David Baddiel is a blithering idiot. Excerpts:
Held on International Women’s Day, Intelligence Squared brought together a fantastic panel of speakers to discuss “Feminism Is for Everyone”.
BBC newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis chaired the event, from the outset clarifying the discussion was not to be focused on the merits of feminism as such – taking equality as a given aim – but rather the inclusivity of feminism and how the so-called “fifth wave” has played out in our current climate…
David Baddiel made light of being the representative of his gender in the discussion: “I think I’m here to prove this is the inverse of another BBC panel show…” The comedian, actor and writer brought a natural humour and contrasting insight, highlighting the inherited understanding of what it means to be a man as not only damaging to women’s position in society but men as well: “Suicide is still the biggest killer of young men in the UK. [It’s the biggest killer of men under 50.] Working class men particularly – they don’t feel they have a way of expressing themselves.”
For him, crucially important is a toxic prevailing paradigm where mainstream media (cringing that he used Trump’s term, though unavoidable) is selling itself on images of women, feeding a stereotyped idea of a what a women should look like: “Everywhere you look, we are faced with a one-dimensional woman designed to sell you something – we don’t notice this enormous objectification of women everywhere.”
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