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Sat Apr 30, 2022, 10:27 AM Apr 2022

Guardian: 'It's rife': female MPs tell of climate of misogyny in Westminster...

...After two cases of misogynistic behaviour in a week, Harriet Harman says there will be ‘no hiding place’ for sexism in Commons.


Note: Cross-posted from General Discussion.

>Even as Conservative whips claimed they were hunting down the MP who made anonymous derogatory comments about Angela Rayner this week, one senior Tory minister was already making light of it.

Following the claim that Labour’s deputy leader had been using a “Basic Instinct” ploy to distract Boris Johnson, a male minister was seen making a series of jokes about women crossing and uncrossing their legs suggestively while in one of parliament’s bars. The remarks, witnessed by someone working in Westminster, are the latest sign of a macho culture that it is struggling to shake off.

Five years on from another scandal at the heart of government, which resulted in the sacking of the effective deputy prime minister, Damian Green, the slur against Rayner led to female politicians raising the alarm over ongoing alleged misogyny and sexual misconduct, including a Conservative MP allegedly caught watching pornography on his phone in the Commons.

Female politicians say sexist and demeaning treatment on the parliamentary estate continues unchecked. “Everybody has experience of sexism, it’s just rife,” said Alex Davies-Jones, Labour MP and shadow minister. “You know, comments about appearance, and comments on what we’re wearing rather than what we’re saying.”<

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Guardian: 'It's rife': female MPs tell of climate of misogyny in Westminster... (Original Post) abqtommy Apr 2022 OP
Misogyny is rampant everywhere. Thank you so much for bringing this to us. niyad Apr 2022 #1
You're welcome. I just do what I do. nt abqtommy Apr 2022 #2
And for that we are most grateful. niyad Apr 2022 #3
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