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Mariah Carey And Nick Cannon Marked For Death (Of Their Relationship)

Posted by Clem Bastow on June 25, 2008

Not long after they actually tied the knot, the bets are already being placed on whether or not Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon will break up. Not only that, but they’ll break up within six months! Hold onto your butts! So sayeth Life & Style Weekly, via BANG! Showbiz, via The Age (is your head spinning yet?):

The source told Life and Style Weekly magazine: “I give the marriage six months, tops. I can’t see it lasting.

“Nick does whatever Mariah wants him to – he’s like her puppy. It seems like he spends more time in the stores with Mariah’s credit card than he does with Mariah herself.

Mariah’s assistants and friends call him ‘Whipped Nick’ behind his back.
They have little respect for him because he won’t stand up for himself.”

Stand up for himself against what – his wife who wants to spoil him rotten? God save the poor dude.

It strikes me that there are many subtle things at play here beyond the simple drive for gossip magazine sales, most glaringly the fact that Mariah is older than Nick (eleven years older, shock horror!), and the fact that Mariah is more successful than Nick. And whether or not he really is spending more time in the stores with her credit card than with her (everyone conveniently likes to forget that men can be gold diggers, too), it seems the media is still veerrry uncomfortable with the traditional relationship/gender roles (read: powerful older dude pulls hot trophy wife) being turned on their heads.

On top of that, could we all agree not to use the term “pussy whipped”, or any of its variants from now on (this includes making the whip-crack sound vocal sound effect), please?

3 Responses to “Mariah Carey And Nick Cannon Marked For Death (Of Their Relationship)”

  1. Sunshine said

    She’s so talented. As if she wouldn’t be a beautiful creative force to hook-up with, long term?! Anyway, since at least as far ago as Sappho, women artists with creative knowledge have inspired younger men to fall in love with them. Age discrimination against women artisits is stupid and designed to undermine their disruptive creative power. Mariah threatens especially when she becomes too independent (read: too in control of her desire to require any patriarchal permission.)
    Great new blog!

  2. malina said

    nick has 8 kids to a prostitude

  3. Mel Campbell said

    There seem to be some interesting relationship power dynamics swirling around here: ‘gold-diggers’ (powerful) and ‘whipped’ (powerless). According to the media coverage, Nick Cannon manages to be both!

    I don’t see it as a win for feminism that women are now the successful money-earners manipulated by ‘gold-diggers’. There’s a fair bit of disapproving coverage about male gold-diggers – eg Kevin Federline, Larry Birkhead. It’s deplorable wherever it happens. I’d rather see both partners contributing to a relationship rather than one being the ‘breadwinner’ and the one to ‘spoil’ the other.

    Re: ‘pussywhipping’, I see it as a backlash (pun, for once, not intended) against the growing financial and legal equality between men and women. Historically, women’s disempowerment in relationships made the awarding or withholding of sex their only bargaining chip. And now, in the light of the gains feminism has made, women’s sexual manipulation gets cast as man’s weakness.

    Because personally I don’t think women don’t need to use sex as something to hold over men any more, I tend to view ‘whipped’ scenarios as cynical manipulation on the woman’s part, whereas the man is in good faith. And so when I deploy my beloved whip-crack sound effect, it’s not so much ridiculing the man as criticising the woman.

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