Women’s News: Alex Bilmes, Esquire UK Editor: We Treat Women Like Cars


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What a charmer!

Seriously, Alex Bilmes, the editor of Esquire UK, must have fancied himself some sort of lovable cad when he announced–while speaking at a panel about feminism in the media, no less–that his magazine treats women about the same as they do cars.

“The women we feature in the magazine are ornamental,” he said, according to the Guardian. “I could lie to you if you want and say we are interested in their brains as well. We are not. They are objectified … [Esquire] provide pictures of girls in the same way we provide pictures of cool cars. It is ornamental. Women’s magazines do the same thing.” In case any of the women in the audience were wondering, he assured them that men definitely see women as “3-D” in real life, so … there’s that.

Points for honesty, we suppose. We also probably didn’t really need Bilmes to spell out Esquire’s editorial strategy.

Unfortunately for Bilmes, all of the “ornaments” in the crowd didn’t seem too enamored with his statements. “We have sharp objects,” one woman said.

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/20/esquire-women-cars-alex-bilmes_n_2917196.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women



  1. I’m not the violent type but I would like to kick that man’s tires for treating women like ornaments in his magazine.

    • I totally agree with that!!! Not good.

      • ha, ha…that man’s attitude pushed my buttons, a lot of them. Women don’t like to be thought of as ornamental, but unfortunately, images of sexy women are often used to entice others (mostly men) into buying products. I’m not happy with this arrangement.

      • You are so right!!!

      • I did find a charming interview of a musician Roddy Frame on YouTube where the musician talked about equal rights for women. He refused to use a model in his videos to depict women. So instead he included portraits of everyday women in his town.

        I felt touched by that.

        Sorry, I don’t have the link. I believe this interview was from 1988, but it might have been the more recent interview I also watched.

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