FOLLOWUP: Dadabhoy Responds to “Brave” Gaffe

In response to last week’s article about the shameful lead-in about the main character’s hair in a review of Pixar’s Brave, Skepchick’s Heina Dadabhoy (@futilityfiles on Twitter) who has rather mundane hair, says this in her defense:

Which led to this interaction:

Dadabhoy justifies her sexist remark by pointing out that it was actually a link to the team who “did” Merida’s hair. In light of this stance, this reporter apologizes to Dadabhoy for not linking to her hair stylist with the “mundane hair” aside above.

This, of course, is nowhere near the point. Dadabhoy gets closer to the point with this tweet:

Closer, but still not close enough. Not every situation is being compared to every other situation. Only two situations are being compared:

  • Introducing an accomplished female speaker to an assembly of a few hundred conference attendees, where she will speak for 30-90 minutes, not by first mentioning how accomplished she is but by first mentioning how pretty she looks.
  • Introducing a movie with a strong female movie character to an assembly of a few hundred blog readers, where the movie runs for about 90 minutes, not by first mentioning how strong she is but by first mentioning how pretty she looks.

The first case has a long history of being frowned upon by Skepchick Inc. The second case is perfectly acceptable according to Skepchick Dadabhoy.

This reporter would love to know the significant differences between the two cases, and sincerely hopes that this isn’t another case of “funny when I do it, sexist when you do it.”

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