Women are forced to look good on television; strange norms are harmful

“I was never hired to be a model”, August 22; Lisa LaFlamme’s ouster showcases what women on TV go through, August 21

Times continue to deteriorate for women across all channels.

« Look closely » is a misnomer; with thick makeup, sleeveless and higher heels, they seem to be in a club, no relation. Yet viewers watch as men lose their hair in patches, age and grow plump.

Cosmetic “femininity” hurts girls and women. Apart from setting unnatural standards, it is harmful to the skin, body and soul.

No way to go back on this disaster, August 21; Gray hair today – gone tomorrow; 21st of August

After reading Rosie DiManno and Heather Mallick’s insightful columns noting that women working alongside graying, balding men shouldn’t show their age, I moved on. A big ad promoting “a tasty way to healthy hair” popped up. Spend a few dollars and you, too, can look like the young, beautiful woman smiling at you in the newspaper ad.

David Fowler, Fenwick, Ont.

No way to reverse this disaster, August 21

I would say this to CTV News Chief Michael Melling: Please add my name to the list of outraged viewers regarding the ousting of Lisa LaFlamme.

May I remind you that 69-year-old women are the ones with all the power these days? We have excellent pensions for having worked all our lives. We have the money – and are your audience. We’ve all let our hair turn gray during COVID-19.

I think you screwed it up.

Beverly Hartford, Pefferlaw, Ont.

Historic moment lost in CTV reshuffle, August 18

We continue to read articles in the Star lamenting the lack of recognition Omar Sachedina received for being Canada’s first national racialized news anchor. Many of us don’t celebrate her promotion because it comes at the expense of a more qualified and experienced woman.

This is yet another example of how men acquire and retain power; Sachedina is portrayed as a victim while LaFlamme is really the only one injured here.

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