I love it when men say they aren’t sexist.
What part of his (tiny man-sized) brain does Owen Smith use when he thinks his statements about women are not sexist?
Well, natch as he’s a man, he knows a lot about sexism.
Apparently at a hustings yesterday he was criticised for previous sexist comments.
These have included:
- Suggesting ‘smashing Theresa May back on her heels’ (violence)
- Saying gobstoppers would be an appropriate gift for Nicola Sturgeon (silencing women)
- Accusing Leanne Wood of appearing on Question Time because she was a woman (It’s not fair! What about teh menz card)
- Comparing the Lib Dem/Tory coalition to domestic violence (trivialising domestic violence)
Add to that, he defended his comment about silencing Sturgeon as political banter, his coalition DV reference as metaphorical – there’s nothing metaphorical about DV, Owen – and his comment about smashing May was ‘rhetoric’.
Here’s a nice piece from the New Statesman.
Plus, back when Angela Eagle was in the leadership contest, he described himself as a normal person. Unlike Eagle, who is a lesbian.
How gross is that? How sexist? How stereotypical? How homophobic? And this man wants to lead the Labour Party?
But the left has never been good on feminism. I read blogs of supposedly liberal/left-leaning men, and they talk tosh. Serious tosh. Fur coat and no knickers doesn’t come near it. They purport to support the values, the ethics, the lack of discrimination and quite frankly, they have no idea. I assume it’s because they have no interest. Of all the blogs written by men that I read, only two have a grasp of the issues. Some have the sense to stay quiet. Others – five come to mind – don’t get it. The Owen Smiths of the blogging world.
‘I didn’t really mean it. It was only banter. I’m sorry if I offended.’ I paraphrase Smith there. Classic, but classic and utterly useless excuses.
To continue with Smith’s preference for domestic violence ‘metaphors’.
A new report out shows the rate of violence against women and girls in the UK is at a record high. Oh very good.
No doubt we will soon be hearing about how women are closing the pay gap, some top woman chief exec earns a shedload and sex workers are well off and enjoy their jobs.
The report comes from the Crown Prosecution Service and is so newsworthy it’s already disappeared from the Grauniad’s front pages after a few hours. The DPP is Alison Saunders.
Here are some figures and excerpts for you.
- The number of offences against women, including domestic abuse, rape and sexual assaults, rose by almost 10% to 117,568 in 2015-6.
- Since the new law of disclosing private sexual images without consent was introduced in April 2015, there have been 206 cases of revenge pornography taken to court – with many individuals pleading guilty, according to the DPP.
- However, 206 prosecutions reflect a tiny proportion of complaints of so-called revenge porn. More than 3,700 victims contacted a special helpline set up last year in its first 12 months.
- Stalking prosecutions rose by 7.1% to 12,986
- Child sex abuse prosecutions rose by 15.4% to 6,217
- Saunders also identified an emerging area of concern as the use of extremely violent pornographic communications, such as women being raped, or the posting of images of women who have suffered severe injuries or are being subjected to sadistic violence. She highlighted increases in prosecutions under new sections of the law for such cases, with 1,737 prosecutions in the past year.
- There were a record number of rape prosecutions in the past year of 4,643.
Rachel Krys, co-director of the End Violence against Women Coalition, said the rise in prosecutions being brought by the CPS was a positive sign.
“We welcome this comprehensive report, the transparency it offers and the CPS’s ongoing attention to violence against women and girls in all its forms. The increase in prosecutions shows that more women are seeking justice.
“But it is still the case that the majority of women and girls subject to these crimes do not report them to the police, and the specialist services which support them are fighting for survival.”
People. This is not good for women. If you don’t care about women as a class, it could be a friend, a relative, a sister, daughter, wife or mother who are attacked or assaulted in whatever way.
We are looking at nearly 120,000 sexual offences against women in twelve months in the UK alone, and an increase of ten per cent on the previous year.
If you find Smith’s comments funny, like him, you are sexist. If you laugh at rape jokes, don’t call out other men for making derogatory comments, then you are sexist.
We live in a sexist rape culture, and the increase in these crimes is evidence of that. Please, do think, before you dismiss this.
It’s not enough to say ‘Of course I don’t agree with rape, DV, stalking, child abuse’. We need men to speak out and change the culture.
It could be your daughter. Or your grand-daughter. Maybe you’ll never know, because the truth is most women don’t report sexual assault.