Shirley Manson: ‘Men need to start policing their own’

The Hobbledehoy misses Shirley Manson. Read this excellent interview from The Independent and take a nostalgic look at the 1999 clip from Jools Holland.

…The problems that women face go far beyond the music industry. This is just the tiny tip of the iceberg. Misogyny and sexism is baffling and I have no answers as to where it comes from or why it continues.

Violence against women, particularly intimate partner violence and sexual violence – is a major public health problem and a violation of women’s human rights. Global estimates published by WHO indicate that about 1 in 3 (35%) of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. That speaks of a systemic, institutionalised problem that has flourished since time began. How can we possibly start to eradicate it? I don’t know. If I had the answers to this question I would run for office.

I am so desperate for this situation to be “ fixed”. I suspect however it begins with the way we educate our children about gender, identity, expression and sexuality from a very early age. The patriarchy has created a binary system in which males often thrive and women shrink. It’s all so crazy and outdated. Gender is dead. Let’s start by freeing the people!

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The full list of women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual harassment

A year after women came forward to accuse then-presidential candidate Donald Trump of sexual assault or harassment, the issue is once again at the forefront of political discourse.

For a number of months, women have been coming forward to accuse powerful men in entertainment and media of sexual assault or harassment. In recent days there have been reports that the president has sought to backtrack from his apology over the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape, in which he made vulgar comments about women. He has told aides that it wasn’t him in the video. He has also previously denied assaulting anyone or kissing anyone without consent [ . . . ] Read More: The full list of women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual harassment

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