“The statistics on domestic violence, for instance, or the disproportionate impact of austerity on women, or the peculiar predicament of women from ethnic minorities are not a matter for national shame and urgent attention – until a female foreigner of a certain age points them out. Then we must get busy saying well, at least we aren’t as bad as South Africa, or – and here we really clutch at the flimsiest of straws – Saudi Arabia.”
Tanya Gold: Britain may have a sexist culture – but at least it’s British sexism, eh?

'Get your arse out, mate': we turn the tables on everyday sexism

Leah Green goes undercover to see how unsuspecting men react when sexist situations experienced by women are inverted. 

“It’s only by turning the tables on sexual aggression that we can see how shocking it is”
— Leah Green, responding to some of the criticism following this video that reversed everyday sexism. 
“People didn’t want to acknowledge it, or talk about it. And it wasn’t just men who took this view; it was women, too, telling me I was being oversensitive, or simply looking for problems where there weren’t any.”
“It’s a myth that street harassment is just a bit of harmless fun. It’s about about power and control – and, as I know from personal experience, can so easily turn to violence”

This is rape culture – and look at the damage it does

We live in a world where sexual assault can be dismissed with jokes or excuses, even used in a chatup line or plastered across a T-shirt. The UK rape statistics are shocking, and so are these harrowing reports to the Everyday Sexism Project. Read more

Photograph: Raoul Dixon/NNP/North News & Pictures Ltd

Sexism is rife in classical music. We need a change of attitudes

Pictured: Recipient of snide comments … the American conductor Marin Alsop with the Filarmonica della Scala orchestra. Photograph: Marco Brescia/AP

David Dinsmore, the paper’s new editor, has ditched the speech bubble that gave them a voice. While artist Katie Horwich has given them something back: clothes

Photos: Katie Horwich

guardiancomment:

Honestly, Peta’s ads make me so angry I could stamp on a kitten. While eating a Big Mac and wearing chinchilla. If this has offended you, then I should make clear that my tongue is very firmly in my cheek. Which, funnily enough, was precisely the excuse Peta’s associate director of campaigns and outreach proffered when confronted with the criticism that the organisation’s latest ad, Boyfriend went vegan, all but condones physical violence within a relationship. After all, if sex sells, hard sex sells harder, and the sort of sex that leaves you hospitalised sells hardest of all.

Brilliant piece. Here’s a quote:

"Further, courting controversy for controversy’s sake has a troubling effect over time. While shock and gore still have the potential to be powerful, they have become so ubiquitous that we are gradually becoming desensitised to them. It makes no difference whether you’re promoting chocolate or charity: normalising violence can never be justified. We should cut Peta absolutely no slack for this latest ad just because, somewhere in the background, bunny rabbits are involved."