Gender and Politics in the media

UK: Sexism is rife in Parliament. Clegg faces grassroots anger over response. Cameron’s ‘Sexist Public Toilets’ Slammed.

Opinion: Part of the solution is that we need more male feminists  Liberal Democrat Voice As a gay man, I see that LGBT men and women often experience the same prejudices as women in general, in terms of their social standing. The difference is that LGBT rights have moved on a fair bit since the 1970s, thankfully. However many people (men and women) still see women as objects requiring their height to be raised in heels, make-up applied and at worse, plastic surgery to look younger/more beautiful. Men don’t require this, and nor should women. People are beautiful as they are and we must start respecting all people for their acts, behaviours and attitudes, not their appearance.

No. No more.

Rennard scandal: Rennard scandal deepens: Nick Clegg aide apologises for … Mirror.co.uk A top aide of Deputy PM Nick Clegg has apologised for snubbing a plea for help from the party activist who claims she was groped by a Lib Dem peer.  She said: “I heard some of the allegations directly from one of the women who has now reported them.

LONDON LETTER : The party is struggling with allegations against a former official Irish Times The Liberal Democrats pride themselves, perhaps more than any other political party, on their reputation for equality, but no mainstream party has fewer female MPs, fewer female ministers or fewer members drawn from ethnic minorities in Britain. Today …

Lord Rennard scandal: Nick Clegg faces grassroots anger over response to … The Independent Ms Smith added: “Now is not the time for senior Lib Dems to dismiss the seriousness of harassment, nor to condemn these women for bravely speaking up, nor to criticise journalists for being self-appointed detectives [as Mr Clegg said this week]. It is …

Lord Rennard sex scandal: sexism is rife in Parliament Telegraph.co.uk There’s no doubt that the Liberal Democrats are now taking very seriously claims that Lord Rennard behaved inappropriately towards women by propositioning and touching them. That’s some comfort, at least, to those who were allegedly the subject of his…

Vince Cable dropped for key Liberal Democrat rally speech so party can parade … Daily Mail Vince Cable has been moved from a key role at a Liberal Democrat rally in favour of the Minister caught up in the party’s ‘sex harassment’ row. Lib Dem rising star Jo Swinson, the Women’s Minister, has been picked ahead of Business Secretary Mr Cable …

Nick Clegg has lost total credibility as Lib Dem party leader and as a man Mirror.co.uk In 2013 this shouldn’t be happening to any woman in any workplace. And if it does, those in charge need to stamp on it pronto. Because it cannot be the case that self-interested men like Clegg get the party guns out to protect the person accused of the ..

Nick Clegg said that Lord Rennard, left, resigned due to health reasons, but that allegations over inappropriate behaviour were ‘in the background’ PA/Getty Images

Lord Rennard scandal: Labour and Tories ‘should expect harassment claims … The Independent However, other women activists insisted that the allegations should not be dismissed lightly – and said females in other parties had experienced similar problems. Gisela Stuart, a former Labour minister, told BBC Radio 4 she stopped a Tory MP pestering…

Liberal Democrats peer’s ’10 victims of sex harassment’ Express.co.uk She also revealed that the women had been referred to as “Rennard’s red-hot babes” within the party. As the deepening scandal threatened to plunge the Lib Dems into crisis, Nick Clegg angrily accused reporters of acting like “self-appointed detectives …

Nick Clegg is under fire over his handling of the Lord Rennard case Metro A woman who has accused former Liberal Democrat chief executive Lord Rennard of sexual harassment has claimed as many as nine other women could have suffered similar experiences. The former Lib Dem county councillor – known only as Susan…

‘At least five Liberal Democrat women complained to police over Lord Rennard’ The Independent At least five Liberal Democrat women have contacted Scotland Yard in order to make complaints about Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard, it was claimed today. According to broadcaster Sky News “half a dozen” women had called a police hotline.

‘Several women’ contact police over sexual harassment allegations against Lord … Daily Mail A former Liberal Democrat activist is one of ‘several women’ believed to have called a police hotline about the party’s former chief executive Lord Rennard. University lecturer Alison Smith claims to have suffered an incident ‘more serious than having …

Paddy Ashdown: Lib Dems have been found wanting by Lord Rennard claims The Guardian The former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown has admitted his party is suffering the “excruciating” pain of being found wanting in its support for women’s rights. But he has also defended Nick Clegg’s handling of the crisis that has swept the party ..

Comment: The truth behind sex and the Liberal Democrats Politics.co.uk The study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), is based on in-depth interviews with 100 women, men and transgender migrants working in the London sex industry. BASC logo · BASC: Liberal Democrats recognise the importance of …

Clegg ‘ignored warning of second Lib Dem groper making unwanted sexual … Daily Mail Nick Clegg was warned a second senior Lib Dem figure had made unwanted sexual advances to women – but did nothing about it, it was claimed last night. The Deputy Prime Minister allegedly received a written complaint in March 2011 about the behaviour …

Nick Clegg grope claims u-turn The Sun NICK Clegg admitted yesterday that claims Lord Rennard molested women WERE a factor in him quitting as Lib Dem chief executive. He always insisted the peer, who denies the allegations, resigned for health reasons in 2009.

Alison Phillips column Nick Clegg too cowardly to reel in the Liberal … Mirror.co.uk Admittedly, Lord Rennard doesn’t look like the kind of fella who would get off on putting his hand up a woman’s skirt. But surely his nickname “The Human Octopus” and talk of “Rennard’s Red Hot Babes” must have filtered through to numpty Nick Clegg to ..

Nick Clegg reels as number of Lord Rennard’s alleged victims continues to rise The Sun The bombshell comes as former MP Sandra Gidley revealed she personally warned leader Nick Clegg about sordid allegations against the party bigwig. The ex Romsey backbencher raised fresh questions over Deputy PM Mr Clegg’s claims he was only ..

Nick Clegg: Back off and let us find truth on Rennard Evening Standard The woman said she had spoken to nine other activists with similar experiences and “many” had protested to the party. She said Equalities minister Jo Swinson had promised “she would get it dealt with”. Another alleged victim, Alison Smith, said Nick..

David Cameron fails to back Nick Clegg in Lord Rennard sex row Express.co.uk David Cameron fails to back Nick Clegg in Lord Rennard sex row. DAVID Cameron yesterday refused to back Nick Clegg’s handling of sex harassment allegations against top Lib Dem Lord Rennard.

David Cameron refuses to back Clegg’s handling of Rennard scandal Telegraph.co.uk David Cameron refuses to back Clegg’s handling of Rennard scandal. David Cameron has piled pressure on Nick Clegg by failing to say he has “confidence” in the way the Deputy Prime Minister has handled the Lord Rennard sex allegations. Lord Rennard: …

David Cameron’s ‘Sexist Public Toilets’ Slammed Huffington Post UK A town in David Cameron’s constituency is accused of having the most sexist public loos policy in Britain, forcing women to shell out 10p to spend a penny, whilst men urinate for free. A petition has been launched by the residents of Witney to end this …

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