Women Empowering Women: Why Women Like Tamara Ecclestone Should Be No Exception

No, it’s not every day that you’re born into a multi-billion dollar family empire. However, we can’t choose our upbringings, and for Tamara Ecclestone, she was integrated into the billionaire lifestyle from birth. Now a pop culture icon and television star today, Ecclestone is happy to give viewers a peak into her life and what it’s like raising Sophia – something every mom around the world can relate to.

Called Tamara’s World, the show runs on ITVBe, showcasing the life of former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone’s daughter, accompanied by her husband, Jay Rutland, and daughter Sophia, whom she lovingly refers to as Fifi. Her mansion, staffed by 50 people, brings the camera crew through the household team each episode, including a chef and a dog-walker, all managed by Ecclestone’s personal assistants: Megan and Dani.

Viewers have been hitting back at Ecclestone, claiming that nothing about her life is normal if a staff of 50 people is waiting on her hand-and-foot. However, others are coming to her aid, claiming that no matter how much money you have, raising a daughter properly today is challenging for everyone. Ecclestone proclaimed that she feels very fulfilled, trying not to spoil Fifi despite her wealth. As she has put it, “We are completely l bonkers, but normal at the same time.”

The debate has certainly unfolded on social media platforms, with women pitted against women, arguing about Ecclestone’s lifestyle and if it’s right or not right for her daughter. It leaves many wondering what happened to the female empowerment movement that’s been sweeping the world lately?

The Feminist Debate

Ecclestone recently sat for an interview with television personality, Lorraine Kelly, where they discussed her life as a mother and the challenges she faces raising Fifi. As the interview took an awkward turn, Ecclestone had to defend herself against accusations put forth by Kelly, implying that Fifi’s separation anxiety was completely Ecclestone’s fault. Touching on parenting style and when it’s appropriate to “let go” of one’s child, putting trust in another caretaker, Ecclestone stated that it’s been challenging for her as she doesn’t want to let her daughter go. Kelly quickly interjected regarding Ecclestone’s attachment, saying, “You don’t want to project that onto her. That’s the trouble isn’t it. You’ve got to learn to let them go haven’t you. I’m sorry you absolutely do.”

Fans quickly descended on social media, lashing out at Kelly for being so obnoxious and rude to Ecclestone. Simply stating at the beginning of the interview that, “In the beginning, Fifi really struggled and I was still heartbroken.  But now she’s into it and really bonded with her teachers and her friends. I’ve actually found it much easier to let go,” viewers felt that Kelly’s attacks her unwarranted and distasteful all around.

As retaliation, Ecclestone took to her social media account after to post a cryptic picture that said, “Women should empower each other instead of being so hateful and envious of one another.”

It sparked the discussion of the classic feminist debate that we see so commonly in the media today. Instead of praising one another and appearing strong, locked in unity for the world to see, women, like Kelly, feel the need to use their public platform to bring down another successful women. It’s a venomous act of defiance that is all-too-common, particularly when it’s woman versus woman. Ecclestone has had to deal with her fair share of criticism today, most of it coming from other women. As a rich, beautiful, and faithful mother, the inferiority complex sets in with other women, who decide to tear her down in their comments and posts. It undermines the female empowerment movement at every corner.

Ecclestone’s Post

There’s something everyone could learn from reading Ecclestone’s post that encouraged more women to empower one another instead of being publicly hateful. If more women took a step to bring other women up, especially on public platforms, more women would be kinder to one another, and more men would respect the feminist movement because it would actually be working. In order to see real, tangible change in this world for women, it needs to start with women themselves. Kelly’s act of jealously perpetuated the “catty” female stereotype, and forced an empowered woman to defend herself on social media.

There’s something everyone can learn from Ecclestone’s social media quote. Female empowerment starts with feminine support today.

Nicole Devlin is a final year Communication, Advertising and Marketing student at Ulster University. She can be found on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicole-devlin-29342364/

Did Donald Trump “Slut-Shame” N.Y. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand?

In another colorful news week, the president was accused of what’s called “slut-shaming” when he fired out a tweet at New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. After tweeting about the president and his shortcomings in a series of multi-day statements, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand implied that the women behind the curtains of Trump’s past sexual assault accusations should come back into the spotlight.

Once Trump, or his team of PR agents, read the series of tweets, President Trump had his own response to send to the senator. In the tweet, Trump states, “Kirsten Gillibrand is someone who would come to my office begging for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them).” Although some Twitter users are stating that one’s mind needs to be “in the gutter” to interpret that tweet sexually, others are arguing it’s a very blatant slut-shaming attack on a high-ranking female political representative in our country today.

Trump’s Accusers

To date, there are 17 different women who have come out and made their case for inappropriate touching and comments made by the past reality television star. Working together to make their voices more nationally heard these women took to Twitter to rally the troops and share their individual stories and encounters with the president. Joining them was Senator Gillibrand, who although she does not have a personal story regarding the president, was passionate about the act of empowerment that was sweeping through the ranks of afflicted women.

In response to Trump’s tweet, Gillibrand stated, “I will not be silenced.” Much like the cases that are going down right now against the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, no one is safe from the accountability that victims are holding their accusers to today. Gillibrand stated she felt that Trump should be no different, as she has held a same standard to President Clinton today, whose accusers are in the dozens.

This past Tuesday, 59 female members of Congress urged the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to investigate misconduct claims against Mr. Trump. Spurred into action by Senator Gillibrand’s public slut-shaming, the people who are demanding social justice are growing in numbers.

