Ruby exposes Bake Off misogyny

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She may not have won Bake Off but our favourite contestant, Ruby Tandoh, won a moral victory last night when an article she wrote for the Guardian about the misogyny towards the show became one of the most shared links on Twitter.

In the piece, Ruby writes: 'Despite the saccharin sweetness of the Bake Off, an extraordinary amount of bitterness and bile has spewed forth every week from angry commentators, both on social media and in the press.'

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Ruby goes on to highlight and criticise the blatant misogyny directed towards her and her fellow female finalists:

'We (female) finalists are supposedly too meek, too confident, too thin, too domestic, too smiley, too taciturn … If I see one more person used the hackneyed "dough-eyed" pun I will personally go to their house and force-feed them an entire Charlotte Royale.'

Writing about the broader issue of gender politics on TV, she adds:

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'It's a culture of frilly baking versus macho Michelin stars, of real chefs versus domestic goddesses. Food has become divided and gendered, torn between the serious sport of haute cuisine and the supposedly antithetical world of women pottering around in home kitchens.'

Amongst the thousands of fans who applauded Ruby's thoughtful, intelligent and defiant article, ELLE HQ is buzzing this morning with Ruby love.

In light of our own feminism campaign to break the gender stereotypes (check out the poster below), we think Ruby deserves a place as an honorary member of team ELLE.

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