In an article for the i newspaper, TCW’s co-editor Laura Perrins reacted to the recent report about sexism in Parliament:
How unfortunate it was for Sarah Childs, professor of politics and gender at the University of Bristol, to have her report into sexism in Parliament published the day after Theresa May’s first PMQs.
The report makes 43 recommendations, one of which includes that Prime Minister’s Questions be heard in “near silence”.
Professor Childs believes that the occasion has become too “rowdy” and “gladiatorial” and was “frequently regarded as “the epitome of the masculinised style of the House of Commons.”
Implicit in this statement is the very sexist idea that women, the little ladies, are dainty wallflowers who just cannot handle the tough adversarial style that is PMQs.
TCW readers can see the rest of Laura’s article at this link.
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