Women MPs ‘face sexist gestures’ in the Commons [BBC News]

Sexism there is in British politics, but it’s by and large less overt (than the US)

So while David Cameron pays lip service to getting more women in the government, for example, he hasn’t – despite promotions for women at the last reshuffle – succeeded in what he said he set out to do.

He promised a third of Tory government ministers would be women by the election. I’ll burn my bra if that turns out to be the case, no matter how honourable the Prime Minister’s intentions.

And while women in UK politics still struggle to climb the greasy pole, it’s apparently even more of a battle to get a foot in the Westminster door in the first place.

Recent selection battles for safe seats have seen men triumph – although in Wealden this week, a woman, Nusrat Ghani, did indeed emerge the victor.

That’s not before time, especially as three of the 2010 female intake have either gone already or announced they’re standing down.

So although we should count ourselves lucky that Mr Bloom was shown the exit, if you’re a woman in Westminster there are still plenty of doors slamming shut, or at least resisting a few persistent pushes.

And behind the scenes, a thousand Blooms continue to be allowed to flower, even if they’re a bit more careful than him about parading their sexism in public.

And there’s the rub. Because while flagrant sexism of the KFC Hillary kind unites most sane people in condemnation, the more subtle, private sort of discrimination can be just as insidious, but a less straight-forward standard to rally folk around. And it’s certainly far trickier to turn into a YouTube video.

See : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-politics/10500921/Sexism-in-British-politics-is-too-subtle-to-make-a-great-YouTube-video.html

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