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Live webchat with Natasha Walter, Thurs 4 Feb at 12.30pm

(122 Posts)
GeraldineMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 28-Jan-10 13:07:20

Natasha Walter, one of Britain's foremost feminists, has a new book out on Thurs 4 Feb called Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism, about the effect our hypersexualised culture is having on young women and girls.

We're delighted to say that Natasha is coming to the Towers for a live chat on Thurs, from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.

So please post your questions here and hope you can join us.

squeaver Thu 28-Jan-10 16:49:41

I am actually quite excited about this because I think she's a very intelligent writer (and she lives near me I think [stalker]).

Hello Natasha. Please don't pay any attention to biscuit questions.

Like you, I am increasingly dismayed by how overtly sexualised our culture has become. But at a practical level, what can we do? I think Object are doing some really interesting work but they're still considered a fringe group. What can we do to make the debate more mainstream and make our actions count?

polestar Thu 28-Jan-10 23:57:26

Natasha isn't the hedonistic interest in sex and ones own (and others) appearance the offspring of a feminism which encouraged women to put themselves and their own interests first?

Zellie Fri 29-Jan-10 10:08:15

I have a little boy and I am worried about how to teach him to respect women as equals when girls' attitudes towards themselves doesn't seem conducive to that.

I don't think I'm being a classic old fogey when I say that the attitude of girls 10 or 20 years younger than me seems to have changed and they now want to present themselves as silly and easy.

Do you have any advice for the mothers of young boys to help stop the next generation of men contributing to or perpetuating the problem?

LoveBeingAMummy Fri 29-Jan-10 10:14:10

Hi natasha

If you could give one piece of advice to young teenagers today what would it be?

tia

squeaver Fri 29-Jan-10 11:41:25

Oh polestar, you're so funny...

polestar Fri 29-Jan-10 22:21:10

I'm being completely serious.

ppeatfruit Mon 01-Feb-10 09:01:21

polestar you are quite right there's no such thing as having it all; for both sexes.

HelloThisIsJoanie Mon 01-Feb-10 09:02:49

ooh tell Nat i have already pre ordered.

HelloThisIsJoanie Mon 01-Feb-10 09:03:35

( and as the teacher of girls am HORRIFIED by the lack of feminism in... well everything)

squeaver Mon 01-Feb-10 15:14:56

Very interesting that this is your only post, polestar.

morningpaper Mon 01-Feb-10 15:16:52

Oooh this is super-exciting

Walter is one of those people which make me think: I wish I was HER...

I don't know want to ask but will think of something....

cakeywakey Mon 01-Feb-10 21:04:12

Hello Natasha,

What main step would you like to see the newspaper and magazine industry do to combat the hypersexualisation of our culture?

I for one find the covers of many 'lads mags' offensive, especially when they're on open display, and the pictures and headlines on redtops can also be very questionable.

CantucciniVS Mon 01-Feb-10 23:10:52

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CantucciniVS Mon 01-Feb-10 23:22:25

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LeninGrad Mon 01-Feb-10 23:24:01

I went to buy a paper today and on one of them there was a front page crotch shot of a woman getting out of a car. How is that even legal? You would get arrested if you took a picture like that on the tube.

CantucciniVS Mon 01-Feb-10 23:31:22

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dittany Mon 01-Feb-10 23:59:20

How do you think we can mobilise women against the sexualistion (pornification) of our culture Natasha? And it's not even really the pornification of our culture, it's the pornification of women and girls into sex objects for men.

You often hear people talking about getting young women interested in feminism, but I'm beginning to wonder if a middle aged contingent in feminism might be at least as effective. We've certainly been around long enough to realise the damaging effects of sexism on us and other women and girls.

TheElephant Tue 02-Feb-10 07:24:34

Natasha

what is your take on WAG being a viable career choice for a woman - is it all our own fault for reading about the dimbos?

scrappydappydoo Tue 02-Feb-10 08:48:20

Hi Natasha,

I have 2 girls (4yr old and 2yr old). I am horrified at this culture they are growing up in. Have you any advice as to what I can do now to help them grow into strong, confident women who make the right choices?? Thanks

(sorry for sounding like a tampax ad blush)

Natasha

The (positive) Observer review picked up on the fact that you didn't engage in the book with anything other than heterosexual culture (I'm a gay mum). There's surely a sense in which these apparently alternative identities have also been assimilated into commodity culture to. Could you address this? Might straight culture be able to learn from GLBT cultures/identities?

too, even blush

PixieOnaLeaf Tue 02-Feb-10 20:53:43

What is your view on 'teenage' magazines, such as Sugar and Shout? What age group would you recommend them for and why?

poshsinglemum Tue 02-Feb-10 23:51:52

Hi Natasha,
I read your articles in the Times and I found them very interseting.

Do you think that men are also alienated by the hyper-sexualisation of women.

How can we teach young men to respect women and women to respect themselves and can true equality be attainable given the obvious differences between teh sexes?

poshsinglemum Tue 02-Feb-10 23:52:55

Sorry- that was three questions and I'm sorry about the terrible spelling. blush

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