I don’t think any true feminist is that kind of feminist

Debate is vital but breakfast TV has become a soap opera

Breakfast telly like Good Morning Britain is full of controversy and conflict (Photo: Ken McKay/ITV/REX)It was 5:30 in the morning when my phone rang. Instinctively, I panicked that it was my mum telling me someone had died.

Much to my relief, it was a member of the Good Morning Britain production team, asking if I was available to come into canada goose outlet boston the studio in the next hour to take part in a canada goose outlet edmonton debate with Susanna Reid and her co presenter.

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The thing about breakfast telly is that it lies somewhere between canada goose parka outlet the news and a soap opera.

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canada goose uk outlet However, on at least five occasions after my chat with a producer, I’ve have been told that my views aren’t ‘extreme’ enough and that they are looking for someone to be more ‘controversial’. canada goose uk outlet

Controversy and conflict may boost viewing figures, but they don’t do much to aide the viewers’ understanding of social or political issues. I doubt that a producer’s salary is reflective of the latter.

I was once told I was unsuitable for a debate because they wanted a feminist who was ‘too small canada goose outlet legit to wear heels’, and was asked if I knew ‘anyone of that description’ to come in to talk? Eye roll emoji.

TV and radio producers like to push the narrative of the angry feminist. Unreasonable man haters who cause a stir. I’m not that feminist. I don’t think any true feminist is that kind of feminist.

But if the only feminists who are given a voice in the media are extremists, then the public’s perception of the whole movement is skewed.

If the only debates we see on TV or hear on the radio have been ‘cast’ by producers to maximise entertainment value, then we don’t learn anything.

If we only hear opposing arguments from extremists on either side, then we end up somewhere in the middle.

Which is where we probably were anyway, so we don’t move forward on vital issues affecting society.

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Brexit had all the makings of a soap opera: villains, drama, conflict. But the entertainment factor is limited; what use is a conflict if we don’t reach a resolution?

My second issue with canada goose outlet uk sale TV debates is this: debating whether or not something is racist, sexist, ableist or homophobic is not helpful. But it is helpful to talk about why.

The titles we see on screen when issue https://www.thecanadagooseoutlet.com based debates are taking place are often ‘Is this sexist?’, ‘was this racist?’, ‘is this transphobic?’ and 99% of the time, the answer is categorically yes. We must accept that they are, so that we discuss how to progress as a society.

People are often more outraged at being called sexist than they actually are with sexism. We need canada goose outlet to see the right people discussing these issues too.

There are too many white people discussing race, too many men canada goose outlet eu debating women’s issues, and too many right wing extremists being given airtime on topics that deserve better.

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I’m tired of having to debate whether something that is clearly sexist is sexist or not sexist with a man who is, more than likely, quite sexist. But I won’t be stopping any time soon.

canada goose store The morning I was called into GMB, I debated the issue of sexism in the media with Piers Morgan and Neil Wallis, the former editor of the News of the World. Two men who’ve been criticised for how they’ve treated women in the pages of newspapers, or on TV. canada goose store

I wish I lived in a world where I didn’t have to defend my experiences of sexism with a man like Piers Morgan.

canadian goose jacket I wish I didn’t have to watch a black man defend his comments on his experience of institutionalised racism against a panel of white people. It’s time to change the picture on our screens. canadian goose jacket

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I have recently had my faith restored by a handful of younger researchers and producers making their way though the ranks who are beginning to diversify the factual entertainment scene.