Is Anti-Bigotry Going Too Far?

Here at Escort Wales, we are great believers in equal rights for women. The female sex is full of strong, intelligent, dynamic people who can make their own way in life. One of the reasons we back the escort industry is because women have the right to choose what they do as a career. Society should not be dictating anything to them.
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However, on a personal basis, I sometimes wonder whether, in the drive to have equal rights, we are in danger of becoming a society without a sense of humour?

A Woman’s Job

This was highlighted this week when an Indonesian sports clothing manufacturer was forced to apologise after printing washing machine instructions that were deemed sexist.

“Washing Instructions. Give this jersey to your woman. IT’S HER JOB,” Salvo Sports printed on the inside of the shirt they designed for Pusamania Borneo, who begin their Indonesian Super League campaign next month.

Well, perhaps unsurprisingly, this caused a bit of a kick off on social media. It probably didn’t help that this all happened on International Women’s Day’.

“The message is simply, instead of washing it in the wrong way you might as well give it to a lady because they are more capable,” Salvo posted.

“There’s no intention to humiliate women. In contrast, (we want to tell the men) learn from women on how to take care of clothes because they pay attention to details.

“Not all men understand/know how to take care of their own clothes, women are more knowledgeable/experts on such matters.

“We apologise profusely for any miss-interpretations.”

Well, I’m not sure that apology really helped. It sounded pretty disingenuous, and more a case of the company trying to get out of what was a PR disaster. One suspects that they were making a joke and it backfired.

Double Standards?

However, I feel this masks maybe a more important issue. Are white males now the only group you can have a joke about, without causing offence?

The ‘beauty’ of social media is that there are millions of people waiting around to be offended. Once something gets shared, they all jump in, attacking the individual or the company that has made the ‘faux pas’. They then get in a big competition to see who is the most outraged. People are castigated as racist or sexist at the drop of a hat.

However, when I turn on daytime TV, I see programmes like ‘Loose Women’, which is basically an hour long excuse to slag off men.

Then they have some home food delivery advert fronted by Ronnie Corbett. The old woman featured in it says ‘it is so easy, even a man could do it’.

Now if I went to a TV executive and said ‘hey, I have this great idea for a TV show. Me and my mates will sit round slagging off women all day. Is it a goer?” I would certainly get laughed out of the studio. If I was an advertising executive who did an advert saying that a car was so easy to drive ‘even a woman could do it’, I would find myself working in a fast food restaurant quicker than you could say ‘sexist pig’.
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Real Equality

Equality, for me, should be a case of everyone being treated equally. It isn’t one group being being the brunt of everyone’s jokes, while everyone else gets offended.

Either no jokes are made, or maybe we could actually joke, and we should hold our abomination for the racists and sexists who deserve it. It is pretty simple to work out the meanings behind the words. It is those who have hatred and ignorance in the hearts that need to be shown up for what they are. It isn’t a case of slaughtering someone because the used the word ‘coloured’ instead of black, when they are making a point about fighting for equality, as happened with actor Benedict Cumberbatch recently.

The problem with groups who have traditionally been disenfranchised bleating about everything an everything they don’t like, no matter how ridiculous, is the fact they are in danger of being accused of not wanting equality. Instead, many will look at it as though they want preferential treatment. This will just hold back the fight for equality.

That will have a more damaging affect on society than any silly joke could ever do.

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Martin Ward

Martin Ward is a well respected editor and writer with over five years experience in the adult industry. After stints in the Escort Advertising call centre and on the escort forum, he moved into the site editor position around three years ago.

Since then, he has specialised in articles on the battle for equal rights for sex workers, sexual health, as well as bringing the readers fun news from around the world. He also has a major interest in LGBT rights, and is an active campaigner in this field.

When he isn't fighting the good fight, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, and young daughter. He also enjoys reading and taking long walks.
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