Zooey Deschanel Up In Arms Against Sexist Tabloid Journalism

Sameera Ehteram
Zooey Deschanel is pretty ticked off with the tabloids and she isn't mincing words about it.

Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel has had it.

She is fed up of media's obsessive concern with female celebrities' ticking biological clocks and has decided to voice her annoyance.

In an interview for the August issue of InStyle, Deschanel said she was tired of repeatedly being asked if she wants kids.

“Like every woman is dying to give birth! I don't think so. Nobody asks guys that. And you go into a supermarket and every tabloid is like, 'Pregnant and Alone!' Stuck in the 1950s ideal of how a woman should live her life. This brings out the fiery feminist in me,” she said.

She has a point: The males are hardly ever subjected to the kind of questions their female counterparts are beleaguered with.

Be it fashion, their weight, diets or figures, female stars are more plagued by the tabloids for answers then the male stars.

At least Deschanel isn't the only celebrity to speak up on the issue. Earlier this month, Cameron Diaz told Esquire that she's perfectly happy with her choice not to have kids. "It's so much more work to have children," Diaz said. "To have lives besides your own that you are responsible for — I didn't take that on. ... I was never drawn to being a mother."

As it is, the press generally has only a limited spectrum of coverage as far as women are concerned and even a narrower band when any news reporting is done.

Earlier this year, a magazine asked its Twitter followers to re-write tabloid headlines without the sexism.

The results were eye opening:

Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel

“Sexism is the stock in trade of the tabloid press,” says Guardian’s Laurie Penny.

She also believes, “It is vital that we understand that sexism is not just one more naughty thing that the tabloids do. Sexism is the dirty oil in the engine, the juice that makes the whole shuddering sleaze-machine run smoothly. The eyes that are drawn to the topless teenager on page three skim lightly over page two, where propagandists on the Murdoch dollar peddle torrid justifications for the waging of wars and the slashing of public sector jobs and call it news.”

So hats off to Zooey Deschanel for raising her voice and raising a valid concern. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that the media or tabloids will change anytime soon; it is heartening to see women standing up and taking a stand against the sexism.