Misogynist Soup

Kate's Mysterious Waist, Michele Bachmann Eats a Corndog and Compulsory Plastic Surgery

To make this week’s Misogynist Soup, you will need the following ingredients:


  • British Grazia magazine.
  • The Telegraph.
  • Kim Jong-Il and the requirements for a beauty pageant in Hungary.



Left: Australian Grazia. Right: British Grazia.
Image via Jezebel.

If Disney taught us anything, it’s that Stockholm Syndrome is really romantic if your kidnapper is fluffy and more importantly, that princesses are way thin and pretty.

But how thin is thin enough?

Super-slender newly royal Kate Middleton somehow didn’t make the cut but thankfully British Grazia was able to do some snipping for her. For their Royal Wedding cover, they eliminated a few of her vital organs (not pictured) in order to give her a more appropriate mannequin silhouette.

Sadly, their good deed went noticed against their Australian cover featuring the same image (and I’d imagine the live coverage of the wedding kind of gave them away too).

Now, they’re backtracking with another of our beloved “sorry but not really”s in response to public outcry. In order to feature a solo Kate of Cambridge on the cover, they had to omit Prince William, which led to necessary Photoshopping of her raised arm at his side. Understandable. As for her altered waist? Grazia took a moment to “reassure all our readers that we did not purposely make any alteration of the Duchess of Cambridge’s image to make her appear slimmer and we are sorry if this process gave that impression.


If? If???

The magazine continued to say, “Grazia takes the issue of women’s body image very seriously and we would never ‘slim down’ a picture of a female role model.”

None of this explains why their Australian graphic artists were able to perform the same feat and still retain her actual body, nor does it really explain much of anything.

Source: Press Complaints Commission via Jezebel.


It’s funny because…
Image via Toby Harnden/the Telegraph.

Regardless of the fact that I’m about as fond of Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann as I am of having 10,000 spoons when all I need is a knife, there’s something very disturbing about this picture of her “trying out a local delicacy at the Iowa State Fair” as the Telegraph innocuously frames it.

When you are a photojournalist, you do not show up to an event, snap one picture and call it a day. This picture was undoubtedly selected from a large pool to represent her attendance at the fair because of its sexual implications and, as The Frisky pointed out, to humiliate her in a sexual manner.

Running for office alone puts candidates under an expected degree of scrutiny but as we’ve seen in the media with Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton, a different lens is used to examine female White House potentials.

This time, it’s yet another intentionally unflattering photograph, but it’s also one that aims to overshadow her professional image and reduce her to a sex object for a cheap chuckle. The photograph is not only deliberately degrading and sexist – it’s cruel. We still are very much part of a society that shames women for sexual expression, and although that expression is merely suggested in this photograph, the shame is not.

… And can’t we just save the laughter for her political stances?

Source: the Telegraph.


So are we worthy of the job/the crown yet?
Image via Blind Gossip.

If you want to be a five-star waitress, you understandably have to look the part: certainly a pair of slip-resistant shoes, maybe an apron and definitely a well-rehearsed smile for maximum tippage. If you want to be a five-star waitress in North Korea, you’re going to need something else: double eyelids.

While the single vs. double eyelid debate isn’t a new issue in Asian culture, the fact that Kim Jong-Il, North Korea’s self-proclaimed “Supreme Leader”, apparently requires high-class female servers to undergo eyelid surgery to make them look more “Western” is. It’s also despicable.

Mandatory surgery doesn’t stop there – a Hungarian beauty pageant also had a plastic surgery requirement.

Photographer and pageant judge Marton Szipal believes the pageant was “overdue”, further noting that “it’s time for Hungarian women to care more about their appearance.”

The pageant winner, two runner-ups and their plastic surgeons received various awards. Isn’t compulsory girls-only cosmetic surgery fun? Everybody wins!

Source: Mental Floss via a tip from HelloGiggles reader @dressedtochill.


Combine all ingredients and bring them to a boil, much like my blood pressure is at the moment. You’ll know it’s done when it tastes like misogyny with a hint of “please tell me this isn’t real life.” Enjoy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jocelynplease Jocelyn Dugan

    This article left me with a bad taste in my mouth and the strong desire to go back to bed. 2011 and we’re still ruled by pigs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/misslynseysmith Lynsey Smith

    yay! thanks for the shout out

    • Filleosophy

      Thanks for the tip!

