A nutter MP has urged organisers of a pub crawl to scrap a Pimps and Hoes theme which he claims trivialises prostitution and violence towards women .
Sheffield Central Labour MP Paul Blomfield described the event's theme as a new
low for the company. He spouted:
I think they've got to take some responsibility for what they do.
You organise a themed event around the title Pimps and Hoes, now what are pimps? Pimps are
men who make money out of the sexual abuse of women.
If Carnage refuses to change the theme then I'd call on local Sheffield businesses to wash their hands of this bar crawl.
Carnage UK is owned by Varsity
Leisure Group (VLG), which said the fancy dress theme was chosen by students, and that bars, restaurants and taxi drivers would benefit from trade created by the event. Paul Bahia, of VLG, said:
We strongly disagree
that a fancy dress theme such as ours for our event in any way trivialises violence towards women, and really we would be surprised if the public disagreed, given the frequency of these events.
Some 2,000 students are expected to
attend the event.
Just a friendly warning miss. We've had reports of nutters in the area. You may want to cover up your double entendres
A seller of saucy seaside postcards was shocked when police officers turned up on Eastbourne Pier to investigate ludicrous claims he had been flogging obscene images.
Ian Donald has been selling the cheeky postcards for more than 20 years
without complaint. He told the Herald:
I thought they were joking. And when they saw them one of the policeman was laughing at how ridiculous it was.
Apparently someone had telephoned the
council and been told to call Trading Standards and was then told if the images were obscene then it was a matter for the police.
Postcards like this are part of the English seaside. They are not obscene, they are just cheeky
humour. I don't see how anyone could be offended by them.
Earlier this week the Herald was contacted by Ashley Steinschauer, an assistant minister at the Elim Family Church in Hartfield Road. He said he had been shocked to see
displays of nudity in local gift shops and had reported the matter to the authorities. He said the fact that children could see the postcards was unacceptable and had particular scorn for Donald's shop.
The Daily Mail has again tried to prove that playing games is deadly. The tragic story of a 14 year old who killed himself has been twisted by the national newspaper, in a attempt to profit from his death
by propagandising the cause of his suicide. This is too sad.
Filled with descriptions such as creeping plague of pornography , the filthy tide of pornography , Pornography is so often heartless, grotesque and violent , damaging rubbish , and violent heartlessness of porn .
References to addiction are thrown in for good measure.
Of course she starts with the usual: I prize freedom of speech, and loathe censorship... BUT ...
Interestingly the first article includes a picture that resurrects the Two thirds of the public want online porn to be blocked.
The PCC had this to say in regards to a complaint about this:
Mr Martin Robbins complained to the Press Complaints Commission under Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice about an article which reported that two thirds of the public backed the newspaper's campaign for an automatic block on
online porn . The complainant said that the survey on which the article was based found that only 36% agreed with the statement that people`s internet service should be filtered unless they ask for it not to be (i.e. an opt-out basis). The 66%
figure referred to the number of people who said that a filtering service should be available if they want it (i.e. an opt-in basis).
Resolution: While the newspaper maintained that its interpretation of the study had been reasonable, the
matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the removal of the online article and the marking of the newspaper's cuttings for future reference.
More Believable Statistics
Meanwhile in The Telegraph a poll
revealed only a third support blocking, with a quarter absolutely against it:
Performers at Edinburgh Fringe have been urged to stop cracking jokes about rape and sexual assault during this year's festival.
Jim Jefferies, Jimmy Carr, Chris Turner, Chris Dangerfield and Paul Revill are among those targeted by a group of
radical feminists .
The Feminist Avengers, who have vowed to take guerrilla action against sexism, misogyny and rape culture , have sent letters of protest along with a courgette to the comics saying:
Hear the one about the comedian who thinks that rape jokes are funny?
He was told to go fuck himself.
Spokeswoman Clare Zetkin said:
It is estimated that
one billion women and girls on our planet have been raped -- this is not a laughing matter. However, we have a culture in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Free Fringe; a rape culture where jokes about rape are the norm. Rape jokes are an everyday
occurrence at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Free Fringe.
As a group of radical feminists we have a great sense of humour; but making comedy out of violence against women makes us angry.
A christian campaign has whinged at a new iPhone fitness app to teach pole dancing.
The Pole Dancer Pro software was launched earlier this month and boasts that it can transform its users into a lap dancing sexpot . It's also claimed
workouts will inject a new lease of life into bedroom fantasies .
Pole dancing instructor Jessica Jackson shows users a step by step demonstration in the art of tease, erotic moves, and seductive eye contact . The
£ 1.49 app is rated suitable for children aged 12 upwards noting: mild sexual content or nudity .
Jo Squires, Director of BIG Ministries, is demanding the app is banned. She said:
When I read the description for the app Pole Dancer Pro I couldn't believe that it was deemed suitable for people as young as 12.
We already bombard children with images of perfectly-formed men and women, and
clothing that is making our girls grow up way before their time.
I'm all for encouraging new ways of helping people to keep fit, but do we really want to create a generation of children who are fully equipped in, what the app
describes as, the 'art of tease', 'erotic moves' and 'seductive eye contact'?
Perhaps we should get back to running around, making mud pies or skipping to help our children get fit, and leave the pole dancing to the over 18s.