This is only a quick opinion piece – but I’ve been biting my tongue, so I want to say it.
I love Great British Bake Off. I think it’s great. I enjoy how the show gives three brilliant women a platform, and how the one man on the panel is never put in a situation where he’s invited to comment on the ‘gender inequality’ (and a good thing too, since most gender inequality involves three men and one woman, and is never discussed).
But, even though I love Bake Off and the presenters, I had an issue with this series. I could not help feeling uncomfortable with the level of vitriol directed at three participants – Ruby, Frances and Kimberley. I should have known they were to be the finalists. In the last series, when James was tipped as a finalist, he was … well, no. Women were encouraged to swoon over his jumpers (they were very nice, James). He wasn’t perfect – but nor was he the subject of this vitriol. No-one – that I saw – spend much time explaining that all three male finalists were basically unpleasant, grasping, ignorant, smug, overly modest, machiavellian, naive, etc. etc. etc.
I’m sorry, but I find this really sad. In a moment I will go back to talking about feminism and medieval England interact, but for now, I am just so cross we’ve not moved on very far from 1468.