Just a quick post to fill in the gap while I am working on my next LONG article… My marito pointed out to me today that the infamous “Striscia Notizia” has made a rather large and perhaps revolutionary change to it’s format.
For those of you who don’t know it already: “Striscia Notizia” is a satirical news show on Canale 5, one of Berlusconi’s stations. It has had a long-standing format of two men who read the news as two scantily clad female models flutter about them in the background. Sexist comments are rampant, and the show is well known to feminists (and non-feminists alike) for its shocking treatment of women.
The 20+ minute documentary, “Il Corpo Delle Donne” (Women’s Bodies), cites this show a few times.
So the big news is that, apparently they have reversed the format of the show… Starting in the next season, there will be two women reading the news, with male models attending to them.
What do we think? Are they missing the point? Is it just Berlusconi’s attempt with win some female support? What do you predict popular reaction will be? Does objectifying men make up for the years of objectifying women? Or do we even care, just as long as there are hot men flexing on the screen?
By the way, if you haven’t watched this, you really should: