Today I saw a new low on TV. Two self employed women who have just lost their jobs because the sports organization they work with has decided to get rid of "Walk On Girls" (the women who accompany the players to the ockey). I thought they were just there for the glamour... Not so. They are part of a marketing team. They do a lot of work behind the scenes. They talk to children, give style advice, they even have their own fans and followers (many of whom are young women wanting fashion, career and lifestyle advice). The two women looked totally heartbroken.
Then the guest feminist started speaking. She made a good start, with a good point about the objectification of women - but became got more and more aggressive, and kept interrupting. She wants these women out of a job and said so to them. The two models became more and more upset. The presenters tried to get the guest feminist to tone it down and be more sympathetic, but she was having none of it. She wants all careers that involve an element of glamour or modelling to be banned - hostessing, cheerleading, walk-on girls, F1, Tour De France models.... even air hostesses. Right next to two women who have just lost their main source of income. I felt as if I'd just witnessed the worst display of "sisterhood" ever.
The online backlash was immediate (and the vast majority of the people supporting the two walk-on girls are women) is that neofeminism has gone so far in the wrong direction, it's no longer protecting women's freedom to choose their lifestyles and careers - it's undermining it. Many women working in these industries have tried to point out, this could put tens if not hundreds of thousands of women out of work - and ask, how is that in any way feminist? I just want to see what people think about this.
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My two cents as a woman on this are;
Women are free to choose what they want to do, and as long as those women are okay with it no reason to meddle in like that.
However I do not necessarily respect women/men that earn money by flaunting their body. I am attractive, I have gotten offers but showing off cars in a tiny bikini in front of an audience... It's degrading and fairly simple money. I prefer an honest job. But that's just me.
Marketing is a sensible job and it's not like they're in bikinis. They're in designer dresses. I have more respect for them thab i have for anyone who openly gloats (on national tv) at people who have just been made redundant. That is just disgraceful.
Just in general, a lot of women wear skimpy clothes to promote stuff. It's just too easy to earn money like that.
Only unattractive women themselves do not "respect" women who CAN use their appearance to make a living. Get over yourself.