10/21/2013

Misleading Titles

Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson was interviewed for The Observer's Food Monthly. When asked "are you a feminist?", this is what she replied
I feel the answer to be so self-evidently a "yes", I am almost baffled by the question. When I wrote How to Be a Domestic Goddess, many felt I was saying that women's place was in the kitchen, but the ironic pictures on the endpapers surely undermined that, except for those people who consciously chose to misread my intent.
Feeling comfortable in the kitchen is essential for everyone, male or female. At the time it seemed so many people were fearful of cooking, and that meant home was never more than a stop-off from work. Women of my generation were keen – rightly – not to be tied to the stove, but the ramifications of this were that they felt a sense of dread in the kitchen. How can this be good for anyone? I also feel that to denigrate any activity because it has traditionally been associated with the female sphere is in itself anti-feminist.
HOWEVER, the following news websites have decided to report her answer with the following titles:
Need I explain why this is infuriating? The woman herself claims she is a feminist, yet writers do not hesitate for one second to make her sound like she is bashing the movement, all this before one even has the chance to read the article. The articles themselves don't twist her words too much, but they do comment on her divorce, which is irrelevant to the story. So here you go, another (fresh) attempt at delegitimizing feminism through mainstream news channels.

You can find the original interview here.

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More misleading titles - 

It seems like these news sites feed off each other rather than going back to the original source.

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