so glorious, so entertaining and so exciting.”

I don’t know enough about what went down between Raquel Welch and the feminist activists of the ’60s and ’70s to prompt these comments, but her comment “that women love to look down their nose at other women” is food for thought. She sounds like a very bright and intelligent woman. I just might check out her book, Raquel: Beyond The Cleavage. [ PopEater]