Thursday, 10 November 2011

Daily Mail: Gone Too Far

I was recently asked if the media plays a role in making young woman feel insecure about their bodies, and ugly. This morning, the Daily Fail (I mean Mail) provided evidence that the media definitely does, and I have to say that I am absolutely disgusted.

For the record, I am not a fan of The Only Way is Essex in the slightest. I don't know if I've just gotten too old for programmes like this, but, on par with Made in Chelsea, I really couldn't give a rats behind about it. I might recognise a couple of names from TOWIE purely because the whole country seems to think that I'm missing out on something, but other than that, I have no reason to defend any of them in a "fandom" sense.

However, imagine my disgust when this headline:

Oops, maybe you should have tried the next size up: Lauren Goodger's tiny dress feels the strain as a tear pops up on her night out

The title is referring to this image:

The appalling headline, and it's subsequent article then goes on a horrid ramble implying that TOWIE's Lauren Goodger is "fat".

Now, I'm sorry, but if that is fat then Holy Crap there is no hope for the rest of us. If you want to see a real fat bird, in a grey dress, please refer to my post of yesterday. I would absolutely love to have an amazingly curvy figure like Lauren's, in fact I think that she looks absolutely stunning in that dress!

The article raises an immense issue, over why women with genuine curves (and not those of us, who say we're curvy, when we're just being nice to ourselves, and really want to say that we're fat!) are looked down upon by the media? A lot of women have hips, that is a fact of life, and they're completely natural.

I know that it's just part of human nature for women to criticise other successful women out of jealousy or whatever, but I really do not think that there is a place for this kind of crap in newspapers or magazines.

We've become a nation of catty women, who would rather berate other women for being too fat or too thin, when we should be admiring the fact that they're doing well. Okay, so a lot of us might not agree with how the "cast" of shows like TOWIE have made it "famous", but that doesn't mean that they're not people, just like the majority of us, with actual feelings.

I'd really love for all of the men and women, who hide behind the newspapers and magazines that they "write" for to stand in a line so that the public can criticise parts of them that they feel insecure about, and can't change. It wouldn't gain anything, but maybe (just maybe) they'd begin to realise how absolutely hurtful and despicable they are.

Journalists like this, make me embarrassed to consider myself a writer.

Oh, and by the way, a hole in the side of your dress, does NOT necessarily mean that you should wear a bigger size. It could also mean that she's wearing a shoddily made dress!!



  1. I couldn't agree more. Have you see this video Killing Us Softly?

  2. Thanks for the share. A VERY interesting video indeed, and definitely agree with what she's saying. Disappointed that 119 people have chosen to "dislike" it though, but I guess people are entitled to their opinions.

  3. Oh, the Daily Fail. I don't think it's even a case of making women look bad, it's just making EVERYONE look bad. But yes, if she's fat, I'm obese. *shakes head*

  4. First thing I thought was - cheap and crap dress. Also can't stand TOWIE or worse - Made in Chelsea - but the girl is clearly not fat.

    And the other thing I think is *Do NOT read the Daily Mail!!!* It is a disgusting excuse for 'journalism' and one of the reasons I'm glad I ended up not pursuing a career in journalism further. Just don't read it - and don't give them any hits! xx

  5. It's one of the reasons why I didn't go into Journalism too.

    To be fair, I should have known better than to read the article, because I normally avoid anything to do with the Daily Mail. But, when people tweet things, I can't help it x_x

  6. I totally agree, I read the Daily Mail website everyday but some of the stuff I see, they had so pictures of Vanessa Hughens the other day and said she look bad, 1. she really didn't and 2. she had to gain (very little) weight for a role she was playing. so many people had commented negatively it so stupid xxx

  7. I'm confused - she looks great in that dress and it doesn't look too small for her at all! I can't stand TOWIE or Made In Chelsea. I tried watching it and just didn't understand the hype!

  8. @B, it doesn't really show that well in the picture that I've used, but basically there was a hole in the side of her dress, which they describe along the lines as her pretty much bursting out of her dress because she's apparently so fat!! Completely ridiculous!

  9. Yeah, I even came across a blog of "one" of those people about a week ago lol. Ok, I don't know if he is really one of those people, but what he writes in his blog makes me think he would not like that video. Stuff like this make me believe that feminism is not dead and still very much needed.

  10. Oh ok, but still I doubt it was that bad! Silly Daily Fail!

  11. Well said Kat. What a ridiculous story. I really enjoy your blog - you've got a great attitude and your posts always make me smile :)


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