Gender and Politics in the media

Cameron and the Chambermaid remark – media round up and comments from K. Winters

Dear reader,

In the interest of full disclosure I should say that I find this insult to David Cameron to be based in sexism and patriarchy. The term ‘chambermaid’ itself harkens back to a day when women were invisible and inconsequential, their real value being their ability to serve men.  It is my view that the author meant to humiliate the Prime Minister not only by calling him a servant, but a female servant. This attack on his masculinity, and its presumed association with his patriarchal role in the house, is therefore a double attack on Cameron’s ability to lead.  I find this sexist insult disturbing. Mine seems to be a minority view, however, as I can find no other author who considered the insult through the lens of sexism and patriarchy.

~ K. Winters

The views and opinions expressed here are the author’s alone.

 

‘Chambermaid’ Cameron told to stand up to Lib Dems Politics.co.uk Other observers say Cameron and Nick Clegg have too much personal credibility invested in the coalition’s longevity to consider such a move.

David Cameron is a ‘chambermaid’ to Lib Dems, says Tory MP Brian Binley The Independent A Tory MP has ridiculed David Cameron’s leadership of the Government, calling him a “chambermaid” for the Conservatives’ coalition partners.

Brian Binley calls David Cameron Lib Dems’ chambermaid BBC News A Tory MP has accused the prime minister of being a “chambermaid” who allows the Lib Dems to “run ragged over the government”.

The country needs a full-time Prime Minister and not a chambermaid for an … Daily Mail David Cameron has received strong critique from one of his backbench MPs who called him a ‘chambermaid’ for the Liberal Democrats.

Politics Weekly podcast: who’d be a party leader? The Guardian David Cameron has faced hostile criticism from backbenchers who have variously suggested that he’s an “arrogant posh boy”, a “chambermaid for the Lib Dems” and half way between man and mouse.

‘Cameron Is The Lib Dems’ Chamber Maid’ The Huffington Post The prime minister has become little more than the “chamber-maid” for the Liberal Democrats, Tory MP Brian Binley has said in the latest outburst against David …

Tory MP: Cameron is a chambermaid to the Lib Dems » Spectator Yesterday David Cameron was a mouse, and today he’s a chambermaid, according to another one of his imaginative backbench MPs.

David Cameron is a ‘chambermaid’ to Lib Dems, says Tory MP Brian Binley A Tory MP has ridiculed David Cameron’s leadership of the Government, calling him a “chambermaid” for the Conservatives’ coalition partners.

Brian Binley calls David Cameron Lib Dems’ chambermaid BBC Tory MP Brian Binley accuses the prime minister of being a “chambermaid” who allows the Lib Dems to “run ragged over the government”.

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