Schönheit! Schönheit! Kompetenz!

August 26, 2009 by Bettina Schulze  
Filed under Schein und Sein, Zeit und Geist

hcp_09082303aManuela Schwesig ist zweifellos eines der Nachwuchstalente in der SPD und daher auch seit der Aufnahme in Steinmeiers Kompetenzteam zahlreich in den Medien vertreten. Es ist erfreulich, dass eine junge Frau in Deutschland wieder für echte Frauenpolitik eintritt, die zum einen nicht nur Familienpolitik ist und zum anderen die unterschiedlichsten Formen von Familie in Ihre Politik mit einbezieht.

Einer der neuesten Berichte in der taz hat mich heute jedoch sehr erschreckt. Dort ist Frau Schwesig in etwas seltsamer, körperlich sehr naher Pose mit Kanzlerkandidat Steinmeier abgebildet. Darunter die Unterschrift: “Ich bin nicht wegen meines Aussehens, sondern wegen meiner Kompetenz ins Team Steinmeier berufen worden.” Gleich die erste Frage des Interviews bezieht sich auf ihr Äußeres. Auch viele andere Darstellungen im Fernsehen und in den Zeitungen spielen auf ihr junges Alter und ihr Aussehen an.

Für mich zeigt diese Darstellung eins: Frauen werden in den Medien immer noch verstärkt auf ihr Äußeres reduziert. Impliziert wird damit suggeriert, dass sie nicht durch Ihre Kompetenz sondern durch Ihr Aussehen zu ihrem politischen Erfolg gekommen sind. Dieses Aufdrücken typischer Rollenmuster ist ärgerlich. Wieso müssen Frauen in den Medien auf diese Art und Weise dargestellt werden? Wann werden Frauen in Politik und Wirtschaft genauso ernst genommen wie Männer? Solang diese Darstellungen vorherrschen, wird sich auch in unseren Köpfen nichts verändern. Diese Darstellungen sind ein Rückschritt für die Gleichstellung und müssen kritisiert werden!

Über mich: Seit Juni 2009 bin ich Mitglied im Juso-Bundesvorstand und dort unter anderem für das Thema Gleichstellung zuständig. Als Tochter einer alleinerziehenden Mutter wurde mir früh die Benachteiligung von Frauen in der Gesellschaft bewusst. Seit langer Zeit bin ich daher – unter anderem bei amnesty international - für die Frauenrechte aktiv.

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