Heidi Klum: Ask her serious questions when she’s wearing this?
Oscar night: When lady stars don silly designer gowns–and cry “sexism”when asked about them
From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:
This all started a couple of years ago, when media feministas made an issue out of journalists’ asking the lady stars “Who are you wearing?” instead of serious questions about the lady stars’ pet social-justice issues. Because what readers really want to read about are lady stars’ pet social-justice issues:
“Should ‘Who are you wearing?’ be banned as a staple Oscars question? This year’s award season has been marked by a growing conversation about whether reporters are asking women the right kind of questions on the red carpet and a hashtag offering solutions with #AskHerMore.
“The #AskHerMore campaign started in February 2014, created by the Representation Project, and gained popularity at the Emmys last year. Viewers expressed frustration at what they perceived as sexism in the questions asked, and journalists also weighed in pointing out that women were asked about fashion and baby bumps while men chatted about their childhood roles and fellow nominees.”
But this year Academy Awards host Chris Rock had the temerity to make an un-PC joke about #AskHerMore:
“They ask the men more because the men are all wearing the same outfits, O.K.? Every guy in there is wearing the exact same thing.
“You know, if George Clooney showed up with a lime green tux on, and a swan coming out his ass, somebody would go, ‘What you wearing, George?'”
But some things aren’t funny, and we’re not supposed to laugh! Martha Sorren at Bustle lectured:
“So, no, not everything is sexism, but ONLY asking women about their clothes while asking men about their opinions is sexism. And, that’s what #AskHerMore is trying to fix. Poking fun at it is unnecessary, and, honestly, damaging to the movement….”
Posted by Charlotte Allen