Like many hairy feminists, I’m concerned about the way wimmin are portrayed in the media.
So this week’s Good Point, Well Made Baxter goes to Laurie Penny, who gave the BBC just what it deserved over its choices for Women of the Year.
“To be considered a newsworthy woman in 2011… you have to make an allegation of rape, be a pop star, go on a date with a pop star, get married to a royal, be the sister of someone who got married to a royal, be a royal and get married to someone who isn’t a royal, or be a panda called Sweetie.
Read the full story What “panda-gate” tells us about sexism and enjoy some quality writing on a subject that really does matter.
Still on the vexatious subject of why we wimmin can’t just laugh about casual sexism the way men do, Amanda Marcotte spots a familiar message from the marketeers who study our shopping habits.
“… the belief that men are just so much more fun and awesome than women cannot be relinquished, no matter what kind of evidence argues against it…
“… when women do it, the descriptors are “organized,” “has a list,” and “in a huge hurry.” When men do it, they’re “mission-driven,” “get-it-done,” and “driven by finding the best prices.” Technically, it’s exactly the same behavior, but somehow when men do it, it just sounds better. Sexier, really.”
In the UK Brendan O’Neil leapt to the defence of “sassy, body-conscious women who like to have big breasts, tanned skin and fun, who wilfully refuse to bow and scrape before the feminist diktat about how it’s better to be natural than cosmetically enhanced.”
Don’t worry girls. Big Bad Brendan will protect you from the hordes of hairy feminists who are using the Politics of Fear to persuade you that breast implants are bad, just because a few French ones apparently may rupture or elevate the risk of cancer.
I’ll shut up now, since I’ve been so firmly put in my place.