This Thursday April 14th, following on from the third National Day of Protest against Benefit Cuts, please join us for an evening of protest against gender inequalities which keep women out of positions of power, allow employers to pay them far less than men, and treat them like sexual objects rather than full human beings.
What’s the problem?
Only 12 of the 500 largest companies in the world are run by women. There is a 55% pay gap between men and women in the finance industry. Women will be disproportionately effected by the spending cuts here and in other countries.
And yet in the City of London, where many of the richest and most powerful people in the country do business, sexism remains rife. A macho-bullshit culture has emerged where women are often side-lined in the office and passed over for promotion. And for entertainment, scores of city workers head to strip clubs which degrade and objectify women. This practice is part of a structure of oppression that glamorises exploitation and hinders progress towards gender equality.
Why protest now?
A wave of public protest has arisen recently, here in the UK and around the world. The student protests, the TUC march, individual actions by groups such as UK Uncut and the Armchair Army have shown that people are engaged and passionate about bettering the society that they live in.
Notably, women have been prominent in many recent protest actions. The strength and determination of women around the world inspires us and strengths our convictions. We want to continue the fight against misogyny and oppression by raising awareness of the inequalities which still exist within our society.
What can we do?
This Thursday evening, we can band together to protest against this symbol of the blatant sexism of city-boy culture. We can bring enthusiastic dissenting voices to people who think that women exist only for their sexual pleasure.
In London, we are planning a peaceful, thought-provoking protest
at a series of strip clubs with banners, singing and a clear message: women are people too, and should be treated with respect.
We’ll be meeting at 7pm on April 14th outside Holborn tube
to stage a mobile protest around Soho’s strip clubs. We’d like to keep this as a female-lead action, but men are of course welcome too.
We hope to see you there. Solidarity forever!
Concerns have been raised that this will negatively impact on the women who work in the clubs, and be seen as anti-sex worker. This is not our intention at all, and we will be changing the focus of our protest accordingly.
We will be meeting at the same time and place, but we will be marching down to the City to confront those who perpetuate unequal pay directly. Let’s tell the companies what we think of their sexism!
Apologies for any offence caused to our sisters. We should have been more considerate, and we’ll remember that in the future.
(Guest post by Georgie: activist, feminist, academic and geek.)