Thursday, 5 April 2012

Samantha Brick & the Sisterhood.

The Daily Mail showed why it's a successful paper, and the most visited newspaper site on the net. They got a moderately attractive but catastrophically un-self-aware 41 year-old woman to say

While I’m no Elle Macpherson, I’m tall, slim, blonde and, so I’m often told, a good-looking woman. I know how lucky I am. But there are downsides to being pretty — the main one being that other women hate me for no other reason than my lovely looks.

If you’re a woman reading this, I’d hazard that you’ve already formed your own opinion about me — and it won’t be very flattering. For while many doors have been opened (literally) as a result of my looks, just as many have been metaphorically slammed in my face — and usually by my own sex.

I’m not smug and I’m no flirt, yet over the years I’ve been dropped by countless friends who felt threatened if I was merely in the presence of their other halves. If their partners dared to actually talk to me, a sudden chill would descend on the room
Queue outrage - she's a dog, screamed Twitter, the worst abuse coming from women. She's arrogant. Blah Blah... Ms Brick may be guilty of hilarious hyperbole, but she's right. Women are vile to other women. The main reason for the glass ceiling is other women in the office, and I've lost count of the women I know who say they'd "never work for a woman again". Attractive female bosses are usually described by men and women as "bitches". I've had some excellent female bosses - no problem at all with ladies in charge (except of the thermostat, but that's my ONLY sexist view. I even let my other half control the TV remote).

I'm not saying we men are perfect equal opportunities players. In the workplace, female bosses work best when they're a bit mumsy - nonthreatening, even comforting to their male charges. However I've seen how those mumsy bosses treat a pretty young woman who joins the team. Such girls rarely last long.

Women are happy to have a pretty secretary, but cannot bear having someone pretty and of equal status around the office. And what is the most female-dominated department of every firm? The HR department. Who decides who gets an interview...? So, what Samantha Brick said is bang on.

The Mail Online knows it's onto a good thing, and got Samantha Brick to feed the trolls some more.
I have just this to say: my detractors have simply proved my point. Their level of anger only underlines that no one in this world is more reviled than a pretty woman.
Of course, to other women, if you're a woman, being right is no defense.

Women. It's you who buy the magazines pointing out and sneering skinny/fat celebrities. It's you who buy the Daily Mail, which constantly lambasts the moral choices of other women. Women it's you who savagely do down the sisterhood in the work place. It's you who discriminate against women. It's you who belittle women for their looks. It's at you the size zero models are aimed (well you and Gay men). Equality starts at home. Amongst the girls, a pat on the back is just a recce for a knife.



7 comments:

B.K. said...

Much Ado about nothing, mate.

JimmyGiro said...

B.K., you are soooooo wrong.

Women are 'fashionable'; that is, they can be made to believe what ever the clever people that control the media (and the Soap scripts) tell them to believe. And they not only have half the voting power of the nation, but the other half of the nation are bending over backwards to please them. So who ever controls the female collective mind, controls the nation.

It surprises me not, that Lord Archer and other Conservatives have become evangelical feminists, for they know the seat of their power, and that is to flatter the pathologically conceited voters: "because their worth it."

Anonymous said...

I have to disagree. Women are generally supportive and sisterly to other women, regardless of their looks. However, women who rely on peroxide, cleavage and flirting to gain advantage in the workplace are not much liked by those who don't. I wonder why? My guess is that Samantha Brick's issues, despite her claim 'I'm no flirt', have more to do with her behaviour than her looks.

The Cowboy Online said...

I think you meant "Cue outrage", not "queue outrage".

Sean said...

Cant say Ive ever worked in anything other than a male workplace, but on the whole I like them...women that is.

Tim Newman said...

Good looking woman, for sure. She's ageing well.

Anyway, I can see what she means. I've long been of the opinion, drawn from observing women in university and afterwards, that a lot of them - I might even say most of them - don't have any friends. Sure, they have people they call friends, but the degree to which they are prepared to slag off these so-called friends behind their backs is astonishing. And I've lost count of the number of times when a girl has revealed that she actually can't stand such-and-such even though to all outward appearances she's her friend.

Blokes just aren't like that. If a bloke doesn't like somebody, he lets it be known and the two avoid each other.

Anonymous said...

+1 on the article, the single biggest impediment to full equality between the sexes is other woman. Men socialise by taking the piss, but dont mean it. Women socialise by complimenting each other but they dont mean it either.

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