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Owen Jones On The Misogyny Of Mark Field – Yes, But When Did We Know?

Owen Jones tells us that Mark Field is simply the misogyny of society writ small upon the stage:

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]But this whole incident is a chilling reminder of the intersection of misogyny, Trumpian contempt for dissent and class privilege that blights our society, and which has been exacerbated by a Tory government increasingly under the spell of rightwing populism.[/perfectpullquote]

Could be I suppose.

Now, at which point did we know this was some random bint whining about climate change, not some random bint with a knife who wished to do physical harm?

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] The murder of the 53-year-old liberal mayor of Gdansk, Pawel Adamowicz, has left Poland in shock – and it has raised questions about its deeply divided society and at times toxic political debate. Some of that shock comes from the fact the attack was filmed. The footage shows a man running on stage and stabbing Adamowicz as he attended a concert for Poland’s largest annual charity event, which raises money for hospital equipment to treat children. The assailant paces back and forth, arms aloft like a victorious boxer, still holding the 15cm (six-inch) knife. [/perfectpullquote]

It does happen:

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] The most acrimonious and unpredictable presidential election campaign in Brazil’s recent history has plummeted into fresh turmoil after a leading candidate was stabbed while campaigning. Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right lawmaker and retired army officer, was recovering from surgery in a hospital in São Paulo on Friday morning after he was transferred from the town of Juiz de Fora, where he was stabbed during a campaign event the previous afternoon. The suspect was arrested within moments of the attack, and told police that he was “on a mission from God”. Doctors said Bolsonaro will spend at least a week in hospital and could take weeks to recover from life-threatening injuries. [/perfectpullquote]

This is before we talk about guns and Jo Cox:

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]German mayoral candidate Henriette Reker stabbed in neck by man ‘shouting about refugees’ in Cologne
The 58-year-old was attacked as she campaigned at a market in Cologne ahead of Sunday’s planned elections[/perfectpullquote]

So, what is the moment that we know this is grandstanding, not incipient violence?

And I do assume, perhaps wrongly, that we all agree that if it were incipient violence then a bit of grabbing and pushing off stage is justified?

There is also the point that if random bints are to be allowed to protest anywhere they wish then there’s not actually much courage nor risk to so protesting, is there? It’s exactly that something might happen to the protestor which makes the protest powerful, isn’t it? Emily Davison’s power doesn’t come from being missed by the horse now, does it?

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Quentin Vole
Quentin Vole
5 years ago

I’m happy to defend the right of anyone to ‘protest’ about whatever bee happens to be in their bonnet this week, But if your protest deliberately involves disrupting the lives of others or private events, I expect law enforcement to put a stop to it using the minimum force necessary. If the protesters are prepared to accept those consequences, they should go for it.

Jonathan Harston
Jonathan Harston
5 years ago

Women must be treated exactly the same as men!!!! Except when they mustn’t!!!!

5 years ago

Ah yes, a bloke grabbing a woman has a massive relevance and meaning far beyond a bloke grabbing a woman. Would never have happened if not for Trump/Tories/Brexit/populism.

Just tedious nonsense.

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