A last-minute meeting with the Scottish Government to express our concerns about proposed GRA reform was a pointless exercise.
@Glesga_keelie is one of our regular contributors and was moved to write on misogyny and the betrayal of trust between men and women, which we thought worth sharing with our Sole Sisters audience
There is a depressing and concerning article in today’s Guardian.
Reading it this morning plunged me into a sense of genuine despair and fuelled an acute anxiety that I cannot shake.
The story reveals the existence of a database on to which ordinary men – husbands, boyfriends, fathers, sons – share and swap intimate (nude or otherwise) images of women in their lives (past or present) with other men.
Like Panini stickers for the porn generation.
Called AnonIB, the database has now gone behind a paywall so any unsuspecting woman will have to pay to find out if the man she loved has posted pictures of her for other men to… well, what do you think they’re doing with those images?
A dehumanising way to behave
There’s a deep sickness about so much modern culture. At its centre – as always – is how (some) men behave towards women…
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My message to the Scottish Government is that we are no longer accepting your failure to engage with our VALID concerns. We will not succumb to the bullying of your fly lords. We will be heard!
The sex industry is about control and people having what they want, regardless of the needs and wants of others. Supporting people into entering the “oldest profession” is simply enabling harm against them. Those being harmed are predominantly women.
Whoever you are as a lesbian, you have the right to be yourself, to claim your place as a woman who rejects male bodies and male attention, to assert your boundaries as a same-sex attracted women.
It is a privilege to be a mother, and celebrating that does not diminish anyone else's experience. The Scottish Government has no right to belittle one of humanity's most important roles.
We believe the key to building public support for opposition to GRA reform in its current form is by taking the arguments off social media and out into real life. Our stall in Ayr proved us right.
I left absolutely buzzing and so glad I had made the effort to come. Standing with all those women who won’t wheesht was a fantastic experience.
In powerful verse, how women are using their voices in ever more inventive ways to tackle the oldest struggle of all - to win and retain our rights
I was at the demonstration outside the Scottish Parliament because I am deeply worried about the erosion of women's rights. It really is that simple.