Friday 16 November 2018

The new gender rules: What women can get away with but most men certainly cannot…

Yes we can: It’s acceptable for women to objectify Aidan Turner in Poldark but men are seen as creeps if they ogle the opposite sex
Yes we can: It’s acceptable for women to objectify Aidan Turner in Poldark but men are seen as creeps if they ogle the opposite sex

Shane Watson

Here's a quick update from the gender front line, so please pay attention. You may have noticed that, alongside the protests about what women and men can still do separately, there's a growing list of things that men may no longer do at all, while women still can.

Yes, somewhat confusingly, there is now often one rule for Them and another rule for Us - although maybe we're only halfway through the recalibrations. Anyway, here's the list of Yes We Cans (But No You Can't), so far.

Poldarking

Or objectifying men. This one is in the news again because the fourth season kicked off on Sunday and Poldark is a seasonal reminder that, when it comes to ogling and objectifying the opposite sex, there's now one rule for women (Go ahead! Rewind the scything scene!) and another for men (Eeew, creepy loser).

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