Girl Power?

So I am lucky enough to have an amazing second job as a Duty Manager in a theatre it’s where I feel most passion and I love this work so much. It’s a privilege to be part of this industry. I wake up at night as an extreme night owl this work suits me way more than a traditional 9-5.

I have been Duty Manager 4 times in the last 6 months for the Canadian comedienne Katherine Ryan. Now I’m not a massive comedy fan but female comediennes are for me a really important part of helping change and for getting the feminism message out there, maybe to folk who would not normally be tuned into that. So that is why it’s so important.

I feel Katherine’s rage at how society expects women to stay young, look a certain way and she incorporates this well into her routine the Cheryl Cole impression is particularity strong with Ryan doing her best geordie accent (and mocking herself) it’s the words I’m a baby lady look at me I’m so child like and a baby…. this is how the media is presenting women to other women. For me this is so worrying that our young people male and female are seeing this in the media daily and they feel they have to be a certain way and Ryan weaves this topic into her full hour routine very effectively. She like me feels very angry with the daily barrage of same sized baby women portrayed in the media and not seeing positive body image and more importantly older women naturally aging. This leads me to ask how can this be changed who holds the actual power to making a massive daily shift and seeing more positive and normal women portrayed? Why in 2016 is this not happening here in the Uk? The women’s Equality party recently did a seurvey of news stories daily and were appalled to find less than 20% of news stories were positive female driven and it was less than 10% in the sports pages. I feel ashamed my daughter is growing up with this in 2016 . Why do we seem to be going backwards?

I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s my role models were the spice girls I had girl power and saw 5 different not skinny but normal sized girls on my tv and in magazines where are these girls now for our current generation of girls and boys growing up? is it that as social media and the internet has taken over ? That there is more and more to distract us and see and any new groups etc have to compete way harder to find their spot and get their moment meaning any positivity taken from a new band with good positive body image etc.. is as quickly lost and forgotten as the next unpositive item catches their attention on the tv on their phone or laptop. Have we become a nation of such bored folk we need a fix of whats next and in becoming this we don’t even question what it is we see instead we just see it subconsciously and it gets under our skin and then it’s just how it is, until that is a clever comedienne reminds you really no it’s not just normal or acceptable and we should be questioning everything we are shown and see.

Now they do not teach them that in schools.. but it’s time they did. Along with some decent Sex Education and we might just grow a new happier generation…but why would they do that I feel right now in modern Britain it’s all about keeping everyone down don’t empower the young folk and get them questioning anything. I could despair instead I want to do something and if writing this down is a step to doing that then fantastic I want to change things for our young folk we owe them.

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4 thoughts on “Girl Power?

  1. I have tried to encourage my children to always think and question what it is they are seeing and being told by the Media and the internet, and society in general. They are getting better at it but I still see the effect it has on them at times, especially my daughter. I also talk to them openly about sex and relationships but as you have said, Sex ed in this country is totally flawed and in many cases non existent which is just unacceptable

    mollyxxx

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    • Thank you for your comments much appreciated. Molly I do the same but so many parents are not doing this and I really do worry about them. Andrew thank godness for graveyard girl she is challenging popular culture and has a massive following fantastic I do worry that the popular culture is still subconciously chipping away at them and us the perceived norm. Love that its being so strongly challenged

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  2. Love it.

    Though I think there is something that is worth thinking about. The youth of today (damn that makes me feel old) are not interested in what the media has to say. I hate to say it but that really is something only we think about as showing people how they should be.

    The truth is the young people of today have access to something we could have only dreamed of. The Internet. They simply don’t pay attention to the news, magazines, or even TV. That isn’t their world. YouTube is where you go when you want to watch something. When you see how someone like Grav3YardGirl ( https://www.youtube.com/user/grav3yardgirl ) can captivate with her message that she is weird and messy and just herself.

    Then there is TV.. but not as we know it. Netflix is the new TV, and when you look on there I think the picture of the female role model is somewhat different some the that of the news. Orange is the new Black for instance… That is Prisoner Cell Block H for the current generation. That is by no means presenting women and nice and fluffy.

    I do totally agree that there are serious issues. Like just today when a golf club in Scotland thinks it is fine to uphold a rule that women can not become full member of the club (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/golf/36331270). That is just shameful. There are problems here, serious ones.

    But I do have hope that the next generation of women are going to be stronger than ever. đŸ˜€

    P.S. Sorry if I went a bit ranty there… love your writing.. this just popped out. :S

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    • Thank you for your comments much appreciated. Molly I do the same but so many parents are not doing this and I really do worry about them. Andrew thank godness for graveyard girl she is challenging popular culture and has a massive following fantastic I do worry that the popular culture is still subconciously chipping away at them and us the perceived norm. Love that its being so strongly challenged

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