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  •  OMG (11+ / 0-)

    The parliament bar had been kept open all night, and the session had something of a "slumber party" atmosphere.

    And that douchebag couldn't resist his impulses to just grab the nearest woman.

    And this is just what the feel entitled to do, spontaneously, in public. It's easy to imagine what Irish women in parliament, both MPs and their female staff, must put up with a lot more in private, unwanted hugs, grabs, comments, "bedroom looks."

    "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

    by LilithGardener on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 10:58:19 AM PDT

    •  Why #LapGate matters (14+ / 0-)
      While Barry has since been reprimanded by Fine Gael’s general secretary, Enda Kenny’s lily-livered response to the matter confirms that such behaviour is generally acceptable. While willing to expel people from the party for voting against legislation, he’s happy to let this kind of offensive behaviour pass by. Sure it’ll blow over. Sure they were only having a laugh. At work. With the country watching. The inappropriateness of Barry’s actions is magnified considering what was actually happening in the chamber – a vote on something that is hugely significant for women’s rights, and a step in the direction of Irish women finally having control over our own bodies. Barry’s actions were humiliating not just to Collins, but to women everywhere. Is that how male politicians view women? As playthings they can grope anytime they want? Is the sexism and sense of permission that ends in such behaviour something we should put up with? Something without consequences? Hell no. Barry should be ashamed of himself, because we are. He says he’s “mortified”, but would he be so mortified if he wasn’t caught?
      http://www.irishtimes.com/...
      •  With the whole world watching (13+ / 0-)

        and recorded for posterity.

        And over here we have female state Reps in WI get sanctioned for vigorously arguing against the religious nature of abortion restriction legislation, just because the used the word Vagina in an effective emphatic closing sentence.

        And then down in TX we have male speaker of the house ignoring his female colleague in a late night race to midnight to force a bill through that attempts to force women to bear children against their will.

        "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

        by LilithGardener on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 11:13:04 AM PDT

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        •  you seem to ignore (0+ / 0-)

          that the measure at hand is not controversial in Ireland, supported by all major parties and widely considered codification of already valid law of the land due to supreme court judication.

          So a somewhat amenable atmosphere should be no surprise.

          •  Meanwhile here--Texas confiscates (1+ / 0-)
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            tampons and maxi pads at the state capital while referring to female voters as an unruly mob--and then there is this.

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          •  The atmosphere in the house is (0+ / 0-)

            not the issue - it's that entitlement of men to do whatever they want. In Ireland's case the issue is that during a late night session to work, they keep the bar open all night and a male MP has no inhibition over his compulsion to humiliate his female colleague by grabbing her in public and pulling her onto his lap. That's sexual assault. On the floor of the legislature. While in session. Working late into the night presumably because the work was so urgent. While keeping the parliament bar open all night.

            The connection is that men in parliament feel entitled to humiliate women whenever they want to.

            And in TX the GOP feels entitled to pass legislation and humiliate women whenever they want to. They confiscated tampons and pads from women going into the TX state house. That has clearly two purposes - humiliate a lot of women when you rifle through their purse, and to make sure women who are menstruating can't stay as long as they might want to stay.

            "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

            by LilithGardener on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 09:34:26 AM PDT

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