A UN rapporteur has ruffled a few feathers (that, it seems, is their point) after coming to the Britain and claiming the country is dominated by a ‘boys’ club sexist culture’.
The over-sexualisation of women is ‘pervasive’ Rashida Manjoo said and claimed sexual bullying and harassment are rife within schools.
‘Have I seen this level of sexist culture in other countries? It hasn’t been so “in your face” in other countries. I haven’t seen it so pervasively in other countries. I’m sure it exists but it wasn’t so much and so pervasive. I’m not sure what gives to a more visible presence of sexist portrayals of women and girls in this country in particular.
‘What is clear from these indications of portrayals of women and girls is that there is a boys’ club sexist culture. That exists and it does lead to perceptions about women and girls in this country.’
Britain is not the most sexist country in the world - she doesn't claim it is - but she touches on a real problem. Arguing that other countries are much worse does not mean we can be complacent and not confront such issues. About 85,000 women are raped every year in England and Wales, another 400,000 sexually assaulted and one in five women between the ages of 16 and 59 has 'experienced some form of sexual violence'.
We live in a society where daily newspapers think it's acceptable to continue featuring topless women on page 3 for no other reason than the apparent quality of her breasts. Yet the campaign calling for and en to this daily dose of objectification is stubbornly resisted; meanwhile former editor of The Sun, Dominic Mohan, defended the page at the Leveson Inquiry, saying it was an 'innocuous British institution'.
Yes, Ms Manjoo did rather let her argument down somewhat claiming some websites and televisions channels dealt in the ‘marketisation' of womens' bodies before adding that she had not herself looked at the websites.
But, among the hundreds of comments beneath the article on the BBC, many made her point rather too well (I have tried to retain the typos and mistakes submitted by the supplier).
The comment below was typical:
First of all anyone who basis such outspoken opinion on what they have allegedly been told instead of factual personal knowledge, is an idiot, end of ! Secondly, one only needs to take a glance at this woman to realise her “type” , probably constantly claiming victimisation of any and every sort if things do not go exactly as SHE wants . Not worth the coverage really.
A jccanary wrote:
‘I’d like to see how women are treated in her country of origin, before she comes over here and lectures us
Woody, who strikes me as being a bit lonely, thought:
‘So she’s investigating violence against women?
Perhaps she could look into why guys that commit violence against women rarely seem to be single or struggling to find a girlfriend? They have no problems finding another victim
Yet plenty of nice guys are long term single
Perhaps women have to take some responsibility here…?
As Alexandra Burke sang; ‘the bad boys are always catching my eye’
Alasdair Campbell thinks women not wearing enough clothes are the cause of the problem:
As far as I can see, groups of young women in the UK out on a drinking binge or hen party week-end sexualise themselves by wearing little or nothing. No wonder some lads behave in the way they do when confronted by such blatant displays.
Mike from Brum thought:
‘I am guessing Rashida Manjoo hasn’t had much personal experience of sexual bullying’
And similar sentiments came from the charming xvs250
One look at her face,and her title 'Ms' just says it all. Criticising UK websites which she admits she has not even seen.Well,let's not allow facts to get in the way of our ultra- left opinions,eh? Who pays this Ms's salary?
Derek and phrtao think it’s the men we need to be worrying about
It does appear that the most downtrodden individuals in the UK at the moment are white non-Muslim heterosexual males aged between 18 and 65, despite what this biased South African lawyer says.
I feel that we actually have a female dominated culture in Britain where female values and etiquette dominate. Men are afraid to be men and boys are treated as sub-standard girls. Women participate in the over sexualisation of themselves much more than men demanding it. If all women wore no make-up and overalls men would still find them attractive (but they don't want that).
Meanwhile, it sounds like VanDiesil got in trouble with his better half after a night at a strip club
If a man goes to a gentleman's club to view strippers it is "sexist", but if a woman goes to watch the Chippendales or whatever male strippers are nowadays, it is perfectly fine and just a laugh. If a man buys sex toys he is a pervert, but fine for women to do so at an Ann Summers party
Meanwhile Stuart and empiredown are just trolling:
Women are good at cooking and cleaning , and some admin based stuff , they should leave the rest to the men
Women take twice as long in the bathroom. This is where real inequality resides. And where it is mission critical to address it.