Oh dear, Demos
Jess McCabe // 11 May 2009
Think-tank Demos last week launched their vision for how power should be “radically devolved”.
But Jenni Russell at Comment is Free went to the launch, and “no one mentioned women’s existence once”:
As I stood listening, I began to feel a rising tide of outrage. There was just one problem with this message of transformation and innovation – which was that every single one of the five speakers arguing for change was a man (white, at that). That every name mentioned as a new Demos adviser was that of a man. That no one mentioned women’s existence once. And that when we were shown a brief video about how power must be shared with the people, every silhouette and every symbol on the screen was – quite unselfconsciously – that of a man.
Very… er… radical.