  • http://www.facebook.com/skdickey Samantha Kanakes Dickey

    I also am not a fan of Bachmann but was outraged when I saw that picture on the Sunday morning news shows. That is blatant objectification and disgusts me that it’s allowed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/NefariousNewt Nefarious Newt

    Michele Bachmann leaves a bad taste in my mouth, but then, so does that picture. Is it really necessary to denigrate her further than she has denigrated herself by her wild and nonsensical stances? Are we really going to portray her this way in the hope of creating better political dialog? Is this what politics has become — who has the fewer pictures of themselves doing vaguely sexual things? Are women going to continue to be the butt of frat boy humor even when they are elected to some of the highest posts of power in the land?

    Michele Bachmann doesn’t need to be cut down through this senseless application of grade school humor; she can run her campaign into the ground fine, without the help of over-eager, juvenile camera people. As it stands, she is now set to get into a “holier-than-thou-off” with Rick Perry, in which she will no doubt be subject to denigration and degradation because she’s a woman of faith, because men “know all about these things,” don’t they?

    • Filleosophy

      Your comments are seriously always one of the highlights of my day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/frances.illa Frances Illa

    its really sad that in 2011, women are still dealing with these issues. And while I am NOT a fan of Michelle Bachman, there was no need to publish that picture. Her words do enough to embarrass herself. To objectify her in that way belittles her in a political arena. Where’s a picture of Mitt Romney in a suggestive position?????

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1444346255 Frank Pruss

    I believe the MB photo can be marginally justified with the comment that no serious candidate would ever put themselves in the position to have that photo taken. Surely she should know that there is hostile press just waiting for an opportunity like that.

    • Filleosophy

      You know, you’re right. Like, look at this totally non-serious former candidate eating another type of food that doesn’t require a fork: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_u97BTowDbMQ/R0cjUtrs2KI/AAAAAAAAAsI/giPWw09FEYg/s400/Barack%2BIce%2BCream%2BCone%2BObama.jpg

      I understand where you’re trying to go with your comment, but this isn’t a candidate putting themselves in an irresponsible position where this kind of attention is warranted. The fact that you’re even calling into question how “serious” of a candidate she is because she ate a corndog in public is, frankly, the kind of misogynistic attitude that I am referring to in this article.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=38704256 Mandy McDonald

      Did you google “Obama eating something that doesn’t require a fork”? hahaha

    • http://www.facebook.com/NefariousNewt Nefarious Newt

      So, what, Michele Bachmann can’t eat a corn dog at a State Fair because of how it may look? Do you know how seriously demented that kind of logic is? I’ll tell you — that’s the same kind of punk-ass crap that gives men the temerity to say to women: “Well, if you don’t want to get raped, don’t dress like a slut!”

      The only reason that picture means anything is because it’s assigned a sexual connotation by puerile minds who haven’t got the mental wattage to take her down for her views and her lack of cohesive and cogent points on the function of the Federal government. If we’re reduced to eliminating Presidential candidates through the attrition caused by every weird photo taken of them by bush-league cameramen, then this nation is too far gone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=654873532 Megan Linscott

    I read this article yesterday and left the page furious. However, this morning I found this! http://www.funnyordie.com/slideshows/ace3d78776/pictures-of-political-figures-shoving-phallic-foods-into-their-mouths As you can see Bachmann’s picture comes first. And after that, yeah, male candidates are included, but the thing is, no one wants to see male candidates downing a dog. I still give the article credit because the main point humors how ridiculous and immature photojournalism, especially in politics, has gotten. I just wonder how much attention any of the male candidates got for eating a hot dog at a state fair…

  • http://www.facebook.com/latinatorres Christina Torres

    bachman does it again!! why do people like this even exist?

    always love reading your post, my favorite.

  • http://www.facebook.com/georgevhill George Vreeland Hill

    Bachmann enjoys foot long wieners.
    Advice to women running for office:
    When you eat a something like that in front of cameras, make sure there is a bun on it.
    People are having fun with the photo.

    George Vreeland Hill

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