It was my great misfortune to have to watch TV this weekend (aged relative) and every female presenter I saw would have made the StepFord Wives looked real.
Andrea McLean on Loose Woman of course looked particularly stretched and Barbie-like ... but they all are it seems. They all also looking increasingly skinny - I noticed this watching Strictly Dancing this weekend, which I haven't seen for a few years. The female presenters looked positively gaunt.
As for the botoxed presenters, journalists and newsreaders, I can't see any expressions in their faces. The only thing that really moves is their mouths! Really bizarre, much like a ventriloquist doll! Are they even aware of this effect?!
I know this issue has been done to death on MN. But I feel like switching off the Barbies now whenever they come on ... I'm all for women looking great and enjoying their bodies and appearance with fashion, makeup whatever. But this botox stepford thing increasingly creeps me out as it seems to be EVERYWHERE in the media. Are there in fact any women over the age of 45 in the media who haven't had this done, or facelifts, reconstructive surgery, whatever ? Are they signalling their bourgeois privilege" - I can afford to look this good unlike 90% of my viewers. Or I am only allowed here in the media because I make myself into a plastic doll (even in my 40s, 50s, etc) ...
In the Daily Hate the other day, there was an article on Judy Finnegan. Comments were all on the lines of "Christ, hasn't she aged". The next article, about Madonna, had several comments like "What has she done to her face, she's plastic".
I do this too now. I just cannot bear any more fake breasted, botoxed, cleavage-exposing bimbo mutants telling me the news, trying to convey some cultural information, or anything actually. I just switch over or off.
I have to admit, I don't really notice it anymore! Agree with the above posters that women can't win either way and must be hard to resist with the constant scrutiny and prejudice against older women on tv. HD probably made telly folk run to cosmetic surgeons too...
Don’t see the problem? It is their money and their face/body, so they should do as they like. Why do people seem to think natural beauty is any more of an achievement that fake. We are all guilty of trying to make the best of our selfs, whether that be an anti ageing cream or botox. I think the real problem here is jealously and other women feeling better about their appearance by tearing other women’s down.
Funnily enough I've been thinking the same as you OP. And where are the male news reporters on the BBC? Every correspondent - local, UK and worldwide - seems to be by a female now. Have all the men been binned off for any reason?
Women really can't win can they? Have you considered doing one small positive thing for women instead of an action that entrenches the challenges they face? I turn off the tv when sports commentators who have regularly made crass sexist racist comments come on. I don't try and shut down the success a limited number of women have.
I take comfort in Jennifer Saunders. Think of Julie Walters and Jennifer, who are years and years younger than Jane Fonda and then look at Jane. She has no lines on her face and is 80. She is promoting her latest movie which goes by the unfortunate title of Our Souls in the Night.