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Big Brother’s Sexism And Chanelle’s ‘Waggage’

by | 16th, June 2007

IS this what the Suffragettes got their heads stoved in by horses hooves for?

The furore over racism has helped obscure the sexism that characterises this series and which nobody notices, doubtless in part because the women are such willing participants. Even before the Emily incident, the show reminded me of Clueless, Amy Heckerling’s update of Emma. Only now the target of parody is Jane Austen’s near contemporary, Mary Wollstonecraft: Big Brother, meet Sister Suffragette.

In her Vindication of the Rights of Women, Wollstonecraft objected to the lack of education that left women choosing between two forms of prostitution: the “common” form, streetwalking, or the “legal” form, marriage. Cue Big Brother contestant Chanelle, who aspires to our newest form, Waggage.

Posted: 16th, June 2007 | In: Celebrities Comment | TrackBack | Permalink