British parliament member Mhairi Black is tired of the misogyny she experiences every day.
In a recent speech broadcast on Parliament TV, she stated, “I regularly see guys on Facebook talking about ‘getting p*ssy,’ and using other horrible words for women, but should we really actually be expecting any better given that the man sitting in the Oval Office thanks that it’s ok to grab a woman by the p*ssy and face no consequence. Misogyny is everywhere in our society — absolutely everywhere — to the point where we often miss it because it’s been so normalized by being continually unchallenged.
Her comments were a part of a debate to change UK law to make misogyny a hate crime.
Parliament member Melanie Onn also spoke out, saying, “Today’s society is awash with misogynistic acts, such as groping, sexual comments, upskirting, revenge porn, sexual remarks, leering, stalking, and as the nature of harassment changes, so must the laws which govern it. The fact that I’ve had the temerity to call for this debate, this exploration of ideas has provoked a backlash of vile fury that I am in some way a “man hater,” that I have “no sense of humor,” that I should most certainly “learn to take a compliment,” and fortunately, because I am not a snowflake that has been suggested, it doesn’t dissuade me from continuing to discuss these ideas, but it does certainly highlight to me why women and girls are so often put off directly challenging behavior at the time that incidents occur or even reporting when the potential response is so aggressive.”