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Body fascism for female television presenters.

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greencolorpack Wed 01-Jun-11 09:30:26

This morning I was watching the morning news, and the female presenter, whose name escapes me, had a bit of a tummy. I wondered if she was pregnant. And indeed, she was, cos she mentioned it later.

Isn't it messed up, in a way, that you see a presenter and they look a bit big round the middle and the only possible explanation is that they must be pregnant? Like people who don't have tiny little waists are incapable of reading the news?

mayorquimby Wed 01-Jun-11 10:10:19

Just to be clear, the only reason a presenter looked pregnant was because she was pregnant?

SquirrelChaser Wed 01-Jun-11 10:11:50

It's what we've become conditioned to expect. All female presenters are pretty and very slim, whereas male presenters can look like the back end of a frog and no one comments.

greencolorpack Wed 01-Jun-11 10:45:44

No Mayorquimby, not the point I was making. Just... I'm conditioned to expect thin female presenters, and it annoys me. Why can't they have a big tummy cos it's a food baby? Why can't they be "normal" sized? With all the rich plethora of sizes normal entails? I only noticed because it's something different. And I bet the media would ban pregnant women too if they could get away with it.

mayorquimby Wed 01-Jun-11 16:05:34

No they wouldn't. Pregnant women = more publicity and higher ratings for tv shows. No reason why they'd ban it, it gives otherwise bland and uninteresting presenters a readymade story and connection with the audience. There's idiots who will see them and go, "awwww they're pregnant, I am/was pregnant too I can relate tot them. they're just like me."

sprogger Thu 02-Jun-11 23:38:21

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BooyHoo Thu 02-Jun-11 23:41:58

the only person i can think of who isn't a size 8 skinny presenter is ruth (can't remember her surname) on 'this morning'

not sure what size she is but she isn't the typical skinny shape and i like that. i don't much like her or eamonn but i like that she isn't invisible when she turns sideways.

greencolorpack Fri 03-Jun-11 09:12:26

I like Supernanny for the same reason. Also, not just her shape, but she has some damn good advice.

MmeLindor. Fri 03-Jun-11 09:16:39

I was talking to DH about this recently.

Not just fat/thin women. Mature or less attractive women are seldom seen as TV presenters.

A man can have a face like a skelped arse and still be on TV. Most of the women are fluffy eye candy. (Even the intelligent ones)

I agree with you.

BelleEnd Fri 03-Jun-11 09:20:52

I agree with you OP. Not about Supernanny, though, she gets on my nerves. grin

I think about this a lot when listening to Woman's Hour on Radio 4- Jenni Murray has to be one of the best, most insightful TV presenter we have in this conutry, and she is actually very beautiful... I wonder whether she's not on TV though choice, or because she's bigger?

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