Halloween always has been and always will be many peoples’ favourite holiday – dressing up, freaking yourself out with ridiculous horror films and eating a shit ton of sweets. Unfortunately, as the years go by, it’s becoming more and more prevalent that women are expected to wear skimpy costumes when they dress up, à la Mean Girls. We all remember the scene when Cady arrives at the Halloween party dressed as a zombie bride, only to find her friends wearing little more than enough to cover their goods.
The fact is, not all women want to parade around with their wobbly bits out in the freezing cold winter weather. We live in Britain, not the Bahamas. Yet when typing “Halloween Costumes” into Google, we know exactly what we’re going to find. I click on the first link to a website I see, and from there I click “Devil Costumes”.
The first image that comes up is pretty standard; a man wearing a red shirt, made of some kind of foam and sculpted into Hulk-like muscles. Manly as fuck. He’s wearing a creepy looking mask and carrying a big scary pitchfork; overall, nothing out of the ordinary. The next image is a female version of the same costume. She’s wearing a skimpy red dress, cutesy little horns and is holding a teeny little pitchfork that you’d struggle to poke someone’s eye out with. What if you want to look manly and scary? Nobody wants to feel the wind around their belly button thankyouverymuch.
Spot the Difference anyone? Here’s an easy one.
This Tuesday the secretary of the Glasgow University Young Conservatives, Ruaridh Frize was forced to resign from his position and expelled from the Conservative party over comments posted on his controversial blog On The Right Track UK.
Though the article, originally published several weeks ago (and indeed the entire blog) were first limited to invite only and then later removed entirely, several readers took screenshots of the blog which began to circulate on social networks. In the most recent article, entitled “Why are feminists obsessed with exploiting rape?” Frize suggested that “…feminists could not care less about victims of rape; they’d gladly wheel her to the nearest abortion clinic, shove her in an ‘I Don’t Regret My Abortion T-Shirt’, take a picture for their website and then kick her to the curb”, compared students in state schools to wild animals and suggested that the “typical feminist isolation from men is very rarely through personal choice”, eliciting a string of outraged responses from commentators.
Qmunicate’s initial enquiry to GUYC requesting they confirm Frize’s position within their organisation and comment on whether such views were widely prevalent within the Conservative Party received a brusque redirection to Michael Tait, the Scottish Conservative Party’s media director, who later informed qmunicate that Frize had been expelled by the party.
When presented with quotes from the article by qmunicate Ruth Davidson MSP, leader of the Scottish Conservative Party and Honorary President of Glasgow University Young Conservatives, said that such comments were “completely unacceptable” and “in no way representative of the Scottish Conservative Party”. A Conservative spokesperson also went on record as saying the Scottish Conservatives “did not wish to be associated with these deeply offensive comments”.
Qmunicate also contacted SRC Gender Equality Officer, Clopin Meehan for comment on the situation but received no response.
Mr Frize has since privately contacted qmunicate in order to issue an apology.
I’m a white male, age 18 to 49. Everyone listens to me, no matter how dumb my suggestions are – Homer Simpson
Personally, I could not be more privileged. I am a straight white male. If you want to discriminate against me, you’re gonna have to start calling me specky. I am in a good position when it comes to physical traits that cannot be changed. This doesn’t mean that I, or anyone else in my position, or anyone who is in the exact opposite of my position, cannot identify as a feminist. Sure, women have the vote. Yeah, they are allowed to show their ankles now without being labelled too much of a harlot. I can’t, however, think of a year that has passed where feminism has not been necessary; where some sort of activism has not been needed to show that women are still treated poorly, or that women are dictated to about their issues by men, or that they are somehow blamed for things that happen to them.
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I discovered a dirty word over summer. A word that’s seemingly so offensive that it’s thus far gotten me into more trouble than the time when I asked, “Mummy, what’s a cu-“ at the age of 8. The word in question? Feminist.
I’ll be honest. I’d been a closet feminist for some time before eventually joining writer Caitlin Moran’s army of strident feminists. I enjoy having the vote and “control over my vagina”. But I also know that there are other issues that need discussing: equal pay, abortion, the way society treats lesbians, how we react towards rape victims – hell, the way my fellow feminists are portrayed. We can’t leave it to Lady GaGa and her questionable sexuality to promote our views. Continue reading