Happy International Women
March 8, 2012 by staff
Happy International Women, International Women’s Day this year is a mix of issues. The media image of women is primitive, backward, and insulting. It’s also a natural product of media, and that’s the problem.
This is a subject I literally bumped into. I didn’t even know it was International Women’s Day. I happened to see an article.
Sam Brett of the Sydney Morning Herald chose to commemorate IWD with a column looking at the image of women, and a pretty apt choice of subjects she found. After commenting on Limbaugh’s recent rich geriatric peasant droolings, she took a look at the image of women, and it’s not a pretty picture:
In an article in the Weekly Standard, journalist Charlotte Allen insinuated that women these days actually enjoy it when men “drag [them] by the hair into their caves” and asserts “there’s currently a buyer’s market in women who are up for just about anything with the right kind of cad.” Ahem.
Sam Brett is a bit young to recognize the psych angle here because she wasn’t born when this type of phraseology was invented.
Typical media psych still works on the public as it was in about 1960, and still uses cavemananlogies. The public are idiots, “Just add the slang and keep saying the same old things, tee-hee, aren’t we clever?” These writers are hacks trained by hacks, and it shows.
Her point is valid enough. The image-abuse of the modern female is as backward, and as pointless, as ever. This is 51% of the human race we’re talking about.
Brett also mentions, very aptly, the PR take on younger women. She found this briquette among the diamonds:
Over the past weekend, a survey carried out by Westpac told us that, after polling 900 women, it was found that all Gen Y ch**ks want is a “wealthy man” and a “ritzy wedding”, and they won’t settle down until they get exactly that.
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