feminist news round-up 13.01.13
Kayser says sexist tweet was #honestmistake
Lingerie brand Kayser has apologiesd for a tweet that has been branded sexist and misogynistic on the Twittersphere for suggesting victims were to blame for rape. The original tweet read: ‘If a guy invites you over to watch a movie, you should know what they’re expecting.’ The brand’s social media manager said the tweet ‘came across mistakenly’ and actually meant that ‘if a guy invites you over for a movie it just means he likes you.’ Not everyone is convinced, however. Are you?
Saudi King appoints women to top jobs for the first time
Saudi King Abdullah has appointed women to a top advisory body for the first time; a decision that will see 30 women sitting on the previously all-male 150-seat Shura Council. However under strict guidelines the 30 chosen women, which include university graduates, human rights activists and two princesses, will be segregated from their male colleagues inside the council – they will enter through a separate door and be seated in a special area to ensure they don’t “mix”.
Italian Premier blames ‘feminist, communist’ judges for $260K divorce settlement
Italy’s ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi has blamed ‘feminist, communist’ magistrates over a divorce settlement he says will cost him $260K per day. ‘These are three women judges, feminists and communists, OK? These are the Milan judges who have persecuted me since 1994,’ he said of the judges presiding over his divorce from his second wife, Veronica Lario. Milan court officials have since defended the impartiality of their judges.
UK shadow health minister says feminism to blame for family breakdown
The UK’s shadow public health minister Diane Abbott said feminism, particularly the 1980’s women’s rights movement which caused many to see the family as the place where women were kept down, is partly to blame for family breakdown and, subsequently, problems like alcoholism and obesity. ‘As a feminist, perhaps we have been ambivalent about families,’ she said, adding that a stable family structure is ‘vital’ and is ‘what most people want around them’. What do you think, Lipsters?