It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but it’s been a week of interesting feminist titbits all told.
Marina Hyde had a bit of a rant in her Guardian column about female British athletes being describing as ‘sexy celestial’ in the Daily Mail and dressed in sheer floaty frocks for Harper’s Bazaar. Not exactly sure what the crime is here, or if it’s the worst crime in the history of feminism ever, but one for the archive nevertheless.
Another less than earth-shattering feminist discussion has kicked off en France where the town of Cesson-Sevigne banned the use of the title Madamoiselle, according to the BBC. From now on females in the town will be addressed as Madame, regardless of age. Turns out the Germans ditched Fraulein in the 70s, evidently with very little fanfare. Something I plan to remind people of whenever I get a raised eyebrow for choosing Ms. As I told a friend the other week, I feel a little bit too old to be a Miss these days. What would Simone de Beauvoir make of all this I wonder?
Finally, for this week at any rate, this short video has had more than a million hits since it was uploaded a few days ago and should be compulsory viewing for all teenaged girls at least, and probably all women. Although I will confess one of my first thoughts was to find out where the ‘liquify’ tool is on Photoshop and learn to use it. Does that make me less of a feminist??
Have a good weekend.