Sexism at its worst: Oscar women dress to attract attention and get it!

According to Newsnight, the female stars at the Oscars are upset at the attention paid to what they wear. I have just watched some footage of the ladies arriving at the ceremony and I have to say that some of the outfits are quite outrageous and clearly worn to attract attention. I don’t mind at all the fact that they are wearing, or sometimes, perhaps, barely wearing, these designer gowns. I do, though, object to the sheer hypocrisy of dressing that way and then complaining when people comment on it. I imagine that if one of the male celebrities had his trouser legs flapping open to the hip, or his shirt open to the navel, he too would attract comment: comment that would no doubt be much less favourable than that lavished on the women.

Thank heavens for the sensible comments by Newsnight host Evan Davis and journalist Rosie Millard, suggesting that the women would do better not to play up to the cameras. If they don’t want comments or questions about their hugely expensive and revealing gowns, let them follow the example of the men and turn up in a dark two-piece and white blouse. After a brief period of astonishment, the journalists will stop asking about what they wear and start asking them the same intellectually challenging questions they ask the men. Please remind me what those questions are, though: I can’t actually recall the men being asked anything at all…