If you haven't heard of UK Feminista
, you haven't missed anything. It calls itself a movement of ordinary women and men campaigning for gender equality. Which means? How about telling you what you can and cannot read, hear and see? To this end it spouts all manner of creative statistics, like this nonsense currently on its website'
s schools against sexism
page: "one in three girls in the UK experiences ‘groping’ at schools and sexual harassment is routine."
Not by teachers, hopefully, or could this simply be a case of little Johnny and Sarah playing I'll show you mine if you show me yours?
It is easy to laugh at these "wimmin" and their manginas, but there is really nothing funny about people who campaign to destroy your rights, your freedoms and even your livelihoods, especially when they succeed.
The latest nonsense is a new campaign against page 3
. For those not au fait
with this UK institution, on November 17, 1970, the Sun
newspaper published a topless model on its page 3, and has done so for the past nearly 43 years, longer than most of the people on this planet have been alive. Now, suddenly, it is a threat to civilisation. Indeed, there is now a dedicated website
set up to campaign against it.
Having successfully intimidated one major supermarket chain with their "lose the lads' mags" campaign, Kat Banyard and her motley shower have upped the ante, they and their fellow travellers are now trying to remove topless models from page 3 of the Sun
, spouting the usual well worn disingenuous arguments about the objectification of women, sexual harassment and so on. What they are ignoring though, or perhaps they are totally unaware of, is the historical context.
Back in the 1980s, the Labour MP Dawn Primorolo - who is still in Parliament today - tried to pass a law against page 3. Some women were not impressed, including this one
, who wrote to the anti-censorship group NCROPA
Earlier but still in the 80s, there was a concerted campaign by the authorities to clamp down on so-called pornography. When the police went after private cinema clubs and shops that stocked "men's" pornography, no one batted an eyelid, but when HM Customs raided an outfit called Gay's The Word
, suddenly there was an outcry from the usual suspects over censorship.
Let us though go back further, a lot further. The works of art below say it all. You will probably recognise the third, and if you have ever visited Florence for any reason you may well have seen it. The second is actually by a female artist, and is arguably the most tasteful of the three. Perhaps UK Feminista and other wimmin's rights
campaigners should campaign against them too? Or perhaps at a time when women - especially mothers - are having real problems in this era of manufactured austerity, they should find something meaningful for which to campaign.