Hey everyone, how are you?
Over the past few weeks, I have admitted many things on here that will undoubtedly follow me forever (my love of Made in Chelsea as one example) so I’m not afraid to admit that I am a Joey Essex fan. I can’t say that I find him attractive exactly but he has an ability to make me laugh, with his quirky/silly comments. I was therefore really excited when I heard that he was going to be on “I’m a celebrity” and I’m not alone in thinking that he is probably our winner (it kind of made up for the fact that Matthew Wright was going in, ugh!).Now it might seem a bit odd, me discussing Joey Essex in a clearly “feminism” based post, but there is a clear point to this, trust me. In true Joey-style, he entered the jungle in what can only be described as “short shorts” and it really got me wondering, if that had been a female celebrity what would have been said about the attire? Or lack of so to speak?
The follow day the twittersphere and newspapers were filled with several “Joey-isms”, with very little mention of his tiny teeny shorts. Yet last week’s LOOK magazine had an entire page dedicated to the “flesh-flashing” of female celebrities, and I must confess that my heart sunk. In the twenty-first century, with the obvious advancements that have been made for women (not near enough yet) why do we allow this double standard to exist?
The pictures of these supposedly “flesh-flashing” celebrities, did make my heart sink, not because I’m some sort of prude but because it concerns me that women are still trying to get this sort of attention. For me it reinforces the vast amount of work that feminism still has left to do, because women are still criticised for what they do or don’t where. As Lilly Allen cunningly and cleverly points out in her latest song (so many flaws with this but the message is spot on) women are still expected to be sexy in order to sell music or films, while men get by on their talent. Yet when women appease this infuriating attitude, by flaunting as much flesh as possible, they get criticised and accused of being “improper”.
Personally I’m of the breed of feminism that doesn’t see nudity as empowering, in a similar way that Hadley Freeman argues in this article, I don’t believe that it really does anything positive for women. There are several industries (music being one of the worst) that expect women to be a certain way in order for them to make their money, and by playing by their rules we only let them win? The way I see it, if a man doesn’t have to act that way then it’s a form of sexism. When was the last time you saw a male celebrity suturing down the red carpet in a leotard and fur shrug, with his private bits on show for all?
Ultimately however I wish that women could wear whatever they wanted, whether that is six layers or just an underwear, and not have to face a barrage of criticism. For me, that is exactly what feminism is all about –having the choice to live however we want to live.
Ultimately girls if the person you love doesn’t find you attractive while your wearing no make-up and your pyjama’s, he’s not the one for you!
What do you think, let me know below?