Kat Banyard and carnage

Kat Banyard is the same age as me, and undertaking a good deal more work than me as she’s the head of a feminist organisation in the UK. From the tone of this interview by Decca Aitkenhead she sounds quite jaded about doing interviews, or at least terribly guarded.  Aitkenhead’s questioning is often lazy though. When Banyard describes male consumers as victims of porn too Aitkenhead says:

Another way of looking at it would be less charitable. Offered limitless choice, it turns out that what men really want is the most violent, degrading, misogynist porn imaginable. Does that tell us something about men?

A very sweeping generation about all men here. And not very helpful to belittle 50% of the people on this earth when discussing gender equality. I realise Aitkenhead is playing devil’s advocate, but it really spoils the piece.

Here’s an interesting perspective on the piece by Jemima 101 around consent. Lots that I had not previously considered, but a really thought-provoking blog on class issues in feminism. It certainly made this interview in the Observer on whether feminism is a spent-force a livelier read, with Fiona Ranford interestingly raising a similar point to Jemima 101 by saying that:

I think that we need to switch attention away from the individual choices that women are making and turn attention on to the institutions that are restricting those choices

Interestingly Ranford then goes on to completely go against Jemima’s piece saying that:

Men are affected by pornography, for example from, I think, the average age for boys seeing pornography being 11. Pornography is often violent and degrading to women and that’s how a lot of young boys are getting their ideas around who women are and what sex is like

In other news – unsurprisingly 78% of front-page articles are written by men according to research undertaken by Women in Journalism – no surprise there then!

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Sexist urinals and loads more crazy stuff!

I’m doing shockingly badly at the regular blogging lately, but this is what comes from a hectic amount of work and no internet at home (get yourself in gear Orange). So basically lots to catch up on.

First off Ally Fogg has written an interesting piece about men in prisons and their roles as fathers. He describes how “benevolent sexism” means that women’s role as mothers means that they are seen differently to male prisoners.

Sexist urinals – never thought I’d see such things or that it was possible! Some people go to great lengths to be sexist!

Stuff has really hit the fan following Jeremy Hunt‘s statement that the abortion limit should be reduced to twelve weeks. David Cameron‘s since said this won’t happen, but the whole debate has done little to bolster the Tories’ compassionate Conservatism. This has been seized upon and fortunately opposed by Lesley Griffiths, who has also said she would oppose such a move in Wales.

Martin Robbins has written an article against the anti-page 3 campaign, warning that it isn’t very liberal to ban nudity in papers. The Vagenda have responded in kind writing an “anti-Martin Robbins article” article.

Nat Guest has written an interesting article on why women aren’t on comedy panel shows more often, plus another one for comedy – Robin Ince has blogged about how rape jokes are often made by those in the position of privilege.

Fresher’s week is here – and with it an abundance of sexism! At my Uni I seem to remember the token night was ‘Pimps and Hos’, but I’m sure there were many more! Crazy!


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“Milk for Real Men” and the Universal Credit

Walking home from work the other day I saw this ad staring back at me on a phone box.

Silly for a number of reasons:

  1. Am I not a real man if I don’t drink milk whilst hanging off cliffs?
  2. Am I not a real man if I’m not muscled up to the max or if I choose not to buy bulking products that will make me bigger?
  3. If I’m not a real man does this mean I’m a woman? Gasp! The horror of such a concept!

I know this ad is really a shameless ploy into getting me to feel ashamed of myself and purchase their product, but really it just made me extra glad that I’m not a buff dude who ploughs money into such companies.

I’ve been a member of the Bevan Foundation for a couple of years no. It’s a bit weird to be a paid-up member of a think tank, it’s not something I ever thought I’d do, but actually it’s just about getting great news updates on social justice issues in Wales – so basically bang on the money considering what I’m interested in. Their blog is well worth a read. Victoria Winckler has blogged about the threat of Universal Credit to Equality. It’s an interesting article as it’s not what I’d initially thought of when I heard about the Universal Credit, but not only will the credit severely affect the disabled and exclude those that are the wrong side of the digital divide, but it will also entrench divisions of labour in households.

The BBC’s programme ‘Women at the top‘ has looked at why so few women make it to the top in the world of business. I’d comment further, but I haven’t had the chance to watch this yet as I don’t have a TV and a certain telecoms company that I won’t mention (Orange) are ridiculously slow in getting our broadband installed.

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