It's not Karen Danczuk who should be ashamed, but those who attack her for what she wears
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Councillor Karen Danczuk, married to Rochdale Labour MP Simon Danczuk, last week found herself embroiled in a row with the Loose Women of ITV – and it’s all down to her selfies. The show’s presenters, including Janet Street-Porter and pop star Jamelia, laid into Councillor Danczuk over her penchant for posting selfies (sometimes, God forbid, showing cleavage) on Twitter, condemning her as a bad role model for young women and, in a somewhat bizarre argument, implying that this was in some roundabout way to be associated with the Rochdale sex grooming scandal of over two years ago. Street-Porter said she felt ‘ashamed’ by Danczuk’s belief that she could be a role model to young girls in Rochdale, because apparently ‘getting your assets out on a Friday night and posting a picture’ completely disqualifies you from such a position, while said she was ‘concerned’ by the clothes Danczuk wears in her selfies – a touch hypocritical given that, as a pop singer, Jamelia herself has been photographed in countless revealing outfits in the past. I have to say, what worries me far more than what Danczuk chooses to wear, or not to wear, in her personal photographs are the attitudes conveyed by these women to a sizeable daytime TV audience. By affiliating Danczuk’s choice of clothing with her values and even her worth as a woman, the presenters portrayed an astonishingly misogynistic standpoint on the whole matter; the basic message was that, if a woman wears a low-cut top, she instantly devalues herself and leaves herself open to being seen as a primarily sexual object.
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