Are they actually serious?

I don’t get all burn the bra feminist very often, and particularly not here, but this has me totally riled.

Colleen McCullough died on my birthday. Aside from being our country’s best selling author {publishing 25 books}, she was an acclaimed scientist who set up and ran the neurophysiology unit at one of Sydney’s major hospitals – and who was invited to Yale in the US to run a research laboratory, which she did for a number of years.

With those couple of points being the tip of the iceberg of information on this amazing woman, what lead line did The Australian {our national newspaper} choose to publish?

Colleen McCullough

Where do I even begin with this one? Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was, nevertheless, a woman of wit and warmth. Are those things mutually exclusive? And more the point: does it matter an iota what she looked like or what the scales are assumed to have said?

Why oh why, in this day and age, are our media outlets still commenting on women’s physical attributes as if they matter a toss? Are they actually serious? Is this an article about a someone who has embarked on an extreme makeover? No, it is an obituary.

If it were an obituary about a famous male would they mention his weight or features? I think we all know the answer to that. A quick search of articles around the death of Luciano Pavarotti found no mention of his morbid obesity, or whether or not the writer found him to be visually appealing or otherwise. I found only acclamation for Pavarotti’s incredible voice.

The author of Colleen McCullough’s obituary for The Australian {the byline has been amended to attribute the article only to The Australian}, along with the editor, should hang their heads in shame.

One Comment Add yours

  1. dogdaz says:

    Oh how sad. Just when we think women could rule the world, the media shows us that we are only as good as our visual countenance. What crap!!! You have a right to be angry. It amazes me how the US leads stories on brilliant women, like Hillary Clinton, with a documentary on what color or cut her suit was at the negotiating table. Still have a way to go. Hopefully our daughters will be judged more on their heads and less on their butts. – Lorian

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