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Obama vs Cameron

Before the last US election, I was out on a night out in Aberystwyth and drunkenly bought a copy of Esquire just because Obama was on the cover. This was how much I hoped he would be elected and I wholly bought in to his mantra of change. I was nevertheless still slightly scared to wake up in the morning with a bad hangover and with Obama staring me in the face as I’d passed out with the magazine next to my head.

It hasn’t ended up as I think most of us had hoped (as this article from Owen Jones captures well). But the scary thing is that under Romney everything would no doubt be worse, particularly in terms of gender equality, as this article by Emma Brockes captures when she looks at the influence that female voters had on the election result. Here’s hoping Obama does something in his second term to revive the hope that so many people had before his first term. Still, even if he does manage that, not sure if I want to wake up so close to his face again anytime soon.

In stark contrast, can’t say I had any hope when the Tories had the largest share of the vote in the last election. Dame Helen Ghosh has said that Cameron is out of touch as only 3 women are permanent secretaries. Can’t say the fact that Cameron is out of touch is a big surprise.

But it seems that it’s not just Cameron that’s out of touch, turns out most of us are to some extent. This article about a week of sexism by Laura Bates shows just how widespread sexism is in our society and how we don’t really question these things. I can’t claim to have any moral high ground here. Until a couple of years ago I’d laugh along to many dubious jokes, it’s only recently I’ve felt confident enough to challenge this and be the uncool guy in the corner being uber-pc. But it’s something I plan to do more of, and not just in terms of gender either as I think we all need to do more to challenge everyday discrimination.

On a slightly nicer note, thousands of people have decided to try to lobby for Malala Yousafzai, the young blogger who wrote about the struggle for young women to get an education in a Taliban dominated area. Which is pretty awesome. I’m off to sign the petition now and I suggest that you do the same as it’s a well good idea!

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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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Tories, recessions, Leveson and Page 3

I’ve spent some time on this blog trying to be apolitical, I’ve defended Louise Mensch…. ok that’s about it. Haven’t managed to push myself any further to the right than that. Turns out it’s for good reason…..

Dr Fox (the other one, not the guy above – this has probably been done loads) has said that paternity leave should be axed. What an idiot. This punishes, men, women and families. Right, there’s a deficit. But at what point do we stop cutting away at people’s quality of life? Hate to sound like a broken record, but actually…. at what point do we finally agree that the recession was caused by a greedy banking culture and stop taking people’s rights away?

John Whittingdale, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee chairman, has suggested Lord Justice Leveson had invited “anybody who has a grudge against the press” to give evidence. He says “Things like the question of Page Three girls. That’s a controversial issue but you don’t need a judicial inquiry to look into that.” Which is rubbish. What’s the point in having a judicial enquiry into the conduct of the press, but then ignoring the conduct of the press?

Kira Cochrane has taken this point on and examined the current campaign against page 3. This article on Lucy-Anne Holmes and her campaign against Page 3 is quite compelling. She actually says the reason behind the success of this is because of Leveson and the focus on press behaviour. Makes me think that Whittingdale’s comments should be taken with a fistful of salt.

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