One of the discriminatory issues that is gathering momentum is the campaign not to want to send women convicted of non-violent offences to prison. The issue flickers intermittently onto the political stage (and here and here) but now this is becoming a reality.
And the sexism comes in two forms from these so called 'equality' campaigning hypocrites.
Firstly, it is based on the fact that the argument only relates to female non-violent offenders and never to male non-violent offenders. So this is not really about equality, it is about female special treatment with men victims of discrimination by ommission.
Secondly, the articles and arguments relate to mothers and their children. Firstly, it assumes that if a female prisioner has children, the father cannot cope. Secondly, what if a father is on his own with children and is convicted - does he get any special treatment and lastly, it is the cake and eat it syndrome.
Female equality campaigners want women to be treated the same and that men and women should share the same responsibilities as part of the family unit. If that is is the case, those self-same campaigners cannot ask for special treatment for women with children. You cannot argue that men and women are equals in the family unit on one hand and then on the other say they are not when it suits them.
The Prison Reform Trust has launched a campaign in Parliament it gives real impetus. This supposedly gender neutral organisations seems to have forgotten that gender should be blind when it comes to justice.
And we all know the success of campaigns in keeping women out of prision have in the real world. As this sickening case shows.
Posted by Skimmington