People didn’t properly listen

There is no such thing as sexual harassment. That’s all a creepy clown narrative dreamed up by crazyass feminists. It does not ever happen.

Or does it. Maybe this Lord Rennard fella did some sexual harassing after all?

Clegg defended his failure to launch a full investigation in 2008, saying his office was told the women making the claims did not wish to take the matter forward but “just wanted the inappropriate behaviour from Lord Rennard to stop, and that is why he was confronted and a few months later he left”.

He said: “You can only launch investigations into allegations when they’ve been made … That is not something that happened as far as I am concerned until last Thursday [when Channel 4 ran the story].”

He added: “We acted … as we could with what we were told at the time. The women have been let down, there have been some very serious mistakes.”

There always are.

“But clearly something went seriously wrong in the organisation as a whole, that people were not talking to each other in the way that they should, and most importantly the people who matter the most are these women who, I can only imagine the anguish, that you’ve been intimidated and bullied and threatened in the way that they say they were and that you then feel that no one, who should be looking after you, should be looking after your interests, should be protecting your dignity and respect, that people didn’t properly listen.”

They never do. They throw the women under the bus for the sake of their relationship with that important dude, because that’s what matters.

The Guardian has more background on neanderthal leering and unwanted advances at Westminster.

One cabinet minister in the last Labour government chased a woman round a sofa in his office in an unsuccessful attempt to kiss her. A married peer has a habit of chatting to young women in the hotel bar during his party’s annual conference. He will then announce that he is going up to his room and will invite the woman to join him after a suitable interlude.

Another parliamentarian opens lunches with women by commenting in some detail on their clothing. He has a habit of leering at his lunch guests as he comments on their clothes. One MP asked a young woman whether she was working at Westminster to get a sexual thrill.

One woman who has experienced sexism at Westminster said that men who behave inappropriately were not guilty of innocent mistakes. “It is power. They know they have embarrassed you when they make a sordid lurch and try to kiss you. Women journalists can scream at these dreadful men. But it is much more difficult for women hoping to become MPs who work for the parties.”

Strident shrill radical feminist with her creepy clown narrative. Of course it’s not power. It’s the man’s penis getting the better of him, which he totally can’t help.

As the allegations about the Lib Dem Lord Rennard focused attention on sexism at Westminster, the Fawcett Society, which campaigns for women’s rights, accused parliament of failing to act on a groundbreaking report into increasing representation at Westminster among women and minority groups.

“For too long, parliament has operated according to antiquated rules that go against the grain of modern life,” the Fawcett Society chief executive, Ceri Goddard, said, adding that MPs should implement the “seminal” Speaker’s conference report of 2010.

Goddard added:  “It’s 2013, parliament urgently needs to get up to date. That means a House of Commons that looks a lot more like the rest of the country, and a political culture where parents and others with responsibilities outside of Westminster don’t find themselves excluded from the political system.

“The seminal Speaker’s Conference Report 2010…had cross party support and looked at why British politics isn’t more reflective of wider society, and called on parties to clarify their policies on parental leave; do far more to encourage those outside of the ‘usual suspects’ to get involved, and generally work together to ensure parliament is more in tune with modern, 21st century working practices – and attitudes.”

Or, they could just tell each other that being an MP is more of a guy thing, and keep on encouraging the usual suspects.



  1. Matt Penfold says

    I am reminded of the excuses DJ Groethe came out with, with explaining why reports of harassment were not properly recorded at TAM. It was also because they had not been reported to the proper person in the proper way.

  2. says

    Heh. Yes, so am I. It’s all drearily familiar, and for similar reasons. The women are worth less (partly because they’ve been denied some opportunities to become worth more) so it’s ok to sacrifice them.

  3. Dunc says

    Former UK ambassador Craig Murray: “I have known of allegations of sexual pestering against Chris Rennard for at least five years, and I find it impossible to believe Nick Clegg has not known for longer.”

  4. jenniferphillips says

    Political expediency isn’t the most noble motivation for acknowledging systemic sexism I’ve ever heard, but I’ll take it, I guess.

    As a side note, Google search for ‘creepy clown narrative’ is wryly amusing.

  5. says

    One MP asked a young woman whether she was working at Westminster to get a sexual thrill.

    Of course they do — all that Gothic architecture makes them feel they’re in one of those cheezy BDSM erotica movies that keep on re-using the same Gothic-dungeon sets and backdrops. It’s their guilty secret, and that MP just spilled the beans.

    Or maybe it was the MP who was watching too many BDSM films with Gothic sets…

  6. says

    Ah yes, I was going to do that Google search and then didn’t get to it. Wryly amusing indeed. I wasn’t sure it was quite that narrowly focused; good to have it confirmed. Thanks, A Voice for Men!

  7. says

    Delurking to say I wish people would lay off the Neanderthals.

    It’s impossible to find a good time to say this. My objection is with the way the word “Neanderthal” is used as a synonym for “awful, sexist male behaviour”, and this usage tends to appear in articles or blog posts that are making otherwise excellent and important points about some manifestation of misogyny or patriarchy.

    I wish people would consider they’re talking about human beings; they’re talking about people. How long ago does a population have to have died out before it becomes acceptable to use comparisons to them as a form of insult?

    Apologies for the derail. As ever, the thrust of the post was spot on.

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