F Bombs for Feminism and Gender Equality

Wow! this is shocking!  You have been warned – But as the video asks – what is more shocking – the language of the little princesses or the statistics about Gender Equality and the way women are mistreated in our society?

The stats are from the US and the company responsible for it, FKHC8.com, are unashamedly a for profit company who sell t-shirts with strong activist messages. I am sure that lots of you who watch this video will be shocked by the behaviour of the girls – but if you are you are missing the point. What they are talking about is far more shocking than the way they talk and that is the message that we all need to hear.

Let me add some UK information on Gender Equality

On Sunday BBC2 broadcast episode 3 of Police under Pressure exploring the outrageous scandal in Rotherham where 1400 mostly girls have been trafficked, groomed and sexually abused by a gang of largely Asian men between 1997 and 2013.  5 men have been jailed, but for years little was done by either the local authority or the police despite countless complaints and there is growing evidence that people simply refused to act for fear of fueling a racist response.

Sadly the UK statistics on rape and sexual abuse are still high and like the US around one in five women have been victims of sexual abuse. What the Rotherham scandal and other reports show is that there is still a tendency especially by men in authority to blame the victims of sexual abuse for behaving in a way that has encouraged sexual offenses.

The Fawcett Society has just published its annual review of the Gender Pay Gap and the stats are not good reading.  The Gender Pay gap has risen to 19.1% from 18.6% which means that 4th November was equal Pay day – the day that, relative to men, women stopped earning for the year.  Viewed from a woman’s perspective this all means that men earn 23.6% more than women.

What makes this all worse is that the upward trend is likely to continue. Firstly there have been huge job losses in the public sector and job growth in the private sector where the gender pay gap is worse and the proportion of women in senior posts is lower.  Secondly what recovery we have seen has been in low paid sectors traditionally employing more women or in high paid sectors traditionally employing more men.

What is appalling about this is that nearly 40 years after the and the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and the implementation of the the Equal Pay Act we are still in the UK near the bottom of the league compared to other EU countries when if comes to treating women fairly and equally.

Why is it so hard to change the underlying attitudes in our society that maintain these totally unacceptable levels of unfairness and abuse towards women and femininity. Lets hope the words of a few little princesses can start a wake up call for Gender Equality.


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