Yesterday, one of the most ridiculous stories I’ve ever seen was published on the Daily Mail. The title was “Sunrise host Sam Armytage dares to bare with granny panties showing a visible line as she steps out in Sydney… after slamming rumours she’s dating Channel Seven colleagues.” I’m not going to link to the article here, but you can find it easily yourself if you really want to read it.
Several things stand out to me.
Sam Armytage is a woman, who happens to be a presenter on a top rating morning show. Someone is deliberately taking pictures that show her panty line, and then commenting on it. She’s effectively being vilified for her choice of underwear, and then trolled on the internet because of it.
Apart from the invasion of privacy, this article is yet another demonstration of the sexism that women in the public eye are so often subjected to. And of course, a visible panty line is so much more important than any other issue in the world today. <sarcasm>
When was the last time anyone saw an article on a male celebrity’s visible panty line? (Or maybe I should call it a ‘visible jock line,’ or even a ‘visible boxer line.’) In fact, when was the last time anyone saw a male celebrity stalked and photographed and vilified in this manner?
It makes me angry. Frustrated and angry in fact, that it’s 2016 and women are still being judged by their clothing choices – choices which are no-one’s business but their own. Who cares if someone wears comfy undies? Seriously….