Louise Livesey // 11 March 2009
Walls Come Tumbling Down highlights Alastair Campbell’s New Statesman initiative to find out what one sentence people would want in the next election manifesto. My suggestion would be:
“To take seriously tackling all forms of oppression against women ranging from the pay gap to sexual violence, from objectifying advertising to limited opportunities and to ensure that women become important, autonomous and unoppressed individuals in society”
See here to make your own suggestion and to see what’s being suggested by others. Remember to cross-post your suggestion in the comments on this post too!
Meanwhile, in activist news of other sorts. Amber Rudd, Conservative Party spokesperson for Hastings and Rye has published an article claiming, amongst other things:
I certainly believe that most people accept that there should be equality of opportunity between the sexes.
So we are all feminists now.
Equality is what feminism means – don’t let the radicals hijack the word to mean something extreme.
Nobody assumes any more that women should play a certain role.
Yes, of course, so next time I’m told I have to be defined by my marital status (“Is that Miss or Mrs?”, next time I read working women “hurt” their children, or that a rape victim “was asking for it”, next time I overhear, or have shouted at me, that a man would “fuck me” or “give me one”, next time I see women’s bodies exploited to sell deodorant or see an advert suggesting I’m so dumb I’ll allow any man wearing a certain product to insert his penis into me, the next time I hear about a woman experiencing domestic violence or being coerced to have sex by her boyfriend, after all those things, I’ll just remind myself that Ms Rudd is, of course, right and I’m not assumed to play a certain role or socially constructed as a sex object with no identity outside of my sexual and marital relationships. Of course.
More positively – the End Violence Against Women consultation is out including a survey and the formal consultation. Go be an activist and take part!