Jess McCabe // 15 January 2008
I was inspired to do another round-up post on the excesses of the Daily Mail’s ‘Femail’ section by this
story by a self-confessed ‘female chauvinist pig’.
While Angela Epstein sheepishly recognises that what she calls “my
latent male chauvinism” is not a good thing, she is unapologetic.
Some choice quotes:
With a female pilot at the helm, my husband immediately
made some comment about women drivers before returning to his
I, on the other hand, felt uncomfortable and found it hard to relax
for the rest of the flight. All I could think about was this young
woman – well, she sounded young – cradling 200 lives in the palm of
Of Hillary Clinton:
Could it be that Mrs Clinton’s mannish trouser suits and
selfaggrandising, policy-driven speeches smack of the masculine touch
– and what heterosexual woman wants fake machismo in
Of French president Nicholas Sarkozy:
Sarkozy’s tough take on social reform (along with his
ability to bag a former supermodel) reeks of the kind of
testosterone-fuelled power that makes a female electorate
And on her own daughter (whose attitudes have nothing to do with being
brought up by this pair, of course!):
My chauvinistic feelings may be sourced in the fact
that every girl inherits the princess gene which dictates her
desire for a strong male role model to cosset and comfort
I see it in my three-year-old daughter who runs to her older
brothers or her daddy when a dog barks at her in the park. She trusts
them more than me to protect her.
Although this is probably the most woman-hating of everything
published in Femail recently, as usual, it is not an isolated
incident. We also have this
story about how long fringes are “putting lives at risk”.
The reason? In a survey of 1,000 female drivers, 1% – that’s 10 women
to you and me – “admitted they had had an accident or a near-miss or
made a sudden manoeuvre after their vision was impaired by their
Of course, most people wouldn’t think that 10 ‘sudden manoeuvres’
merited coverage in a national newspaper, but if there’s a ‘women are
flippant creatures, why are they allowed on the road anyway’ angle to
be had, you can be sure the Mail will seize on it! You might be
interested to know that there were over a
quarter of a million road casualties in the UK in 2006. But we are
concerned with 10 women women who didn’t have an accident. Great
reporting, second best-selling paper in the UK!
And, no, this isn’t made up for by a sensible
and interesting piece in which newsreader Selina Scott identifies how female presenters get dropped when they get older, while their male colleagues carry on broadcasting well into their grayer years.
So often you seen people coming through the system without
a strong journliastic background, who haven’t covered a wide range of
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