Friday 22 September 2017

It was a great escape for plucky girls everywhere

Stridently backwards perhaps, but Bunty was kind of fun, according to former Bunty girl, Ciara O'Connor

The Bunty years, as I call them in the memoirs of my mind, were times of blissful innocence: before the problem pages of Mizz, with their talk of boys and boobs, from which I would piece together rudimentary and deeply confused sex education
The Bunty years, as I call them in the memoirs of my mind, were times of blissful innocence: before the problem pages of Mizz, with their talk of boys and boobs, from which I would piece together rudimentary and deeply confused sex education

Ciara O'Connor

This week, the Sunday Independent is giving away a Bunty comic - and it's not as a hint that we should be returning to the 1950s.

Bunty is a valuable social document: a record of a time and a values system that we shouldn't forget. But aside from its stridently backwards ideals, Bunty is kind of fun.

In many respects, I'm a bad feminist: I went to see Dunkirk at the cinema to better enjoy the smorgasbord of perfect male bone structure and tousled hair in glorious hi-def. I did not tweet about the lack of female roles afterwards. I maintain that taking bins out is a man's job. And yes - I read Bunty as a child. And I'm not sorry.

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