The Playboy/Mad Men vibe was on full show this week, weirdly enough, during Obama\’s visit. What was going on in the backyard of No 10? A barbecue, well obviously. David and Barack were serving meat. Burger and lambchops. A little bit country. A little bit rock\’n\’roll? …….. Still, there were the guys doing the meat fest while the first ladies got \”to man the salad bowls\”. And wear nice dresses. Does life get any better than doling out coleslaw?
If the body language between Cameron and Obama was stiff at times, it wasn\’t as stiff as between Sam and Michelle who we are told managed a bit of \”a natter\”. Incredible! They then posed ridiculously together on a sofa…….. Michelle appeared in a variety of gowns and took some girls to Oxford and yes, is eight foot tall and totally amazing. But why Oxford? Still, the message that you can make it wherever you come from is not one that our prime minister\’s wife could go round making. The Obamas look like royalty all right.
But this tableau got to me because, despite Michelle, it summed up so much of what is currently on trend here: women as ornaments, men making decisions and those decisions being largely based on the idea that we must look back rather than forwards.
The complaint seems to be that the two women, Sam and Michelle, were treated simply as ornaments.
So we\’ve the Prime Minister, one who, whatever one might think of him personally (not a lot but there we go), has managed to get elected as an MP and then lead to what is the definition of political victory in this country, a majority in the House of Commons.
We\’ve the President of the United States. Similarly an individual who has managed to climb to the top of the political greasy pole.
Then there are the two women (erm, individually, of course, not collectively) that they happened to fall in love with and marry along the way.
Err, yes, these are ornaments. In just the same way that Dennis was an ornament to St. Maggie, whoever Madonna happens to be shagging at the moment is an ornament …..
Two women who are famous simply because they are wives: and it\’s naughty of us all to view them as being what they are, wives?
To view women who have achieved something as people who have achieved something, yes, by all means. But to go al;l starry eyed at those who are ornaments to those who have as being admirable in their own right…..isn\’t this the Princess thing all over again? A woman gains status from who she sleeps with?