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Be Careful Not to Write Some Women off

On International Women’s Day this year, I think we need to reflect rather than celebrate.  Several things recently in Scotland show that, despite women defeating the gender reform bill (albeit through the UK government), we are still under attack as a class.

The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act goes live on 1st April, without protection for women, unless we double-qualify as religious, atheist, disabled, young, old.  There is still no Anti-Misogyny Act on the books.

Scottish Labour Conference voted against women’s rights to single sex spaces and single sex intimate care despite constituency labour party delegates’ votes being nearly 70% in favour.  Affiliate votes amounted to 77% of the tally, amongst others the block votes of GMB, Unison and Unite. Unison voted at their own conference in 2022 AGAINST women. 

Why are women putting up with this?  Why not set up our own unions, excluding men?  The men are giving us all the ammunition we need to be able to do this legally under the Equality Act, by showing us how women NEED our own representation as it is not there when we rely on men.

And lastly, the shameful case of Emma Caldwell raises a whole lot of other questions.  Why were police so blinkered regarding a suspect who had not been cleared?  Why did it take so long to get the right man behind bars?  Hopefully, these questions will be answered in a public inquiry.

But prejudice against some classes of women is alive and well.  There are ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ victims.  Girls who have drinks spiked are dismissed as ‘She had too much to drink, nothing to see here’.  Except there is a growing body of evidence that it is a real menace.  A drug addict dies?  A prostitute?  ‘Lifestyle choices’. A girl is raped?  ‘No, it wasn’t’ rape, she just regrets it now she’s sobered up, in case her man finds out’.

Who are the users of prostitutes?  Men.  Not monsters.  Ordinary men who you and I know, with wives and children and respectable jobs.  If men did not think it was okay to objectify women, use them like a piece of meat, and throw them away, there wouldn’t be a ‘market’ for prostitution.  Same with lap-dancing, ‘gentlemen’s clubs’ and porn.  And we need to stop talking about ‘sex workers’, as if it is a career choice, as if the women are empowered.  They aren’t.  No six-year-old girl gets up one morning and says, ‘I know.  When I grow up I’m going to be a drug-addled prostitute, career sorted’.  Life happens and bad breaks happen, and it will be happening more and more as the social welfare net develops big gaping holes where there used to be support.

So don’t let’s think it’s over.  And the next time a prostitute is killed, try and remember she was a daughter, sister, even wife, driven to desperation by life.

 

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