Protective PR

However, as we have seen in the case of Hollywood, individuals in the limelight come with a certain protective public relations sphere that keep them from being held truly accountable for what they have done in the past. Since the majority of predators are being exposed in their 60s and 70s, these men have been able to keep their history of sexual assault hushed until today. Arguably known as a protective PR stance, it certainly looks to be the case for the likes of President Trump.

And then there comes the case of slut shaming. Known as the action of stigmatizing a woman for engaging in behavior judged to be promiscuous or sexually provocative, the debate remains regarding the interpretation of Trump’s tweet and its plausibility.

Slut-Shaming

You are probably forming an opinion right now about how you interpreted the tweet and what Trump meant by it. If there’s one thing we need to remember to be fair in assessing the news, it’s that we can’t jump to conclusions with the intonation of his tweet, although acknowledging that it could’ve been malicious in nature. Either way, the war on women continues, and tweets like that from the Commander in Chief to high-ranking officials in our nation sends a bad sign to citizens and most importantly, young girls with hopes and dreams of being respected one day.

Much like Hollywood is doing right now, politics needs to incorporate an element of accountability for past actions committed against women, as well as men. Mr. Weinstein has a list of 50-women and counting, all accusing him of various types of sexual harassment to assault. Leveraging national PR to his aid once more, Mr. Weinstein apologized in a statement that managed to dilute the message and make it more about overreaching actions than his actual intentions and law-breaking behavior.

If we are to prevent this kind of “norm” from happening again, we must hold these individuals to a higher standard. Famous PR protection is something that needs to be monitored more closely. Slut shaming, no matter the intention or deliverer, should never be tolerated, which Congress is taking very seriously right now. As the debate heats up regarding big name offenders in our world today, we are seeing that no one is safe. Protective PR can only go so far when the voices grow in strength and number, and thanks to social media, they are able to do just that today.

As for Trump’s tweet, do you believe he was slut-shaming Senator Gillibrand?

 

Nicole Devlin is a final year Communication, Advertising and Marketing student at Ulster University. She can be found on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicole-devlin-29342364/

 

 

 

She’s Making a List, and Checking it Twice: Meghan Markle to Spend Christmas With Royal Family

Breaking a longstanding tradition that came to underscore the strict nature of the royal family, Meghan Markle, the soon-to-be newest addition to the royal family, is having Christmas her way this year. As the fiancée to Prince Harry, Markle wouldn’t normally be extended an invitation to Christmas with the family. Reserved for married individuals only, the royal Christmas is only open to insiders – and of course, Santa.

However, Markle will become the first royal fiancé to celebrate the holiday with them, regardless of what Queen Elizabeth II has to say about it. Buckingham Palace better buckle up for the exuberant and American ride that is coming with charming American actress, Meghan Markle.

Christmas Day

Markle will join the Queen and her family for the congregation morning service at St. Mary Magdalene Church at the private Sandringham estate in Norfolk. Although no one is quite sure how accepting of this decision the Queen is at this time, Prince Harry doesn’t seem to care. The press considers it a signal as to how successfully Markle has been welcomed into the royal family already. As many are saying: it’s a Christmas miracle!

After being a popular bachelor for the majority of his 20s, Prince Harry has finally found love in the enchanting Meghan Markle. The two announced their engagement on November 207, 2017, later appearing in a BBC interview. Markle confirmed she has already met the Queen as well as the other members of the royal family, citing their grace and acceptance to the interviewer. Markle went onto say, “It’s incredible to be able to meet her through his lens, not just with his honor and respect for her as the monarch, but the love that he has for her as his grandmother.”

Markle has been a hot topic in the media lately as she is most notably American. As a mixed-race American divorcée, Markle manages to check-off all of the shocking boxes when it comes to predictability with the royal family. Markle will be the first divorced American to marry into the royal family, and will join Harry’s loved ones from Christmas Eve until UK’s Boxing Day.

Hopefully, Markle won’t be getting any coal in her stocking as the royal family is famously noted for their historic marriage traditions. Despite their reputation, however, their acceptance for Markle to join them at Christmas time does indeed confirm how happy they are to welcome her into the official family this spring.

 

After Christmas, sources have reported that Prince Harry is joining Markle to California, where he will spend the holiday with Markle’s mother and relatives.

The palace will not confirm any other details, including where Markle will stay at this time. It has been suggested that Prince Wililam, 35, and Kate Middleton, 35, will host them at Anmer Hall, which is on the estate and just 2-miles from the main house. Upon arrival, Markle is expected to bring along non-expensive, humble gifts on Christmas Eve, when presents are laid out on long tables.

More excitingly, she will get to watch her fiancée and William play football in the annual charity match, which puts workers at the estate in Norfolk against villagers from nearby Castle Rising. The day after Christmas will see Markle taking part in pheasants shoots, classic traditions that have been with the royal family since the beginning of time.

New Royal Era

Markle’s prominence and control over her engagement to Prince Harry is undoubtedly ushering in a new era of royalty in England, transferring power to the women of the group. Smashing down historic barriers, Markle is setting a precedent that will change the family forever, and they seem to be accepting of it. As a heavily Christian nation that adores the Christmas holiday, it’s a big deal for the royal family to welcome in a non-married member. Plus, Markle gets to see the extravagant gifts and meals that are afforded to the members of the adored British elite.

Markle has stated that although the Queen absolutely adores Prince Harry, she has faith in the acceptance of the royal family, soon to be her real family moving forward.

What do you think of this breaking of tradition for Meghan Markle?

 

Nicole Devlin is a final year Communication, Advertising and Marketing student at Ulster University. She can be found on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicole-devlin-29342364/