Wednesday, March 9, 2011
FOX NEWS AND THE LOOK OF FEMALE ANCHORS/REPORTERS
Over the last few years a lot of attention has been paid to FOX News. Not only because their controversy causing commentators like Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck but also because of another set of personalities on the networks. Not that anyone is really focusing on their personalities. The female contributors of FOX NEWS have come under fire for some of their affinity's to revealing clothing. In Picture above Laurie Dhue.
In an article entitled," Fox News ratings are rising, so are its anchors’ skirts" from I HATE THE MEDIA. The article Chronicles the shortness of skirts that some women on FOX wear. Let me just say that this article though the content may have been relevant, basically just posted videos and pictures of the newscasters controversial outfits in an exploitative manner, but I digress.
The article received over 200 comments. Ranging from comments like, "So you want who, Rachel Madcow in a short skirt? Or maybe Barbera Starr? I know, I know, Candy Crowley. Yes, we all know that’s what you really want to see." and "All other things being equal, wouldn’t you rather listen to news while looking at a more attractive looking woman? The hot women on Fox News in their short skirts give me those family making values!" to "Liberal women are dogs..i don’t know why, i guess the ugly shows through" Very few of the comments that I read stated problems with the shortness of the skirts.
I'm torn on this issue. One because never would a man's wardrobe choice be scrutinized and no has the right to tell anyone how to dress. However, if FOX producers are pushing a "certain" look on the female anchors and reporters then I have a problem because they are feeding into the stereotype of women as nothing more than eye-candy and in a profession where women have clawed and fought tooth and nail to be taken seriously the "eye candy" stereotype becomes a problem.
Must women anchors dress ultra conservatively to be respected? Is there a difference between being fashion forward and too revealing? Does what a female anchor is wearing detract from what she is reporting? Does the viewer have the right to complain about what they deem inappropriate outfit choices?
Can it reach the point that news content is lost because the revealing outfit is a distraction, perhaps making guests and viewers uncomforable? Many would agree that Dhue's skirt length is not appropriate in any professional job setting and is very jarring compared to the polished and professional look of her male co-host. Can women afford to take these fashion "risks"?
Posted by Fey at 9:35 PM