Women and the Right to Age on Screen

Do women have the right to age freely on screen? The sad answer, as in larger society, is no. Not always, but still too often. The last public “case” on the list is that of Lisa LaFlamme.

A veteran journalist, recipient of numerous awards and presenter of CTV National News since 2011, she was shown the door in June. However, his news program topped the ratings.

It was she herself who announced it on Twitter last week. The shocking news made the rounds in the media. To abroad. All the details of this story are not yet known. The fact remains, Bell Media’s decision already smacks of sexism and ageism.

Corresponding globe and mail, Part of the explanation for that sacking was one of his new bosses’ concerns about the antenna chief’s graying hair. Other sources report that Ms. LaFlamme’s internal requests for additional resources aimed at ensuring quality information have also worried her managers.

Until proven otherwise, Lisa LaFlamme, 58, would have been punished twice. Both the form of its image and the substance of its perception of quality information.

From brown to silver

Hence the solidarity expressed with Mr.me LaFlamme through the media universe. For journalists, it is indeed a brutal slap in the face. In response, even the Dove company jumped in to praise the beauty of gray hair.

You should know that during the pandemic, Lisa LaFlamme, like many women, including myself, stopped dying her hair. Her luscious hair has changed from a mahogany brown to a shimmering silver.

While gray hair is seen as a sign of maturity in men, including news anchors, it is still seen as a sign of accelerated aging or neglect in women.

Woe to those who dare to flaunt their crow’s feet or a few extra pounds. For where image triumphs over substance, the tyranny of youth also takes the place of enforced thinness. Eating disorders don’t happen in women for nothing.

Hence the flood of sexist and demeaning insults that are being hurled at us women journalists on social media, all of which are invariably related to our looks.

terrible news

Because these issues are well known in the industry, Bell Media’s decision sends a terribly sexist message. Because no, this is not just a “wrong” business decision.

This decision tells us that in 2022 it may happen that a woman, despite being at the top of her profession, is partially trapped by a casual assessment of her looks.

She says that in all walks of life, despite concrete advances towards more equality for women, it still happens that their physique serves as an imposed sign of their success or failure.

On screen or not, women, like men, must have the right to live in peace and age as they see fit.

We demand diversity in all winds for good reason. Scoop: Women also have a right to their own diversity. And it’s non-negotiable.

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