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02 June 2006

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Diana M

Just surfed by due to the topic "misogyny in UK" because of a experience which keeps me thinking since some days in a concrete way: Just been in a good english suburban pub to watch England-Sweden the other day. 2 other women with their partners somewhere at the bar, me the only female trying to enjoy the match and a pint, surrounded by ca. 20 guys in football-gear watching the match. The half of them - not joking - the whole time playing with their balls, talking to each other, sometimes starring around. Yesterday afternoon, walking through the streets, a couple of guys passing by, hands in their pants, masturbating.
Can not remember that I have seen this in such an open way under daylight elsewhere.
Today, I am opening the guardian, Sports, page 3, excellent shot by Eddie Keogh/Reuters of "Wayne Rooney showing Sven-Goran Eriksson the way yesterday": Left hand with index finger lifted up to the sky (like Augustus) right hand in the footballshorts, like masturbating in public, eyes fixed on his coach...
Now I get a little bit of a clue about what is going on with this>
My impression is very simple. This is nothing else than aggressive behaviour, a dominating, oppressive gesture - quite socially tolerated or even accepted.

Mark Rosenkranz

The book "White Male Privilege" furthers the cause for human rights.

Suebob

The sad part is that it is pretty much a world disease, not an English one. In the US, the most common cause of death for pregnant women is murder, I have heard. In India, there are the infamous dowry killings. Many countries have "honor killings." Being a woman is a tough go all over the place.

Zamzam

I agree with the with Guardian writer. I read the British papers frequently and one always reads an article about femicide. Britain is lagging behind Scandinavia with regards to women’s participation in the political arena, except for ‘Maggi’ who brought Reganite policies of privatization of many public sectors. Women don’t enjoy a greater representation as judges and policy makers. They are still in the dark ages when it comes to maternity leave – still behind many industrial countries. But who is to blame? Women –

As for the horrific murder of Stephen Lawrence, it happens frequently - just a few months ago, a black youth was killed at the bus stop left with an axe in his head. The Stephen Lawrence’s case exposed the institutional racism that’s ingrained in law enforcement agencies and the system as a whole. Even though there are a lot of communities of color in Britain yet they don’t seems to be hired by the police. I commend his parents for not giving up on seeking justice for their son’s murders, and for not even burring him on British soil for fear of desecrating his grave. After all, what do we expect from a country that exterminated a lot of African’s in Kenya, and many parts of the world under the guise of spreading sh*tocracy, freedom, & enlightenments. Which brings to mind the usual mantra of the current administration in the U.S. of A – for some reason the Anglo-Saxon history repeats it self especially when it wreaks havoc on people of color all over the globe.

Cheers,

Uaridi

I read the commentary, and it is true that women are marginalised in the UK, several studies have shown this including salaries, promotion and so forth. However, I do not believe that a study like Stephen's would do any good. The Stephen report is gathering dust in policy makers' shelves, all of them feeling proud of their newly coined phrase "Institutional Racism"

I too meet Mrs. Lawrence, a very strong woman, still working to bring about positive change in the UK.

PS I hope you had a good day yesterday.

Uaridi

I read the commentary, and it is true that women are marginalised in the UK, several studies have shown this including salaries, promotion and so forth. However, I do not believe that a study like Stephen's would do any good. The Stephen report is gathering dust in policy makers' shelves, all of them feeling proud of their newly coined phrase "Institutional Racism"

I too meet Mrs. Lawrence, a very strong woman, still working to bring about positive change in the UK.

PS I hope you had a good day yesterday.

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