The Courier-Mail

Show self-re­spect and give media a lead


IN RE­PLY to Karen Brooks’ col­umn ( C-M, Aug 31) on the de­mean­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women, Lesley Bran­dis (Letters, Sep 1) sug­gested boy­cotting the of­fend­ing mag­a­zines and TV shows.

This might work for the older gen­er­a­tion.

How­ever, one won­ders if these types of media don’t ac­cu­rately ap­peal to, and de­pict their au­di­ence of, younger women un­der­go­ing an iden­tity cri­sis.

In aim­ing for per­fec­tion in ap­pear­ance, moth­er­hood and a ca­reer vault­ing through glass ceil­ings, young women may well find they are not “su­per­woman” and are set­ting them­selves up for crash land­ings.

Ideal moth­er­hood and a me­te­oric ca­reer are di­a­met­ri­cally op­posed.

At­ten­dant anx­i­ety is ap­par­ent in re­gres­sion to ob­ses­sions with the quick-fix of cloth­ing and cos­met­ics and the com­pe­ti­tion and carp­ing of im­ma­tu­rity in The Bach­e­lor- type TV shows.

Women need to change their at­ti­tude, fol­low their hearts and show self-re­spect for their own abil­i­ties. Then the media may fol­low. Roslyn Smith, Mid­dle Park IT SEEMS a waste of space for Karen Brooks to spend a whole col­umn cri­tiquing that other waste of space The Bach­e­lor and its ilk.

If some women are vac­u­ous enough to put them­selves into these sit­u­a­tions and other equally shal­low peo­ple are happy to watch, do we also need to en­dure the end­less re­port­ing of such rub­bish? Claire Jol­liffe, Bud­erim

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