Female Politicians? No, they’re just a bunch of wonder-woman-wannabees. Female CEOs? Boring. Hollywood’s Hottest Actresses? Sexy but senseless. Sportswomen? Nah-uh. Journalists? Not quiet. Fashion experts, perhaps? Hell no!
This year’s most newsworthy female, or so it will become, is a cuddly mamma with two black eyes — panda!
BBC News has recently announced its top twelve faces for 2011 in the men and women’s categories. While 12 of the human males managed to get into the list, only 11 female human beings made the cut. The remaining spot was reserved for Tian Tian, a female panda famous for her nickname Sweetie. And voila! Sweetie The Panda eventually won the title as this year’s top face of women.
And where there is ego-tripping and sexism, controversy follows. Lots of media outlets and women’s groups (apparently) have called on BBC News to replace the panda with a newsworthy human being. However, the company has remained unmoved by the social media outrage, pointing out that a male pig was also on its 2009 male list yet people made no qualms about it.
Women’s history of discrimination and struggle for human rights, ring a bell? HELLO?!
“Whilst we all love a good panda story, in a year when Christine Lagarde became head of the IMF, or Helle Thorning-Schmidt became prime minister of Denmark or even the sad death of Amy Winehouse, it’s frustrating the BBC couldn’t think of 12 human female faces who have made the news this year,” says Labor Member of Parliament Stella Creasy who also believes that BBC had a long way to go when it comes to representing women.