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Sexism & Rape Culture

Beyonce’s trivialising of violence against women; Should be the last word in ridiculing her ‘Feminist Icon’ status

By Olivia O’Neill On December 13th 2013, singer Beyonce  Knowles  released  a  surprise  self-titled ‘visual’ album.  The promotional lead of the album was a song and video entitled ‘Drunk in love’  which  depicts Beyonce  on the beach singing about her sex-life with husband Jay-Z.  At first the video seems nothing  out – of -the  ordinary  for  Beyonce/ Jay Z or any mainstream pop/hip-hop/ r’n’b artist, however, towards the end of the song  Jay Z adds a cameo  verse  that contains the astonishing lines; “I am Ike Turner, Turn up Baby know I don’t play. Now …

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Gender quotas for company directors: A step to genuine equality?

On Tuesday the European Parliament endorsed a proposal from the European Commission to introduce a quota of at least 40% for each gender among non-executive directors in major European companies that are listed on stock markets. Should it be approved by the governments of EU member states the quota will fully come into effect from 2020.The fact that only a tiny proportion of the members of boards and senior management of major companies are women is a symptom of the systematic oppression and discrimination that women face under capitalism. The Commission and the EU establishment …

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No more “slut-shaming” & sexism

The only way the horrific so-called “slut-shaming” that the young woman at the centre of the #Slanegirl incident can be understood, is as a product of the proliferation of sexist objectification of women and the commodification of women’s bodies pushed by corporations and the mass media in the recent period. In the light of the warped and sometimes hateful portrayal of women and women’s sexuality that capitalism has promoted in various guises throughout its history. This young person was the victim of nothing less than vile sexist abuse and bullying on social media sites, and …

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Rape Culture & Capitalism

Slutwalk

According to a report commissioned by the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre in 2002, 42% of women have experienced some form of sexual abuse in their lifetime. Despite this epidemic level of violence only 7.8% of women reported these experiences to Gardaí. This is even more horrifying when we consider that only 7% of reported rapes end in a conviction. Thisarises in the context of what has been deemed “rape culture”, a culture that trivialises rape and seeks to make survivors of sexual abuse responsible for the crimes perpetrated against them by questioning their mode of dressing, …

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Rape is no joke

The Socialist Party of England and Wales has launched a campaign called “Rape Is Not a Joke” with the aim of tackling the prevalence of jokes about sexual assault in comedy. While on the surface this might not seem like a pressing issue, the fact is that by incorporating this sort of “humour” into their routines, comedians like Daniel Tosh and Jimmy Carr are contributing to the trivialisation of rape in our society. This is in the context of increasing attacks on women by politicians. Tory Justice Minister, Kenneth Clarke, suggested some types of rape …

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