Toyah Willcox against ageism and sexism

This music video is called Toyah – Danced (Live on Theatre Royal).

From the BBC:

9 February 2011 Last updated at 01:03 GMT

Toyah Willcox: Time to tackle ageism and sexism

Toyah Willcox explains how she has suffered ageism and sexism throughout her career.

Society needs to wise up according to pop star, campaigner and TV personality Toyah Willcox. After suffering sexism and ageism since her early 20s, she gives her personal viewpoint on why older women need more respect.

I am in my early 50s. By media standards, that’s past it – just look what happened to the former Countryfile presenter, Miriam O’Reilly.

But I want to be relevant in the work place for at least another 15 years, and for people to look beyond the surface and see what I am capable of. …

Am I painting a picture of a victimised weaker sex here?

Perhaps, but when I was a teenager I didn’t have a barrage of self doubt and bad news and physical perfection thrown at me from virtually every magazine cover and tabloid newspaper, plus the internet, Twitter and Facebook on a daily basis.

Women of all ages need to be present in the media to instil girls and young women with self-confidence about their futures. And women of my age need healthy role models. Otherwise, how can we build the future dreams we still deserve to have?

I have experienced ageism and sexism. In my 20s, I was told by a camera lighting man I needed plastic surgery. In my 30s I was constantly told I needed to lose weight.

And in my 40s, as a presenter, I was dismissed from a TV programme because they wanted to try someone younger, And now I am in my 50s? Men affectionately call me an old woman.

My message to you is to insist all female age groups – and male for that matter – have equal, respectful, visible representation in all fields of the media.

1 thought on “Toyah Willcox against ageism and sexism

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