Sophie Turner’s “Poca-Hotness”
Actually Turner, 27, wore that Pocahontas get-up in honor of Halloween, not Thanksgiving … although for reasons surpassing understanding we neglected to include her in our “Happy (Slutty) Halloween” post.
Can you imagine turning Amelia Earhart, Harriet Tubman, or Indira Gandhi into sexual figures? Then why would you do it to Pocahontas?
Oh, yeah. One, because Indians are everyone's favorite fantasy figures. No one thinks they exist anymore...not really.
Two, because you can make a bad pun on the name "Pocahontas." I guess "Sexagawea" would be too obvious; it would call too much attention to the notion of Native women as sexual objects to be raped by white men. But calling a woman a "hottie" is okay. We know what that means (wink, wink).
For more on the subject, see A History of Sexy "Indian Maidens" and Racist Costumes = White Privilege.