Having spent many a year in the world of student politics, I can happily put my hand on my heart and say that it is a world where sexism is plenty and female officers are few.
Which is why I’m so disappointed to see my alma mater and a union I care deeply about, be incredibly sexist in a year when there is a record number of female candidates for full time positions.
In a video to advertise upcoming candidate debates, they feature only two women – Keira Knightley and Sarah Palin. Knightley shows up after the phrase ‘queue token female candidates’ and Palin when they are making fun of the candidates.
Yeah I was peeved by the token female comment, when the participation of women in the union should be anything but token but I was well pissed after the closing scene of the video where the current president alludes – not so subtly – to the infamous Bill Clinton ‘sexual relations’ comment while pretending to be getting head.
You can view the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vAYbdU4snSY
Seriously like – C’mon on! There are better ways to be funny than this. And if anyone can come up with a defence of the video that doesn’t rest on ‘It’s funny/you just don’t have a sense of humour/take a chill pill’ I’d be interested to hear it.
This video is unacceptable. Pure and simple. As a union meant to represent close to 20,000 students – over half of which are female, they need to seriously revisit how they promote events. Sexism should not be a form of advertising. ANd leaders of a union should know better.
Here’s hoping next years crowd do a better job.
Voting take places on the 5th & 6th March! You can find all candidates manifestos on collegeroad.ie. We’d encourage everyone to vote for the female candidates. While that may not sit comfortably with you, just remember that there will plenty of people who won’t vote for them for the same reason.