Of men and power.. from the Bullingdon to the Dorchester....
The President's club debacle reveals much about perceptions of
masculinity and understanding oself, behaviour , "common sense" and
prejudice..This week I have seen men claim that patriarchy is a
myth, that feminism is a myth and that it "takes two to tango". I have
seen everything said except an analysis of their own male perceptions.
In most cases the men who argued in this way were mainly over 60 . They
had never examined their assumptions; identity or psychology. They could
not do it they did not know how, they did not see power or it's
constructs like the white male bluekippers who see no racism or sexism
or transphobia. In the next generation my own prejudices and
assumptions will be examined and challenged and u hope that my
grandchildren will understand that I was a product of my time.The real difference is whether we understand that we are all prejudices
and that common sense us just a statistical average of the prejudices of
Many men cannot see that the behaviour of the rich
and the powerful men of the Presidents gate club is about exploitation
and commoditization of sexuality . These rich and powerful men do this
in other ways in forcing down wages and promoting cheap labour. We are
all victims of their power and it is not about choice. It's about no
choice. The libertarians will claim it's about both sides knowing the
score. But how could that be possible without an equality of power and
influence. Their was no equivalence between the women and the male
captains of industry.
I have no problem with the sexuality or
sexual behaviour of consenting adults on terms of equality. Power over
others leads to pornography and exploitatation.Power is the key to
making us all into objects of sexual use or of cheap labour. We are all
used by these men whoever we are.
Eroticism is a celebration of
our sexualities. It is a relationship between equals and encourages us
to celebrate desire, passion and pleasure. It has parallels to being
creative, artistic and curious. The bitter old men who condemn the
campaign against sexual harassment and name it a witch hunt are stunted,
fear the feminine, sensuality and the other.. they don't even know what
they are missing.. they are the prudes and the damaged ones. These are
the men who would have suppressed the sexual abuse investigations and
are severely homophobic and transphobic. These men are so adequately
represented by males like Farage and Trump and others.. These are the
vile men of straw. And I would like to know which politicians were
present. I remember a previous story I was told about members of a
previous administration of Swansea Council present at a stag party with
strippers that reached sonar proportions. I was told of a former Swansea
Assembly member who thankfully fled in horror at the events.
find in hypocritical that George Osbourne editor of the London Evening
Standard made the Presidents Gate club the headline story. One wonders
why he did not join up the dots between the powerful and rich Bullingdon
Club and the Presidents Gate Club. ..u hope it was selection rather
than selective memory.