Cliches and stereotypes can only start and then flourish if they have a kernel of truth. I’ve always believed this explains why so many people hate stereotyping - because often it’s true.
I’ve just been reading an article, written by an American, in which he claims “we all know young British women are fat with bad teeth and stagger around the streets drunk in short skirts”
A few further international searches soon showed many others sharing the view
I think we all know that binge drinking is an increasing problem in this country especially so for young women - men have always behaved disgracefully that’s nothing new !
Being drunk in public is hardly edifying for anybody but for some, probably sexist, reason the sight of seeing young women lying in the street with their skirt round their waist seems dreadful.
That’s all by the by for this issue, what I am wondering is, will this image of the mini skirted, bare legged overweight drunk girl be the image conjured up in people’s minds when thinking of or talking about British girls ?
We’re all guilty of this, for example if you say “Australian Man” to me I see somebody wearing a hat with corks hanging from it swilling Fosters ! I know it’s a cliche and ridiculous etc etc but that’s what I see in my mind in the first instance - the initial split second.
We all know how even the most liberal minded and sensible people still have ingrained thought processes. We do not believe that all Scots are tight with money, that the Irish are thick, Germans spend all their holidaying putting towels on sun loungers or that the French are arrogant (well maybe that’s true ) but these images are still ingrained and once there they stay there !
So is this to be the world’s image of young British women ?
Is the UK poster girl a size 16 in size 12 clothes wearing white high heels and collapsing in the streets - I believe it’s starting to look that way !
One thing that really gives weight to this for me is that number of satirical references I saw to it - comedy that’s the real killer !
The cliches about thick Irish men and tight-fisted Scotsmen were all carved out by comedians and jokes - the same thing is happening here with so-called ladettes.
Time will tell if I’m right but I do believe it will be so.
Am I right ?
Can it be changed or altered ?
Will it be a reasonable reflection of us ?