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.