Rant – Girl Fight!

August 22, 2008 by  
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rant_tv_web.gifIf the media is anything to go by, behind the scenes of every drama, reality show and soap, female stars are bickering, bitching and backbiting. Most recently the papers have been bursting with rumours of a feud between Danniiiii Minogue and new host Cheryl Cole on the X Factor. Earlier in the year the Sex and the City monster reared its Philip Treacy-clad head once again, stirring up talk of vicious verbal wars between Kim Cattrall and SJP. The pop scene is full of it too. Apparently the Spice Girls were at each others’ throats left right and centre. Likewise All Saints, who reportedly broke up following an argument over who wore a certain coat onstage.

Whether the stories are true or not it makes you wonder why the press are so fixated with it. It’s never the same for male stars. Not in a month of Sundays would you ever see an article about how Westlife broke up over who got to wear which waistcoat.

So why do the press feel the need to fabricate or exaggerate these girl fights? Are they appealing to that particular male fetish – a clean version of the messy all-girl mud wrestle? Or are they kow-towing to that age-old stereotype that women are nothing but malevolent harridans obsessed with petty quarreling?

The whole debacle is such a shame because it persuades women that they have to crawl all over one another (in a non-mud wrestling way…) to be noticed or get ahead. The effects are easy to see in Big Brother – that scratched and slightly distorted mirror that we hold up to society. “I’m well bitchy, innit.? is the favourite tag-line of many a wannabe celeb as she twirls her ratty hair extensions.

It’s a sad state of affairs when the media paints women as modern-day fishwives. What happened to the sisterhood? Is it not fashionable for women to like each other anymore? It’s boring and so bl**dy predictable.

by Susie Gordon