Want a glass of sexist Punch?

Writing in The Punch today, David Penberthy tackles The Big Issue: Guys talk about female body image. Because, you know, men haven’t had enough say about women’s bodies.

ALMOST 70 per cent of men say that a woman’s face is much more important than her breasts, legs or figure, a Punch survey of male attitudes on female body image has found.

Yet the picture with the story – indeed, below this very sentence – is of a dorky-looking bloke with his face between two “hot” female arses. Give me a fucking break. Basically what he’s saying is “hey girls, don’t worry about your bodies, we’re only interested in a pretty face”. There, body image issues solved.

And almost two-thirds of men believe that women spend far too much time worrying about their appearance, and should spend less time fretting about what men think – because you are all much hotter than you think you are.

Wow, knowing that men find women much hotter than we think we are has solved female body image issues everywhere. Thanks for this important contribution.

It’s all bullshit anyway, because the wording of the link – “Joe Hildebrand talking about his love of fat chicks” – and the last sentence – “And if you are a chick, stop worrying so much” – just proves that they still view women as objects.

We were moved to embark on this project because the one missing feature from the important national debate about female body image is that at no stage has anybody asked the blokes what they think.

Penberthy, when all you have to offer the discussion about female body image is asking a bunch of middle-class blokes which body parts they think are hottest, then you can’t be surprised that no one wants your opinion. Call me crazy, but this is just another article on “what men find hot and how you can be hotter for men”.

It’s a pity – because there is now some interesting evidence that women are laying a serious guilt-trip on themselves and reinforcing stereotypes about their size and shape which have absolutely no bearing on whether men find them attractive or not.

That’s right. It’s all our fault. Silly me.

13 responses to “Want a glass of sexist Punch?

  1. Its the ‘at no stage’ quote that gets me. 1) care to back that sweeping statement up 2) what total bollocks! Men have forever and a day espoused the virtues and flaws of female bodies in every corner of the media continuum – from lads mags to Vanity Fair to The Guardian, thereby constantly adding to the female body image debate There is no shortage of men’s opinion on the subject matter. That whole article smacks of “ah diddums, were the poor little boys felling left out of a what is predominantly a woman’s issue – it’s almost like some women don’t we know that their opinion is key. I’m sure female journos are lining up to get on the discussion about testicular cancer and shaving rashes for fear of being ignored.

    P.S. As a woman, I don’t need reinforcement from a man that I look hot or not. Its so insulting to assume that women have no validation beyond when a man tells us its ok to have some curves. But thanks to Punch I can now at least take that paper bag off my head.

  2. Well for a second there I was worried…

    • When all they have to offer to a discussion about female body image is which body parts they think are hot – and they think this is an important contribution – then they can’t be pissed off that no one wants their opinion.

  3. well made point there NWN

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  5. I clicked the link. Saw the photo of the asses and clicked out. That photo alone is enough to make me pass out from excessive eye rolling.

  6. Right on!

    [T]here is now some interesting evidence that women are laying a serious guilt-trip on themselves and reinforcing stereotypes about their size and shape which have absolutely no bearing on whether men find them attractive or not.

    That sentence. Fuck. There’s just so much patriarchal, sexist bullshit in that one sentence. “Ladies, why all the fussin’? I’ll have sex with you!”

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