Body shaming of successful women has to stop

by | Jul 14, 2015

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Is this this a male physique?

Serena Williams is built like a man? Hmmm ... really? You think?

I have to confess I haven't read a single Harry Potter book, or seen a movie featuring this modern-day folk hero. I am reliably informed that my life is the worse for this. And I do believe it. But nevertheless, I am still a fan of JK Rowling. And never more so than when she stepped up in support of Serena Williams against body shaming Tweeters. She sent out a Tweet thus:

"[email protected] "she is built like a man". Yeah, my husband looks just like this in a dress. You're an idiot."

It was apparently retweeted more than 60000 times. And quite rightly.

I looked for any references during the tournament for any body shaming of Novak Djokovic. Nothing at all on his bum - at least not in the mainstream press. His gluten free diet is discussed with academic interest, not dissected as some foody fad.

Isn't it about time that when a successful woman achieves, or even fails to achieve, her appearance is irrelevant?  Whether it's Beyoncé, Hillary Clinton or Serena Williams. Women at the pinnacle of their careers, giving something positive to society, should not be forced to worry about the size of their butts, make-up or no make-up and the style of their hair.

[Tweet "It is now beyond ridiculous."]

Men exempt

Does anyone go into the size of Bono's bum (or other body parts) Barack Obama's hair style or Novak's complexion?  [Tweet "No they don't. And that is how it should be"].  They are great musicians, politicians and athletes.

Do they look cute in suits? Of course. Being a woman doesn't impact our eyesight. But these observations also quite rightly don't make headlines. Michelle Obama's arms produces 696,000 hits in 0.38  Google seconds.

And what's more, when defence is mobilised on behalf of these female targets via social media, it shouldn't get tagged with the line "feminist backlash"

[Tweet "So let women have their day in the spotlight for something they have achieved. "]For being at the very top of their game, whatever field that might be in.

Regardless of their appearance or how it's perceived

Dorothy Dalton Administrator
Dorothy Dalton is CEO of 3Plus International. A specialist in diversity and bias conscious executive search, she joins the dots between organisations, individuals, opportunity and success.
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