I have been contributing a blog post to International Women’s Day at Reuters for a few years now. It has grown over time, and now has quite a vast array of women writing from all over the world about sexism and oppression. Very cool.
This year included a post from Annie Lennox, a longer version of which (contributions are supposed to be kept to 500 words) was also published by the DomPo on 8th March. Kinda bizarre given the thriving feminist blogosphere in Aotearoa that the DomPo cannot find any local feminists to write for them, on this day or any other for that matter.
Ms Lennox mentioned setting up We Are Equals? as a response to International Women’s Day and inequality. She has pulled together an array of charities, mostly UK based, and they are also responsible for the dubious pleasure of seeing 007 in a dress:
Not sure I like this – I’m more interested, I think, in hearing men talk about ending sexist oppression – but appreciate the gesture from Daniel Craig. Makes a nice change from previous Bond behaviour. Actually, perhaps that was why Daniel Craig was stopped from speaking – who can forget Sean Connery on violence against women:
Just months after the alleged attack on his wife – which Connery has always denied – he sparked controversy when he told Playboy magazine: ‘I don’t think there is anything particularly wrong about hitting a woman – although I don’t recommend doing it in the same way that you’d hit a man.
‘An open-handed slap is justified, if all other alternatives fail and there has been plenty of warning. If a woman is a bitch, or hysterical, or bloody-minded continually, then I’d do it.’
In a 1993 interview with Vanity Fair, he said: ‘There are women who take it to the wire. That’s what they are looking for, the ultimate confrontation. They want a smack.’