Friday, March 09, 2012

You want to ban men from wolf-whistling? That's a cute idea, sweetheart

OK.  I’ve taken seven or eight hundred deep breaths.

Behold this.

A group of militant feminists want to ban all men from wolf-whistling and calling women 'darling'.

What group is this?  Rick Dewsbury doesn’t elaborate because it’s an American group and therefore nothing at all to do with EU regulations, which he later tries to conflate it with. Let’s look at what this group cares about:

Hollaback! is a movement dedicated to ending street harassment using mobile technology. Street harassment is one of the most pervasive forms of gender-based violence and one of the least legislated against. Comments from “You’d look good on me” to groping, flashing and assault are a daily, global reality for women and LGBTQ individuals. But it is rarely reported, and it’s culturally accepted as ‘the price you pay’ for being a woman or for being gay. At Hollaback!, we don’t buy it.

I don’t buy it either. But Rick Dewsbury thinks that women who feel like they’ve been attacked are “a band of bony-fingered killjoys” who would “happily have all men carted off to a hell-hole prison in the Mexican desert to be tortured until they accept their hellish sins.”

Rick Dewsbury thinks that women who don’t like to be objectified are not the sort of women he’d like:

One can only imagine that they sit around in WI style meetings sticking pins into voodoo dolls of men as they plot their bitter quest to create a dull and overly-regulated world.

The idea that people of all sexes deserve the same respect is the exact opposite of making the world dull.  It is buying into the fact that the world and its people are interesting.

Dewsbury on wolf-whistling: 

Just because a few sensitive little sweeties have taken offence they want to ban everybody from enjoying themselves.

Everybody, eh?  The point here is that women generally say they don’t enjoy it and look what happens: ‘men’ like Rick Dewsbury say that women who don’t enjoy being sexually objectified are spoiling mens’ fun.  What’s wrong with those bitches?

The rest of the article goes on in the same way.

With police numbers already stretched to the limit, we don't need them bogged down even more with pathetic complaints from pushy women.

Yep, it’s the women being pushy.

We're in grave danger or creating a police state full of Clockwork Orange style robots.

Yeah, that’s the 'danger’ of treating women with respect.

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