Thursday, September 17, 2015

UK: Must not deviate from feminist gospel

Loose Women could face an Ofcom probe after viewers complained about a poll that asked whether women were ever to blame for being raped.

The regulator said it was still making a decision on whether to pursue with an investigation after it received 73 complaints about the September 1 episode of the TV panel show.

The survey was posted online before a discussion on comments made by rocker Chrissie Hynde, who provoked fierce debate by claiming it was her own fault she was sexually assaulted at 21.

The mother-of-two sparked a backlash when she said she took ‘full responsibility’ for being the victim of a sex attack by a biker gang in the US while high on the sedative Quaalude.

The Loose Women official Twitter account posted: 'POLL: After Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde's comments- we're asking is it ever a woman's fault if she is raped?' More than 87 per cent said 'no'.

In a discussion on the topic, panellists Ruth Langsford, June Sarpong, Nadia Sawalha and Janet Street-Porter made it clear they did not agree with the point of view.

But dozens of outraged viewers took to Twitter to criticise the show, questioning why the debate was  even taking place. In the wake of the criticism, ITV released a statement apologising for the poll.

A spokesperson said: 'Loose Women is a daily talk show centred around topical debate and this discussion, linked to a recent news story, involved a full and frank range of views from the panellists.

'We always want to know what our viewers think about topical issues, however, we accept that the wording of the online poll was misjudged and we apologise for any offence caused.'



Stan B said...

Let's see. If we treat women as REQUIRING the protection of men in order to avoid being victims, we are misogynistic. However, if we assume that women can and should assume responsibility for their own safety and security, we are misogynistic.

So basically, if you're a man, you're misogynistic.

Anonymous said...

Anyone asking the opinion of Janice Street Porter is a moron. She can barely rub two brain cells together in an effort to communicate coherently. That leaves little brain power to articulate a thought that her audience could relate to. Typical of the BBC to deal with the lowest common denominator.

Anonymous said...

It is the same principle as sharing some responsibility for a burglary if leaving a door or window unlocked, even though the burglar has the main blame for his criminal actions; so a woman who puts herself in a vulnerable situation must share some responsibility for the outcome, though not the main responsibility.