Someone objected to my use of the word “funfem”. This abbreviation of “funfeminist” is a “slur”, I was sternly told, and I am not to use it.
Great idea. A blog to keep track of all the MPs who support No More Page 3.
- The piece in support of No More Page 3 was eloquently written by Caroline Criado-Perez, and you can read it on the link above.
- The opposing view was by Neil Wallis, a former editor of the Sun.
So I keep getting comments on my blog from a dude. I won’t approve those comments, because this dude doesn’t deserve the backlinks, but the pith of his dudely comments were too good not to share.
I’ll bet you didn’t know I am singlehandedly responsible for ruining feminism! OH THE HUMANITY.
There is a article in the Independent today about how page 3 of the Sun, and images of naked women in newspapers, contributes to domestic violence.
“There is an army on the other side hurtling abuse. It’s not simply about equal pay. It’s about the constant drip, drip of women being sexualised in the public space [which] has a great bearing on attitudes and domestic violence.
– Lynne Featherstone, former equalities minister for the UK
So then Dude Nation began barfing OMGCENSORSHIP in the comments and acting like taking the boobs off of page 3 would mean THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT. So here’s my answer:
Less exposure to sexist crap will diminish the amount of sexist crap that’s deemed acceptable.
And that can only be a good thing. NO MORE flipping PAGE 3 YES I AM GOING ON AND ON ABOUT THIS FOREVER UNTIL PAGE 3 GOES DOWN.
On that note, here’s some spoken-word goodness on the subject of Page 3 by Sabrina Mahfouz:
Meanwhile, you can read a post from a dude who calls himself the Naked Mole Rat about why he doesn’t like Page 3, which is the source of the quote I quoted up there.
I was pleased this morning to read a hopeful piece about the No More Page 3 campaign from none other than Clare Short, the former member of British parliament who spent years opposing Page 3. She did this because of the many, many women who wrote to her about its negative effect on their lives, and she was roundly scourged for it.
So I was halfway through the epic comments on a post at this blog* with my head throbbing more and more every time my jaundiced eye spotted some new commenter parroting the phrase “Jedi hugs!” that I finally gave up reading and began Googling for some Firefox addon that could block annoying phrases for me. I found some that would block the entire site, but that’s not what I wanted. I just wanted “Jedi hugs!” to disappear from my world, as it rightfully should.
So far, my search has been futile. If anybody knows how I can block this one phrase from a webpage, I’d love to hear about it.
So, my keyboard breaks from all the overtweeting I’ve been doing to support No More Page 3.
Today I had to go out to buy a new one. I’m gone for about 6 hours, and when I come back, our petition has 16,000+ signatures! That is 5000 in ONE DAY. Even I am amazed. Will we keep getting so many lovely supporters? Stay tuned.
I’m too tired to include a cute graphic here. Next post, I promise.