Reports of the Russian feminist punk-rock group Pussy Riot and their quest for justice continue to dominate the news this week as they face up to seven years in jail for simply daring to speak out against their President, Vladimir Putin, and what they claim is his “anti-feminist regime”. Although this particular case was more a serious violation of human rights than blatant sexism, it did thrust the subject of feminism back into the media.
Someone else hitting the headlines this week who appears to have forgotten feminism ever happened is Hip Hop sensation Kanye West after the title of a song he had written for his girlfriend, Kim Kardashian was revealed as the rather misogynistic to say the least, ‘My Perfect Bitch’. An attempt at a love song would you believe, how sweet. Oh to have been a fly on the wall when he announced that one over the dinner table. I find it very doubtful that she would have thrown her arms around him whilst beaming with pride and would hazard a guess it was more a scene involving some uncomfortable wincing in a bid to salvage a smile, followed by a panicked call to her Mother and Manager to discuss any possible implications.
I think Mr West should take a leaf out of his mentor and right hand man’s book, Jay Z, who shortly after the birth of his first daughter earlier this year announced he would no longer be using the ‘B’ word to refer to ladies. Apparently his wife and partner of over ten years, Beyoncé, wasn’t a big enough incentive to ditch the derogatory term before, but hey, better late than never right?
There was some light at the end of the slightly sexist tunnel this week though. In the run up to the release of their debut single ‘Wings’ we have been seeing a lot more of last year’s X Factor winners, Little Mix in the news looking great yet surprisingly covered up. They have simply stuck to their guns after vowing to not sex up their image in order to sell records, therefore keeping it all about their music and talent, painting the group as refreshingly good role models for the younger generations. Good on the girls I say.