I’ve been thinking about misogyny i.e. hatred of women. Some time ago a police force in England announced that it was considering treating acts of misogyny like other hate-crimes of minority groups. This means that all incidents are logged even if no actual crime can be said to have taken place (e.g. swearing at someone can be an offence in a public place but not in a private home). There are enhanced punishments for those convicted of a hate-crime. Women may not be a minority group but they are certainly targeted in various ways, from wolf whistles in the street to rape and murder, simply for being women. This is the indicator of a hate-crime.
Many men would no doubt say that they do not hate women and the whistles and comments and groping are signs that they are actually attracted to the object of their attention. That is not the point. That sort of behaviour shows that they hate the idea of a woman as an independent, thinking person with the same rights as themselves. The case of Trump (I hope that he will soon be forgotten and we don’t have to keep using him as an example) shows this. Treating any women as a plaything and bragging about it in “the locker-room” or the saloon bar or wherever to other blokes reveals the true misogynist nature of the man.
Of course whenever this kind of crime comes up we are reminded of George Orwell’s thoughtcrime. Is it wrong to think of women in this way? Well, I don’t think people should be prosecuted for their thoughts but I do think it shows that we have a long way to go to educate men and boys that women and girls have the right not to be the object of their attention whether verbal, manual or sexual, at least until they have consented. Education does not mean brain-washing, it means explaining and developing an understanding. It is disappointing if some men still show their misogyny in the way that they talk to other men but it is their actions towards women that should be punished.
A final thought. Some feminists refuse to accept transwomen as women or allies in the fight against misogyny. I think that though wrong they have some reason for their actions. There are some transvestites (not, I think transsexuals) who reinforce outdated stereotypes of women and think that by dressing as women they can act like the fluffy-headed dolls that they perceive women to be. As someone who feels that I reside somewhere in the middle of the male-female spectrum that attitude appalls me as much as it would any woman.
Following the end of the Jasmine Frame story, Perspective, last week I’m taking a rest this week. There have now been ten novellas and three novels which are listed below in chronological order
Discovering Jasmine 2000 novella e-book James ventures out as Jasmine
Murder in Doubt 2001 novella e-book James meets Angela at university (formerly Soft Focus)
Aberration 2004 novella unpublished James living with Angela after uni.
Flashlight 2009 novella unpublished PC Frame seconded to V&SCU
Resolution 2009 novella unpublished sequel to Flashlight
Blueprint 2009 novella unpublished James reveals Jasmine to Tom
Self-portrait 2010 novella unpublished Jasmine starts transition
Close-up 2010 novella unpublished starting hormone treatment
Split Mirror 2011 novella unpublished moves to flat, alone.
Perspective 2011 novella unpublished resigns from police force
Painted Ladies 2012 novel e-book/pbk called in to catch serial killer
Bodies By Design 2012 novel e-book/pbk assisting Sloane to trace killer
Brides’ Club Murder 2012 novel unpublished solving a country house murder.