Sunday, April 05, 2009

Men are Strong, Women are Eye Candy

This last week, most of the world it seems has been focused on the G20 Summit in London and the NATO meeting in Strasbourg.

The Obamas are bonafide rock stars. They were the first couple everyone wanted to meet. Much was made of the meeting between Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni, France's first lady.

As a news item on the meeting of the two women started on the TV, I muttered "They better not talk about fashion". Ah, if wishes were horses, is all I can say, beggars would ride in grand fashion.

The main focus of the news piece was indeed what both women had on. This "fashion face-off" had been long anticipated by the public, the reporter said.

"Had it?, I wondered or is this just the lazy, sexist angle that the reporters wish to pursue.

I get so irritated when I see women reduced to no more than arm candy for their husbands and more attention paid to what they are wearing than what they have done, what they are doing,and what have to say.

This article in the Observer by Heather Stewart comments wonderfully on this sexist imbalance.


StandTall-The Activist said...

I will continue to feel it in my heart that those that feel what a woman has on physically is what matters has a little mind. And we have so many little minds among us. Is a shame!

Ore said...

It's a crying shame! I saw a TV discussion today about the differences in how men and women are perceived as they grow older (men grow more distinguished, women merely grow old). It's not a new argument, but one whose truth reflects the sad reality of our world.