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Stalking, the Sexual Revolution and are Women better drivers?

Stalking law not fit for purpose

            Female stalking victims are demanding action from the Scottish government for longer jail terms and better monitoring of offenders.  One woman whose life was turned upside down is dismayed that he is being released soon is demanding he be permanently tagged and monitored.  Police Scotland have declined to release a picture of this male, despite saying he is a danger to all women.   The male was jailed three times and the woman’s employers declined to move her to a different place of work which he would be unaware of.  Eventually she has been forced to change career. 

            Serial stalking victims want sentencing to be more in line with England, where offenders can face jail terms of up to 10 years compared with two in Scotland, and there appears to be no escalation of sentencing for repeat offenders.   The maximum penalty for the specific offence of stalking introduced in Scotland in 2010 is up to five years in prison.

            MSP Rona Mackay launched a Private Member’s Bill to give police more powers to act against suspects before conviction by introducing Stalking Protection Orders.  Many stalkers are previous partners of the victim, but an increasing number are strangers to their victims.   One in four young women between 16 and 24 years old say they have been victims of stranger stalking.

The Sexual Revolution has failed women:

            Louise Perry claims the sexual revolution in the 1960s may not have done women any favours (‘The Case Against the Sexual Revolution’, Louise Perry, 2022).  Prior to the advent of the Pill and abortions, women had a ‘defence’ against sexual advances.  Then fear of pregnancy was greatly reduced, and the idea that the double standards applying to no-frills relationships (sex with no commitment) should also be done away with, meant men then expected that women would be promiscuous and effectively had to have an excuse not to.  Taboos against easy sex for women were replaced with an expectation that men and women were both sexually free.  Young women in particular were regarded as prudes if they did not want this. 

            What the feminist revolution sold women, though, was a lie.  Women were supposedly the equal of men in their ability to drink alcohol, to take multiple sexual partners, and were also physically the equal to men.

            But that was just not the case.  Physiological differences limit women’s ability to drink and process alcohol, and in one-on-one sexual encounters with a stranger, women are heavily at a disadvantage in terms of physical strength.  Bluntly, men have much more chance of surviving the encounter than women do.

            In the age of Tinder the expectations of men are for the perfect female with the perfect body, and she will also indulge in any kind of sexual activity the men want.  Some men will not even date women who will not fulfil a tick list of sexual activities, some of which used to be limited to male only relationships.  Now everything is not just permissible, it’s obligatory.

            Dark as this is, a devastating trend then emerged of men killing women during sexual encounters and claiming it was ‘rough consensual sex’ which had gone wrong.  The defence was surprisingly successful until women united to protest against it, and there is still a long way to go in eradicating it. 

            The sexual liberation of women has liberated ….. men.

Young women ruined by porn

            It is claimed that, far from empowering women, porn has made them feel inadequate and is destroying their sex lives, not enhancing them, by making them feel overwhelmingly anxious about sex, and even making them a prey to risky and aggressive sexual acts. 

           Much internet porn involves dangerous and degrading practices that many women do not want and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists report increasing referrals for sexual pain in women, possibly caused by the extreme fear of intimacy created by porn.  Even the National Union of Students admit internet porn is now a major education source for young people, but to many it seems not in a good way.

            It is only relatively recently that the defence of ‘rough sex’ was no longer seen as reasonable if a woman died during a sexual encounter. 

Scotland’s first Period Dignity Officer

            WAS a man. Jason Grant, a former personal trainer and tobacco salesman, was apparently the best person for the job in the Tayside area, advising teenage girls in schools and colleges on periods and period poverty.  Should not this, of all jobs, be reserved for a female under the provisions of the Equality Act 2010?

            He was also to have been advising women on the menopause.  What a great idea!  To have a male advising females on things he will NEVER experience.  Following a backlash from women’s groups, he is no longer in the post.  But now the post no longer exists, having been withdrawn by the council.  It’s almost as if they’re saying ‘Okay, women, you won, but now instead of a man in the post, you won’t have the post at all.  We got you’.

            It now transpires that Jason Grant is suing on the grounds of sex discrimination.

Lack of women in senior university roles

            Jeanette Findlay has presented data to an employment tribunal showing that only 11% of senior roles in the University of Glasgow’s Economics department went to females, and just 16% in science and engineering.  She says this is due to women often having family and caring commitments which lead to limited time for research, and claims she asked for mentoring help every year but did not get a response.  The tribunal is currently considering her claim that she was overlooked for a professorship in 2020 due to her sex.

Women are Better Drivers

            A recent test survey by the University of Newcastle has shown that women are better drivers than men.  In tests women more swiftly regained control of driverless vehicles which were about to crash and were faster to switch lanes to avoid a collision.  They also had steadier hands when steering.

            Men often appear more aggressive when driving, more prone to overtaking ‘just one more car’, more prone to road rage and with no regard at all for any speed limits.

Julia Pannell                                                  29/08/22

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