Charity calls for Essex girl stereotype, fueled by the likes of TOWIE and Jodie Marsh, to be challenged

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ACCORDING to the lazy stereotypes, Essex girls are a bit ditzy, wear white stilettos and are plastered in fake tan.

The image, perpetuated by TV shows like the Only Way is Essex, has been blamed for lowering youngsters’ ambitions.

Now a charity is trying to get people to challenge that myth, by focusing on the women who have changed history.

Signals Media Arts Centre, in St Runwald Street, Colchester, has received £44,000 lottery funding for a project on the issue.

Amy Mountney, the charity’s education co-ordinator and a born and bred Essex girl, said: “It has always stayed with me, wherever I have gone.

“We have been fighting against a label for a long time. It is quite a challenge for girls.

“Essex girls are quite outspoken, but we are really passionate, articulate and really business savvy – and that has been proved through the ages.”

Signals Media wants 14 to 18 year olds to get involved in the project, and is holding a taster session on Monday, March 17, from 4.30pm to 7pm.

Anyone interested in taking part can e-mail info@signals.org.uk.

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1:03pm Thu 6 Mar 14

WitchofColchester says...

"Essex girls are quite outspoken, but we are really passionate, articulate and really business savvy – and that has been proved through the ages.” "

In other words, Essex girls are gobby, melodramatic, can talk for ages about nothing, and are good at spotting a bargain at a clothes store.
"Essex girls are quite outspoken, but we are really passionate, articulate and really business savvy – and that has been proved through the ages.” " In other words, Essex girls are gobby, melodramatic, can talk for ages about nothing, and are good at spotting a bargain at a clothes store. WitchofColchester
  • Score: -6

5:22pm Thu 6 Mar 14

No! I am Spartacus says...

£44k to challenge a myth that any sentient being with an IQ in double figures or more would know is nonsense? Who signs off on distributing from the Nat Lotto for this stunning waste of time?

What next? A fund to prove all Irish aren't stupid? A clutch of money to prove English people do visit the dentist? A brown paper bag of the green stuff to analyse why people who don't wash themselves smell?

Then the woman perpetuating this waffle decides to offer just as warped a view of Essex Girls by stating “Essex girls are quite outspoken, but we are really passionate, articulate and really business savvy – and that has been proved through the ages.” - Really? All of them? Every single one? Isn't that just a wild generalisation too? Some Essex girls are mouthy, some are beautiful, some are trampy, some are intelligent, some are stupid.

This just comes across as some needy group/person desperately trying to scam cash from much more deserving causes to justify their own existence.
£44k to challenge a myth that any sentient being with an IQ in double figures or more would know is nonsense? Who signs off on distributing from the Nat Lotto for this stunning waste of time? What next? A fund to prove all Irish aren't stupid? A clutch of money to prove English people do visit the dentist? A brown paper bag of the green stuff to analyse why people who don't wash themselves smell? Then the woman perpetuating this waffle decides to offer just as warped a view of Essex Girls by stating “Essex girls are quite outspoken, but we are really passionate, articulate and really business savvy – and that has been proved through the ages.” - Really? All of them? Every single one? Isn't that just a wild generalisation too? Some Essex girls are mouthy, some are beautiful, some are trampy, some are intelligent, some are stupid. This just comes across as some needy group/person desperately trying to scam cash from much more deserving causes to justify their own existence. No! I am Spartacus
  • Score: 7

9:38pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Reginald47 says...

Essex girls are not remotely the same as London Overspill
Essex girls are not remotely the same as London Overspill Reginald47
  • Score: 4

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