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Sunday, December 10, 2006

Girl Power! Who's pulling the plug?

On a slow moving Friday afternoon, a headline like 'Some Hollywood women too busy to shave armpits' catches your attention. I mean, come on - most of the recent articles about Hollywood females have been about certain other delicate corners of the body..!

However, when I clicked through, it didn't turn out to be a paparazzi expose on who was or wasn't keeping up to date with their underarm stubble. It was apparently the only mainstream media coverage of the Hollywood Reporter's 15th annual Women In Entertainment Power 100 list.

The annoucement of the Power 100 list is somewhat anticipated in the wider film industry, as its a good indicator of who, as it states, has the power in the entertainment business at the time. Which generally means, who has the access to the money. A useful thing to know!

In the depths of the article are embedded really intruiging things, such as that the (female) edition of the list begun with just 50 places. They've gone from scraping around to fill that, to having to be ruthless to cull it down to their top 100.

How on earth is all this relevant to the headline then, you may be wondering? Well, there was a function to kick all this off, and one of the keynote speakers was actress, Maria Bello.

Its taken from a quote of hers, talking about juggling being a mother with finding enough time to maintain the supposedly glamorous image of being a Hollywood actress. I just find it phenonmenal that it an article like this with the empowering content and messages, they choose this angle to try and pick a headline.

Unfortunately, it don't surprise me, but it does still disappoint me. You can read the Reuters version I found on stuff.co.nz here.

And as a parting shot - let's not think this is a bullshit misogynistic overbearing trait limited to the film industry and its representation in the media - the music industry and the print publications that "support" it are just as rife.

I have a soft spot for Lily Allen, as you well know, and here she is on her MySpace blog, sounding off about some appauling treatment by NME, demonstrating feminism (defined as equal treatment for both sexes) still has a fair way to go in all realms of the entertainment world, despite the continuing successes of the talented women out there.

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Blogger Lou said...

Well, you know I agree - I feel like I spend half my time these days getting pissed off about all this bullshit. Sigh.

Tue Dec 12, 06:58:00 AM  
Blogger Lou said...

OMG, just read the link - who is she? I love her. This is the best thing I have read in yonks:
I mean how fucking patronising " you can still rock a crowd wearing stilletos "
Is that all we are , stilleto wearing people , is that all he could say ,that we brought a " new energy" to the music scene . Don't make me sick , wev'e always been here you arrogant prick , this was your chance to actually show you meant it . And instead you put Muse on the cover . Cause you thought that your readers might not buy a magazine with an overweight lesbian and a not particularly attractive looking me , on the front . Wankers .


(is the overweight lesbian she mentions the lead singer of The Gossip?)

Tue Dec 12, 07:03:00 AM  
Blogger Bel said...

RE: The Gossip - no idea, never heard of 'em.

Lily Allen gets a mention in the comments of my post here thanks to Steph.
You've most likely heard her single "Smile" but the whole album is worth checking out - her lyrics are brilliantly subversive with great music underneath.
Its not your usual stuff at all, miss rock chick, but you'd still get a kick out of it!

Tue Dec 12, 08:59:00 AM  
Blogger Lou said...

They are the 'feminist punk' band that Steph and I almost went to see over here a few weeks ago (illness got in the way when poor wee Stephy was struck down).

To quote from their MySpace page:
Gossip is young + full of blood. We have existed for 4 years. We are a punk band consisting of 3. We are interested in art, change, the underground, dancing, fashion and movements.
http://www.myspace.com/gossipband

I haven't heard a single note of their music but I'm sure they're awesome ;-P

Will pick up some Lilly Allen when expanding my MP3 player collection from Steph's lappy.

Wed Dec 13, 03:22:00 AM  
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