Miriam Gonzalez blows whistle on sexist media: “treat women for who they are and not simply for what their male partners do”

Hat-tip to Lib Dem Welsh assembly member Peter Black for blogging the letter by Miriam Gonzalez (or Mrs Nick Clegg as she’s known to right-wing tabloids) published in today’s paywall-protected Times, in which she directs a well-aimed shot at the paper for its shabby treatment of a woman who happened to have fallen in love with a man in the public eye:

Sir, now that Spain has won the World Cup and Iker Casillas demonstrated on Sunday that he is an outstanding goalkeeper regardless of whether his girlfriend, Sara Carbonero, watches him from the touchline or not, it may be time for you to eat a bit of humble pie. Trying to blame Sara for Spain’s initial lacklustre performance while she was simply doing her job was not worthy of a newspaper that should treat women for who they are and not simply for what their male partners do.

Miriam Gonzalez
London SW15

You can read the background to the story, and The Times’s reaction to Miriam’s letter, in the Telegraph.

And for those who missed it, here is the rather touching video of Sr. Casillas meeting his girlfriend, Srta. Carbonero, for the first time after Spain’s World Cup triumph:


(Available on YouTube here).

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7 Comments

  • Andrew Suffield 14th Jul '10 - 7:53am

    Yeah… I’m not really a feminist and they tend to irritate me, but blaming his girlfriend? That’s profoundly stupid.

  • Paul Webbewood 14th Jul '10 - 11:33am

    Seems perfectly reasonable for the Times to tell its readers that the reporter is the goalkeeper’s girlfriend. If Ms Gonzalez had her way nobody outside the charmed circle would know eg that Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper are married.

  • It is perfectly reasonable for the Times to tell its readers that the reporter is the goalkeeper’s girlfriend, what it’s not reasonable is to blame her “for Spain’s initial lacklustre performance”.
    And in Spain we, the fans, didn’t blame her.. Casillas could have been better there in the goal Switzerland scored, but it was mostly bad luck.

  • I agree with Mark we should treat all PEOPLE for who they are not for what their partners do. It applies to males too Miriam, stop being too worried about what the media say.

  • I only voted for that eye-candy Nick Clegg because he’s the spouse of the inimitable Miriam Gonzales Durantez anyway.

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