you're reading...
Feminism, Journalism, Observations, Opinion

Panda-gate, the gender politics of shopping and exploding breasts

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.

Said Penny:

“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.

She writes:

“… 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.”

Men Buy Groceries Like This, Women Buy Groceries Like That

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.

The exploding breast implants panic

I’ll shut up now, since I’ve been so firmly put in my place.

© Sally Baxter 2012

About Sally Baxter

Once I was a girl reporter, blogging as Sally Baxter. Now I'm writing under my name at www.mariaspackman.com covering the past, present and future of journalism and whatever else takes my fancy. All views my own.


One thought on “Panda-gate, the gender politics of shopping and exploding breasts

  1. How did I happen to miss this? I must have been too busy painting my nails


    Posted by yellowbrickbooks | February 15, 2013, 6:32 am

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Your Girl Reporter is now filing as Maria Spackman at www.mariaspackman.com Same great content, whole new website. I’m leaving Sally Baxter up, as I can’t quite bring myself to let her go completely, but it’s time to honour my family name – and use it. Hope you’ll join me for the Further Adventures of a Girl Reporter. It’ll be fun.

%d bloggers like this: