Jeremy Corbyn, Feminism & The Problem with the British Press

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A small, tiny part of me thinks that I should not be writing this; I have not conducted an in depth analysis into Jeremey Corbyn’s policies. I have not studied the predictions given by economists; nor have I looked into Corbyn’s past political career. Then the other part of me thinks; oh well. After all, everyone’s allowed an opinion on politics.

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, or read this post in particular, you may have realised I’m a feminist. I want equal pay, equal opportunities and more women in top jobs to balance things out a bit. However as a feminist I’m not deeply offended at Jeremy Corbyn’s newly appointed shadow cabinet.

I know, the horror.

“But all the top jobs are given to men!” The  media cries. And yes, to be honest it would be nice to see more women at the top; but we cannot ignore that for the first time in my memory at least, a cabinet has been made up mainly of women. With women boasting 16 positions to the 15 men appointed, surely this is something to celebrate. It may not be a gigantic, long jump into equality but it is definitely a few steps on the right path.

As an avid follow of various news channels, this line of attack on Jeremy Corbyn confused me somewhat. When David Cameron decided in his reshuffle that he would appoint Nicky Morgan as minister for women – but hold on, she’d actually report to a man; it was not the main headline of the day. When a few people pointed out that having to report to a man on all issues, practically made her position pointless (if all things must be reported to him, why couldn’t he just do it himself?) David Cameron rectified the situation by clearing up the confusion… its ok, she wouldn’t report to him. She’d report to a different man. Panic over.

Similarly news segments or investigations into the lack of equal pay (despite the latest legislation calling for equality being a whopping 5 years old) seem to be very few and far between. There may be a quick note on the lack of women partaking in sports, but on the whole, that’s it.

And that is why I don’t like the British Press at the moment. Feminism. Equality. These are words that symbolise a desire to change, a passion to give due to those deserving regardless of happens to be between the person’s legs. A need for women’s concerns and issues to be acknowledge.

They are not words to band about when you have no other insults left. Do not call out the lack of women because you have nothing left to say, do it because of a genuine wish to see women fill the top roles. When TV presenters, writers and politicians pick up words and discard them just as easily as yesterday’s scripts, they cheapen them – an ideology is a way of life, a representation of beliefs. To disregard it so quickly, once the storm over Corbyn dies away sends the wrong message.

Equality for women is not an idea to be used as a weapon when all else fails. Equality for women is not to be disregarded when a new angle of attack comes along. Equality is long walk to a better society.

 

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2 Comments

  1. September 14, 2015 / 10:33 pm

    I think Angela Eagle and other women will do well from this: there are years to go and many reshuffles in the future.

    • September 16, 2015 / 9:06 pm

      Yes, it’ll be interesting to see how it all pans out, and how his style/views affect the political landscape.

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