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.

Dinosaur Parade

Dinosaur Parade

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

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!

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