Bristol Misogyny Watch

Bristol Misogyny Watch - it's a bit like Autumnwatch but for misogynist behaviour in the media and at the Council in the Bristol area; anyone or any organisation who should know better in fact.

Yes, it's 2010. Yes, we all hoped that those dinosaur attitudes would have been long gone by now but it seems that they are alive and kicking in Bristol still.

This blog will record incidents of misogyny or sexism or discrimination in the media and at the Council. It's not slander. It's just how it is. Unfortunately.

Please let us know if you spot any misogynist behaviour that you'd like recorded on the blog.

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Friday, 3 December 2010

Double whammy

As if we needed more fuel, today's front page (and page two follow-up) in the Daily Mail-owned Bristol Evening Post (edited by three men in their late middle-age, or indeed in the Middle Ages) perfectly illustrates how not only they but ALSO Bristol City Council fails to grasp the issues of violence against women.

Evening Post bashes feminists... AGAIN!

A double whammy - local media and the local council in one swoop.

Misogyny is alive and well in Bristol. Unfortunately.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Missed opportunity with the new SEV policy

The Labour Government's new sex entertainment venue policy was a good opportunity for Bristol City Council to show that it cared about women - those who work in SEVs and those who are affected by the proliferation of SEVs.

Harmless fun? What do you think?  A former lapdancer says that men who think it is harmless are wrong:
It could have adopted a 'nil cap' which effectively means that no SEV licences will be granted in specified areas. The working party set up to write the SEV policy, headed by the chair of the licensing committee, could have chosen to adopt a nil cap across all wards in Bristol.

And did they do this?

Pick from the following option:

- No

Instead, the draft policy states that applications will be considered on a 'case by case' basis.

However, they have been considerate as the brand and reputation of an application will be considered important when deciding whether to grant a licence. Because, as every fule kno, selling women in a Stringfellow's is much more preferable to selling women in some tinpot little lap-dancing club!

Bristol City Council! Misogyny Watch has been kept busy with the councillors involved - lots of misogyny to spot with this topic.

Media misrepresents EVAW cock up

As usual, the Bristol Evening Post chose not to report the actual facts about the balls up at the Council House last Thursday for EVAW, instead favouring some wishy-washy PR-speak (well, it wasn't like they sent a journalist down to accompany the photographer, so what can you expect?).

Read it here to see a photo of Cllrs Poultney and Janke vowing to do everything they can to stop violence against women....

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

'Stuff The Bird'

The security guards/male receptionists at the office block where I work often pass their time by playing computer games on their laptop - instead of doing their job. That aside, today, while waiting for the lift, I glanced at his screen and saw him playing a game called 'Stuff The Bird'. Needless to say, it had nothing to do with cookery. He turned it off as soon as he saw me look at it, but FFS!!!

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Marks and Spencer - a special appearance

Making a special appearance on Bristol Misogyny Watch is Marks and Spencer.  This is a rare creature - a misogynist which pretends to be in tune with women, which are this particular type's main customers.

Yet Marks and Spencer was spotted sub-leasing a former Simply Food store to the Hooters breastaurant chain in August 2010.

Despite hundreds of complaints and appearances in the national press, this creature laid low in the hope that the threat from its predator (outraged feminists) would pass quietly and it could go about its normal day to day business of pretending not to be misogynist.

However, this special appearance won't be forgotten by many women and men in Bristol who will continue to avoid this creature's habitat until all association with Hooters is at an end.

Spotted - 3 councillors voting for a Hooters restaurant

Hooters - a restaurant which has the USP of the female waitresses' breasts and sex appeal.

The site - in a cumulative impact zone, which means that the default setting is to refuse a licence. 

Bristol City Council - a public body with a duty to uphold gender equality in all that it does.

So why, in August 2010, did 3 councillors on a licensing sub-committee grant the Hooters "breastaurant" chain a licence to operate in a cumulative impact zone despite strong police objections?  Yet a month later they decided to REFUSE an application for an alcohol licence from a corner shop in Southmead because of the potential impact on crime and disorder in the area.  That application gathered a 200 strong petition.  The say no to Hooters petition had around 950 signatures (and rising) when it was presented to the Council.

We can guess but we think it's probably because the councillors don't really see things from a woman's perspective.  Why would they?  Women aren't that important!  Women are just 52% of the population, after all!

Monday, 29 November 2010

Voting for a lapdancing club

Some would say that voting in favour of an application for a lap dancing club is misogynist.  We all know how harmful lap dancing clubs are, right?

So surely anyone who is reasonably intelligent and who has the benefit of sitting on the North Bristol Domestic Abuse Forum would not want to vote in favour of a flawed planning application for a lap dancing club?  Surely?!

Yet, this councillor was spotted in December 2009 at a licensing sub-committee meeting voting in favour of this application.  The vote was 5-2 against.  Apparently this was not because of misogyny, but because the councillor believed that the application would win any appeal against the council.

It didn't.

The Planning Inspectorate upheld the council's decision in August 2010.  Funny that.

Bristol Evening Post

Spotted in October,the political editor of the Evening Post remarking that the opening of the Hooters breastaurant was an "own goal for sour faced feminists".

Following this article, which opened up the floodgates for yet some more feminist bashing online, the editor and the political editor of the Evening Post were asked to sign this media pledge against misogyny.

However, they didn't even bother replying to the request.

International End Violence Against Women Day - or should that be: International End Violence Against People Day?

The United Nations had designated the 25th November 2010 International End Violence Against Women Day.

However, two Lib Dem councillors at Bristol City Council believe that it's discriminatory to have an EVAW day.

They visited the Council's EVAW photocall.  One councillor refused to look at the artwork on display because it had been put together at workshops for female survivors.

Both councillors have been asked to issue an apology but none has been forthcoming as yet.