I am woman, hear my penis neck roar.
Can you believe the kind of nonsense we're still dealing with in the year 2015? Sometimes, it feels more like we're like we're in the year 1915. Apparently, in this supposedly post-feminist age, we still can't deal with the sight of an empowered, intelligent woman on our television screens reading the news with a penis for a neck.
Sigh... It's just so exhausting.
Natarsha Belling, a distinguished Australian newscaster for Network Ten's Eyewitness News, has been the focus of a lot of media scrutiny lately, after viewers noticed the penis-and-testes-like shape created by the neckline of a particular green jacket she wears occasionally.
But would this even be news if Belling were a man? Men have been reporting on-air with penises and testes for decades and no one has said anything about it. Walter Cronkite—the most respected name in the history of U.S. news journalism—served for 19 years as the CBS Evening News anchorman, and every evening he sat down in front of the cameras with one penis and two testes. Nobody ever said a word!
And now suddenly this is an issue because a female journalist is following suit?
This is a disgraceful double standard, and I for one am sick to death of dealing with it. That's why I'm throwing my support behind the #FreeThePenisNeck hashtag on Twitter. (There's not much there right now, but I have a feeling it's gonna start trending any time now.)