Some Required Reading

There were quite a few interesting bits and bobs around the fashion industry's slice of the internet this week, but perhaps none more so that this NPR interview with Joanna Coles, Editor in Chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine. In it, she shoots-down the (often unspoken) assertion that women cannot possibly talk openly about fashion or sex and expect to be taken seriously. I've always found that type of double-standard to be complete bollocks, and it's nice to see someone in a high-ranking position in the fashion industry echo the sentiment so eloquently. Here's the link, in case you missed it. 

After all, it wasn't that long ago that for us members of the gentler sex *snicker*, the mediascape of our lot in life was a whole lot different.

Yes. Blow in her face. Go on, try it. See what happens.

And that last one. How in the blue blazes was that ever ok!?


  1. I'll read the article in a tick, but just wanted to pop down and say, I bet I could find examples just as bad from today. ASDA's insistence that only "Mums" do any housework, cooking or looking after children drives me batty.

    There are also plenty harping on the 'stupid bumbling old dad' schtick or other stereotypes that are derogatory to men as well as women. I still think we've got a looooong way to go.

    1. That's a fair point, about the "bumbling dad" stereotype. Hell, my husband does like, ALL of the cooking. I am just not interested in cooking. I like food, but cooking? Meh. Turning the TV on during the daytime programming hours is actually very telling. Between the "Mums love ASDA" campaigns and the "have you been injured at work" ads, there isn't a lot of airtime for much else.


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