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Mike Stevens | Apr, 30 2009 | 18 Comments

As fond as Jeremy Clarkson may be of describing Richard Hammond as a girly boy, the Hamster?s manicured styling and trendy haircuts - or even James May?s flowing locks - might not be enough to get the Top Gear trio through its latest run-in with the show?s detractors.

A new bill has been introduced in Britain this week, called the Equality Bill, which requires that government organisations seek to demonstrate a greater acceptance of diversity among its ranks.

Because Top Gear is broadcast on the BBC network ? a government-owned group ? we could soon see a lady type (yes, of the female variety) testing cars and serving up the news on the world?s favourite automotive program.

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Oxford sociology and women?s studies tutor Dr Louise Livesey said the show?s production team has a strong ?boys? club? atmosphere, along with fewer female than male guests.

While Dr Livesey described Top Gear as offering only ?entrenched, institutional sexism,? Executive Producer Andy Wilman felt ? unsurprisingly ? otherwise.

If the show is allegedly female-unfriendly, why is almost half the audience female?

Secondly, if we are to have a female presenter just to represent the sexes, then by that logic Loose Women needs a bloke in the line-up pretty sharpish.

I actually believe these sorts of mandates are patronising to women viewers, because they assume that women can't enjoy a show's presenters on merit, but can only appreciate a programme if spoken to by one of their own sex.

If it does come to the team taking on a female presenter, perhaps the boys can entice Vicky Butler-Henderson to defect, or Germany?s gun Sabine Schmidt?

 
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