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The Friday Rant Club – we can be decorative AND useful

If you ask the majority of people we have moved on and sexism has been mostly defeated – the war is won and we can all relax and stop worrying about it.
Trouble is that I don’t buy this.


I’m beginning to think that actually there’s a whole lot of sexism embedded in our society and that hasn’t yet even been noticed yet alone considered addressing.


Come on, think about it.


We have a society where Matthew Wright can ask ‘would ya?’ about a woman who has been subjected to a horrible potential miscarriage of justice because obviously her looks and possible sexual attraction are more important than the issues around the case.


The whole so-called celebrity culture is creating a world where looking good, i.e. thin and in a mould that looks more like a faux Barbie than a real woman, is more important than being good at your job or being intellectual.


We have a generation of men who consider any pubic hair to be a no-no rather the preserve of porn stars – when did de-sexing our sexual organs become the norm?


And we have offices where colleagues can debate whether secretaries should be decorative or useful.


Since when did it become acceptable to segregate women into those you are attracted to and those you aren’t?  When did looks become something that was an alternative to intelligence or being good at your job?


When are we going to take back this continuous low level sexism that is pervading our society?



The Friday Rant Club is a chance to get those niggles, those irritants, those things that make you want to throw a toddler-stylee tantrum off your chest before the weekend.

Go on, let it all out and if you feel like it there’s a rather nice little button over there on the right if you fancy writing your own and linking it up – join in, it’s rather good fun!

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5 comments to The Friday Rant Club – we can be decorative AND useful

  • Oh thank god I’m not the only one that thinks this. Stealth sexism is rife in the company I work in and it’s driving me mad. It’s even worse if you’re a working mum. Obviously, since I have given birth twice, any opinions I have are pretty much null and void. It makes me so mad.

  • kninki

    This really, really worries me. I see this kind of thing everywhere, but as soon as any woman questions or comments on it, she’s accused of having no sense of humour/being a lesbian (wtf?)/taking it too seriously. It’s like the BNP trying to be all respectable, misogyny has had some sort of hideous PR makeover.

    I’m going to stop now before I get The Rage again.

  • Emily O

    Sadly too many people are hard-wired to think this way. When I was 23 I resigned from a job and at my awkward leaving gift presentation ceremony thing my boss did a speech and finished it off with “we’ll miss your legs”. If that were to happen now I would have had a cutting response ready but back then I couldn’t believe what I’d heard. And looking back no one else in that room helped stick up for me at all. If I heard someone say that about a young colleague I’d tear them off a strip. Funnily enough last night my husband and I were chatting about the whole ‘foxy knoxy’ thing. It drives me mad, and were she an ordinary looking person people may feel sympathy for what she’s been through (because no one can know whether she’s guilty or not). But people struggle to feel sorry for attractive people because they’re decorative as you say and seemingly little else.

  • I often worry about my daughter (only1!!) and everything she faces in the world today. I consider my husband to be all about equality and even he has these sexist moments… I believe on some darker days I do too. I think until we stop mass advertising and mass consumption and start to think about what we’re buying, moreover, what we’re buying INTO, nothing will change. Change must come from the consumer. We must raise boys who accept women of all shapes and sizes, who do not spend hours upon hours looking at porn on the internet, who do not accept that a bachelor party at a strip club is “OK” and just a bit of fun…. etc. We must not buy products that continue the sexist cycle like Barbies, mindless beauty magazines, celebrity magazines etc. We must be the change we want to see in the world.

    I love this Friday rant thing!! xx m.

    • I can’t work out where we have gone wrong with the male education – there’s a generation of men who think that a body like Kate Moss’ is normal and attractive, what happens then to women with curves? Women who are larger than a 10?

      Educating boys that women are curvy and wobbly and normal has to be a step forward

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