Friday, 27 January 2012

Three Faces: Louise,Laurie and Jodie

Today's findings come via @LisaNova on Twitter.
A very well written piece discussing
'Three faces of feminism: Louise Mensch, Laurie Penny, and Jodie Marsh' by Lou McCudden. On Wednesday night, BBC2 were showing Newsnight as usual, whilst on Channel 5, they were airing a documentary called 'Jodie Marsh Bullied: My Secret Past.' I was aware of this program, most likely seeing it in the TV section of papers that day, but I totally forgot it was on. My perception of Jodie started with she's a glamour model just sucking up the lime light, but actually when Jodie changed to body building, I found some respect for her to do something different and something that I know takes a lot of training and dieting[especially as I believe Josie is a vegetarian]. Seeing a woman with an overly musculus body is not everyone's ideal image, but Jodie worked hard, especially against any media abuse. 

 Jodie on This Morning discussing the documentary earlier this week
If you read the article, it will give you great insight into the fact that twitter was stormed with people tweeting about Jodie, ignoring the political debate on Newsnight between two female politicians discussing 'Can you be feminist and a conservative?.'[Yes, as Lou McCudden points out, Emmeline Pankhurst became one.] Maybe this says a lot about which women we prefer to watch, or maybe it is about which women we can identify with more, as it is not just Jodie who opens up about being bullied, but the people she interviews.
 
'Less than 800 people could be bothered watching Louise Mensch and Laurie Penny argue about the role of the state and the speed of the government’s cuts (important issues though they are), but all around the world, women and men were watching ‘Jodie Marsh Bullied: My Secret Life’, and learning something terrifying: that as children, girls like Zoe are taught never to be clever, and then, later in life, women are blamed and mocked for acting dumb. Women like Jodie Marsh are taught they are ugly and deserve abuse for it, and then, later in life, get taught that they deserve abuse for being too into their looks or for having plastic surgery. It goes on and on. Girls get taught to be permanently sexually available in order to be respected or loved – then, later in life, we get told we don’t deserve respect or love because we are sluts and whores.'
From the article Three faces of feminism.

I caught up with the documentary after reading this, and it is heartbreaking. Jodie openly talks about the pain she went through, which led her to have a nose job because of the taunts about her broken nose. Despite a new looking nose, this didn't stop the taunts. Through the 45minutes you spend with Jodie, she talks to some children at school who have been, or are, bullied. It breaks your heart to see a teenage girl talk about how she cut her hair because she thought she was ugly, all because she was bullied for a mark on her neck[due to a cyst she had removed]. Later, Jodie talks to Zoe, a woman training to be a teacher, who suffered hurrendously at school and still has major insecurities. This young woman obviously has not got over what she went through, and it is hard to think that her peers could have been so cruel that it still effects her so deeply emotionally and physiologically. Well done Jodie Marsh for showing heart and raising a subject which we all ignore until it effects us personally.
LINKS

Three Face of Feminism by Lou McCudden

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