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On Reshuffles and Flashing Thighs

July 16, 2014


While today’s front pages are – entirely justifiably – the source of great anger and symptomatic of wider sexism, there is a danger of missing the full picture.

The more we zoom into a thigh the less we see of the wider context. The more energy is expended on Esther McVey’s skirt – whether through lust or outrage – the less energy is expended on Gove being sacked after wrecking the education of an entire generation of children. The closer we examine their bags, the less likely we are to notice the total absence of any working class, black, LGBT and disabled representatives in the cabinet.

It is true that yesterday’s reshuffle was treated predominantly as a superficial photo opportunity by a right-wing sexist media corps. Let that not soften our focus on the fact that yesterday’s reshuffle was organised predominantly as a superficial photo opportunity by a right-wing sexist party.

With a few months to go and this government’s legislative programme already closed, shoving a few women to the front was always a cynically cosmetic exercise. Its treatment by the media was not unforeseen consequence, but intended result.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. rsoap permalink
    July 16, 2014 11:15 am

    Excellent analysis as always x

    Sent from Samsung Mobile

  2. hektorsmum permalink
    July 16, 2014 11:48 am

    Listened as this was being discussed though probably discussed is too strong a word for the superficial comments being passed on Sky News this morning. The day before it was getting people “who talk like us” into the Cabinet.
    Hate to say this, whether they have nice clothes ( and the bleeding well should as we are paying for them) or the talk with a Northen English accent, they are all Tories and they will do the same for Joe Soap regardless.
    I have to agree with every word you say, media, should hang it’s collective head, journalists, never, long since ceased to be. Blair Government frightened them all to death and Cameron and cronies are not any better.

  3. herunveiling permalink
    July 16, 2014 6:13 pm

    I re-read and re-read the line….the more we zoom into a thigh the less we see the wider context…it’s sad how often the public is swindled of justice by cheap cosmetic surgery done by backstreet politicians.

  4. Robert McD permalink
    July 16, 2014 9:37 pm

    The public are not stupid, they see this reshuffle for what it really is – the last desperate attempt of a sad little man and his nasty greedy divisive little friends trying to cling on to power. Roll on the election. Can’t wait to see them and the Clegg flip flop party humiliated.

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