This article needs a fisking:
Women and girls across the UK face “relentless” harassment on the street and not enough is being done to stop it, MPs say.
The politicians making up the Women and Equalities Committee looked into the issue for nine months and found the amount of harassment meant it became “normalised” for girls growing up.
Similarly, anti-poverty campaigners think we live in a Dickensian dystopia, anti-racism campaigners think the KKK roam the streets looking for brown folk to lynch, and the modern temperance movement thinks we’re all alcoholics. If a committee was set up to manage unicorns, you can be sure we’d be reading reports on how many unicorns were hiding in the woods.
The MPs are now calling for the government to take action to tackle it.
The Home Office said the issue was a “key priority”.
Thankfully, immigration, terrorism, Brexit, public debt, knife crime, house prices, and every other major issue the electorate cites as priorities have been solved.
The committee heard evidence that street harassment was widespread, from being shouted at and cat-called through to sexual assaults.
In whose interests is it to lump sexual assaults together with being shouted at?
They also heard it took place in a number of public spaces – on transport, in bars and clubs, through online spaces, at universities, in parks and on the street.
So men vy for women’s attention everywhere. Who knew?
Committee chairwoman Maria Miller said: “It can make women and girls scared and stressed, avoid certain routes home at night or certain train carriages, wear headphones while out running.
With the exception of wearing headphones, this is no different to young men wishing to avoid getting into a fight. Do these idiots think men don’t avoid certain routes home at night, or certain train carriages? How many of those ending up in A&E with knife wounds are young men?
“Women feel the onus is put on them to avoid ‘risky’ situations – all of this keeps women and girls unequal.”
They feel the onus is on them, probably because they’re so wrapped up in their own victimhood they’ve not bothered to talk to any men about what it’s like for them.
The report concluded that social attitudes underpinned sexual harassment, and the normalisation of it contributed to a “wider negative cultural effect on society”.
Right, so we’re back to one of my pet topics. There was time when British men were, on the whole, rather gentlemanly and British women rather ladylike. Then feminists decided men and women were equal and women should adopt the behaviours of the worst men, and mocked the traditional, polite Englishman into extinction. Now he’s been replaced by a boorish oaf who has no respect for the women he sees around him. So ask yourselves, feminists: who was it who demanded society should be tipped upside down and gender roles abandoned? It wasn’t men, was it?
And while the government has pledged to eliminate sexual harassment of women and girls by 2030, the committee said there was “no evidence of any programme to achieve this”.
Government programs are to feminists what Instagram likes are to teenage girls.
The report outlined seven key recommendations to tackle street harassment:
Force train and bus operators to take tougher action against sexual harassment and block the viewing of pornography on public transport
I haven’t tried viewing pornography on public transport, but I’ll assume it’s done through a phone’s 4G connection. How are they going to block that, then?
Ban all non-consensual sharing of intimate images
How are they going to enforce this? And what’s it got to do with street harassment?
Publish a new “Violence Against Women and Girls” strategy
This will certainly keep a lot of feminists employed at taxpayer expense, but I’m not convinced it will change much.
Create a public campaign to change attitudes
Because men aren’t feeling nagged enough by feminists as it is.
Take an evidence-based approach to addressing the harms of pornography, along the lines of road safety or anti-smoking campaigns
What are they going to do, put up billboards of blind teenage boys and post pictures of hairy palms in schools? It’s interesting how not so long ago progressives were preaching free love and sex, while stuffy old priests warned of the corrupting influence of pornography. Now we have gay priests talking about free love while feminists harrumph over porn.
Tougher laws to ensure pub landlords take action on sexual harassment – and make local authorities consult women’s groups before licensing strip clubs
Strip clubs? Is this really about street harassment? As someone pointed out, modern feminism is largely about maximising women’s sexual agency while eliminating that of men.
Make it a legal obligation for universities to have policies outlawing sexual harassment
Where the definition of sexual harassment will be so poorly defined men will soon learn to stay well clear of women at university, and stick to those they meet on Tinder.
Ms Miller said: “Sexual harassment in public places… is the most common form of violence against women and girls and the damage is far-reaching, and yet most of it goes unreported.
Hey girls! If you report non-violent acts as violent, people will take you seriously!
“The #MeToo movement shows that we must confront some deeply uncomfortable truths about our society and the attitudes some men hold.”
Twitter campaigns are an excellent basis for government legislation.
Hollaback! – an international movement tackling harassment – says there is no right or wrong way to respond.
But if you choose to speak directly to the assailant, it offers the following advice:
Be firm: Look them in the eye and denounce their behaviour with a strong, clear voice
Say what feels natural: The important thing is that you are not apologetic in your response
This contradicts what you just said.
Don’t engage: Harassers may try to argue with you or dismiss you through further conversation or by making fun of you. As tempting as it may be get into a verbal war with them, it is not recommended. The attention may feed their abusive behaviour
A second ago you said you should talk to them.
Keep moving: Once you’ve said your piece, keep moving. Harassers do not deserve the pleasure of your company
Ah yes. In the midst of being sexually harassed, an experience so traumatic the government must intervene with wide-reaching national legislation, you must never lose sight of who deserves you.
The Home Office said it had pledged £100m in funding until 2020 to help local services combat violence against women and girls.
More jobs for middle class feminists! Huzzah!
And it said it was working on an updated “Violence Against Women and Girls” strategy.
Will the new edition remove the section advising underage girls in Rotherham who are being gang-raped to shut up and embrace the diversity?
A Home Office spokeswoman said: “Unwelcome advances that intimidate, degrade or humiliate women and girls are an abuse of power and unlawful. Whether in the home, the workplace or in public, sexual harassment is unacceptable.
Presumably welcome advances are just fine, the difference being whether the guy is cute or not.
“The government has made protecting women and girls from all forms of violence, and supporting victims and survivors a key priority.”
Yes, we’ve seen your commitment to this in Rotherham, Huddersfield, and elsewhere.
It appears the government is increasingly run by middle class feminists for the primary benefit of middle class feminists. I suppose this makes a change from a government run by and for the landed gentry, but I’m not sure it’s an improvement.