We’re going to have to devise a new word to describe people like Jess Phillips; the ones we have aren’t adequate.
The word This Writer used to describe her, last year, certainly comes nowhere near summing up the sexist – misandrist, in fact – stubborn illogic of her pronouncements.
I’ll be interested to see if the Labour Party responds to her claim that women are “entirely missing” from the party’s industrial strategy, but I don’t see that as any reason to denounce every single man who has left-wing leanings.
Nor do I see that she has much of a point in using some leftie Graun hack (and isn’t that a contradiction in terms these days? A leftie working for the Guardian?) and his (presumably his and not her) comments about Harriet Harman to support her.
Saying Jeremy Corbyn had “always voted the right way” can’t be used to say this person was suggesting he was better for women than Harriet Harman. That’s a non sequitur – the one statement does not follow on from the other.
And using sarcasm to attack Jeremy Corbyn is meaningless. What’s his record, and does it corroborate what Ms Phillips said? I doubt it (see tweet below).
The Times report that she said left-wing men pay lip-service to equality until it threatens their position, and never consider that women have changed the world, suggests that she thinks she knows what every left-wing man thinks. She doesn’t. She can’t.
If she said it, she’s a sexist and really doesn’t belong in the Labour Party. There is no room for that kind of prejudice in a modern political organisation.
Perhaps we should give her a new nickname: ‘Generalising Jess’. Look at these words, quoted from her appearance at the Edinburgh Festival: “Men said they supported better female representation but, when it came to losing their own jobs, they would say, ‘Oh, you mean me? But I am so clever. I’ve got so much to offer the world’. They are literally the worst.”
“Men said.” Not some men. Not these men. Men.
And any men who try to defend our gender against her tirade will be told they “want it to puff out their own chests”.
That is really annoying.
But then, This Writer is a left-wing man so you had all better disregard anything I have to say on the subject. Right, Jess?
Perhaps you would prefer to pay attention to women instead? Here are just some of them:
I can't tell Jess Phillips what I think of her opinion of lefty men because I'm one of the many, many, many, many lefty women she's blocked.
— Rachel (@racybearhold) August 15, 2017
If you're a woman on the left don't bother trying to debate Jess Phillips on Twitter. She'll have you muted. Only her woman's voice counts
— Mrs Gee (@earthygirl01) August 14, 2017
I do not wish to be associated with Jess Phillips as a woman or an MP. I find her constantly being offensive! https://t.co/K4m3KqM92K
— Ann Weatherly-Barton (@xpressanny) August 14, 2017
BREAKING NEWS – Not
Blocked by Jess Phillips
Ha! just been reminded that I posted an inoffensive comment to her in – WAIT for it – May2016
— Clare Hepworth OBE (@Hepworthclare) August 14, 2017
Funny, I remember Jeremy, Tony Benn & left MPs were ones supporting Labour women's demands for equality in party decades ago. Others opposed https://t.co/hClN49Q3tJ
— Jayne Fisher (@JayneBFisher) August 14, 2017
Every time Jess Phillips speaks all I hear is 'wah wah wah Jeremy didn't promote me'. I would sizably bet on it not being for your gender #?
— Danielle Scale (@dscale) August 15, 2017
Anybody else noticed it is left leaning WOMEN that Jess Phillips blocks? Not interested in our voices because it fucks with her victimhood
— RiseLikeLions (@openjools) August 15, 2017
I’m not sure if this person is female or not but they make an important point:
"Jess Phillips" Claiming left wing men more sexist & she's right
I remember them mocking @HackneyAbbott on TV
That was Jess Phillips
— mellow elephant (@mellow_elephant) August 14, 2017
Perhaps my favourite tweet on this subject comes from – would you believe it? – Jess Phillips. It was posted on August 14:
So tonight I'll be testing the Labour Party zero tolerance of sexism rule.
— Jess Phillips (@jessphillips) August 14, 2017
And in fact, she was right. Will she be suspended and disciplined for her blatant sexism? If not, then the Labour Party clearly doesn’t have zero tolerance for sexism.
Jess Phillips has criticised the behaviour of left-wing men as the “absolute worst”.
The Birmingham Yardley MP spoke out at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and said women were “entirely missing” from Labour’s industrial strategy.
The backbencher also said that a leading left-wing journalist from The Guardian, who she would not name, had “lectured” her saying that ex-deputy leader Harriet Harman was “not that great for women” despite her role as a pioneer for all-women shortlists in party selections, as well as in equality legislation.
This figure had apparently added that Jeremy Corbyn had “always voted the right way”.
“So yeah, Jeremy Corbyn better for women than Harriet Harman, obviously. I remember him in all those meetings, there with his banners for [equality],” Phillips added.
Phillips told the festival that while left-wing men wanted to see equality “they don’t think of you on the same level”, The Times reported.
“When they close their eyes at night and think of amazing people who have changed the world, it’s always some white dude that pops into their head,” she explained.
Phillips was asked whether the “out and out sexists of the right” were worse than those “well-meaning” on the left, replying: “They [the left-wing men] are the worst, the actual worst. Men said they supported better female representation but, when it came to losing their own jobs, they would say, ‘Oh, you mean me? But I am so clever. I’ve got so much to offer the world’. They are literally the worst.”
She added later that this she feels “so cross about this”.
“Men who want to own your equality and the things you fought for are absolutely fine if they want you to own it as well but when they want it to puff out their own chests, that is really, really, really annoying,” she continued.
She was critical of Labour policy, saying that women are “entirely missing” from the proposed industrial strategy, as it is all about “men with shovels”.
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