I have decided to drop my daily scanning of The Daily Mail Showbiz. Yes I enjoyed the celebrity news/goss but the hateful tones and crimes against women slowly made the habit feel quite dirty and horrible. According to DMS it seemed women were either
- Owners of “dangerous curves”- dangerous curves, what?! Dangerous as in their tempting men to assault them?
- Sexually provocative despite being underage
- Identifiable purely by their sexuality- a story of a personal trainer adopting a baby was titled “Bisexual trainer adopts baby”- why is her sexuality relevant?
- Or just their to be ridiculed- they recently had a swipe at Sienna Miller for commissioning a nude portrait of herself while pregnant, with female columnists saying that pregnancy was an ugly time of a woman’s appearance and what the hell was she thinking reproducing it? And then another female columnist had a go at Angelina Jolie for choosing to talk to their children about Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for access to education. “Why does Angelina feel the need” was a quote from the column- well seems like she’s a sensible parent who wants to enlighten her children on what’s happening in the world, or perhaps instead she should be encouraging them to cultivate dangerous curves at a young age, be disgusted with their bodies during pregnancy and see people according to sexuality, I’m sure DMS would much prefer that.
And it seems I’m not the only one that sees it this way, under almost any article in the readers comments section people would be complaining about the discriminatory or insane tone.
The article which disgusted me the most was “Teenager Elle Fanning shows off her womanly curves as she plays homage to New York statue” Elle is 14. I don’t feel that I need to elaborate to illustrate how wrong that article is, thankfully that article didn’t go unnoticed as Alan White for the New Stateman wrote an open letter to Melanie Phillips about the prematurely sexualised culture on the paper’s website- read the letter here.
Within the letter there’s a link to a podcast which illuminates some of the other crimes of journalism The Daily Mail has committed:
So what have I replaced my daily guilt with? Daily laughter courtesy of The Daily Mash.