Challenges against Pink…
Posted by Cate on February 24, 2009
I was excited to read about Pink Stinks, a campaign created by a couple of woman in the UK which aims aims to counteract the slurry of media obsession on women who are ‘famous’, ‘thin’ ‘rich’ or ‘married to famous men’, by celebrating those women that we see as inspirational, important, ground-breaking and motivating.
The campaign includes a media watch, websites for young women and their parents respectively and an extensive list of positive role models for young women across a diverse range of life areas (modelling and acting thankfully excluded).
PinkStinks posits a variety of stats which highlight he need for positive media role models for young women, in particular that
44% (of girls questioned) admit they can name more WAGS [wives and girlfriends of professional footballers] than female politicians.
Girlguides survey 2008 (I can’t remember the Guides ever doing surveys when I was involved, interesting…”
And also this charmer:
A poll of people under 25 found the Amy Winehouse was the ultimate Heroine, with Pete Doherty voted second most popular male hero.
It’s an encouraging effort and I’ll certainly keep reader’s posted.