It’s pretty easy to undermine a woman in a position of power. We’re so used to seeing it that we rarely think about it. You can do it in the mainstream media by using her first name (eg, Julia versus Abbott); you can do it by calling her a puppet (eg, every news story about Kristina Keneally and factions in the NSW Labor Party); hell, even Doctor Who knew that he could do it with just six little words: “Don’t you think she looks tired?” – a line that would never undermine a male PM because no one cares what they look like. If you think I’m wrong, then show me the mainstream media stories about John Howard’s briefcase, or Paul Keating’s earlobes, or whether Bob Hawke had a stylist.
You can also do it by reducing a woman in control of the BBC1’s £1,113.1m budget to her clothes.
Apparently you’re obsessed with your looks if you change your clothes each day for work. Seriously, what the fuck?