A World According to Women: An End to Thinking Paperback – 16 Jul 2009
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`This book will change the way you think.' -- Fay Weldon
About the Author
As the former editor of Guardian Women, Jane McLoughlin was part of the generation of women that originally sought to build social justice through liberation politics. Since then she has seen how women themselves, through in-fighting, irrationality and refusal to abandon their victim status, have destroyed all hope of building that dream of liberation. She has worked on the Hexham Courant, Newcastle Journal, and the Daily Mirror. She was deputy women's editor of the Daily Telegraph, a feature writer for the Daily Mail, and the editor of Guardian Women, where she was also a columnist and the industrial editor. She worked for the Observer and was a leader writer for The Independent. She was a producer for Granada TV and has published 5 non-fiction books, including two published by Virago, and 7 novels. She knows whereof she speaks.
Top Customer Reviews
The author's theory is that popular culture is wholly aimed at controlling women for political reasons and that society, law and government have now been made over how women want them to be. As she also says that popular culture is controlled by commercial mainly male interests I find this difficult to comprehend. The suggestion that Margaret Thatcher's government marginalised men and made them unemployed and unemployable seems a little farfetched to me; especially as it is not backed up by facts and figures. 3 million unemployed in the 1980s apparently all men - though she quotes no figures and conveniently forgets to mention that many married women would not have been eligible to sign on for an assortment of reasons.
The author does not spare Tony Blair's government suggesting he manipulated the media to influence women into his way of thinking. I don't think anyone could argue that the Blair regime did not manipulate the media, but was this manipulation really aimed only at women? The author seems to suggest popular culture is not read, watched or listened to by men - is this really true? What facts and figures are there available to support the theory? Unfortunately this book obviously went to press just before the level of expenses claimed by MPs was published by The Telegraph as she suggests the media only publish what Government tells them to publish.Read more ›
For a media buff McLoughlin seems strangely detached. Her generalisations on TV (p43 et seq) are the purest hogwash. She writes 'older women wanted.. stars like Val Doonican and Max Bygraves' when it's simply that that was what was available! 'Films were not constantly available on TV in those days.' So, who's the target audience here - under-twelves? Television 'mind-changing' for women? Yes, it made them so bored or dissatisfied they drank themselves silly, with consequences we live with today
Camille 'media maven' Paglia would have McLoughlin on toast and someone with an outsider eye like Turkish-American Murat Nemet-Nejat manages to be far more suggestive when he writes 'The purpose of TV style is to diminish the resistance between the inside and the outside of the box.. TV language is minimalist.. The true language of America is not American English, but TV'
On matters non-mediatic, McLoughlin finds romantic fiction or the escapism of a Catherine Cookson empowering. I rest my case. She further writes 'the popularity of the genre shows that it provides something that the mass of women want'. That so, Sherlock? On page 36 we read 'formality is intimidating to friendships'.Read more ›