August 1st, 2014

Gender Segregated Editorial Meeting at Guardian

The patriarchal norm of heteronormative gender oppression at King’s Place is being forced to check its male privilege. Girl power at the Guardian has inspired female staff to mark the departure of wimmin’s editor Jane Martinson with a wimmin-only editorial meeting next month:

As Jane Martinson is standing down as women’s editor it seems like a good moment to reflect on women at the Guardian, the future of how we cover women’s issues and what we do next.

With that in mind, we want to have a meeting open to all women in editorial to talk about the above. It will be on Friday 12th September, 11-12.30 in the morning conference room. 
Afterwards we’ll look to take discussions and recommendations to everyone in morning conference.
Do come along

Merope

Presumably, given the Friday lunchtime scheduling, all the blokes will be down the pub whilst this is going on. With Janine Gibson supposedly being lined up as Alan Rusbridger’s eventual replacement as editor, the ladies could be taking over…


92 Comments

  1. 1
    dai lunching says:

    just as at Faulkly Towers?

  2. 2
    Balls says:

    So who?

  3. 3

    Women of the Left in Leadership, I think they mean.

  4. 4
    Anonymous says:

    I’ll have a gin and slimline tonic. Ice and a slice.

  5. 5
    BBC says:

    Rusbridger leaving? Always a job over here at BBC Towers, Al.

  6. 6
    lolwut says:

    The best way to combat discrimination is with discrimination. Everyone knows that.

  7. 7
    What kind of silly name is this says:

    Merope?

  8. 8
    Not the leader of swindon council says:

    Who’s making the tea?

  9. 9
    Riesler says:

    Equality isn’t for everyone.

  10. 10
    Laurie Penny says:

    V A G E N D A !!!

  11. 11
    anon says:

    I’m wondering how far a complaint to HR about blatent sexism would get?

  12. 12
    anon says:

    She’s just pulling her knickers up.

  13. 13
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Pint of beer for the Men and a glass of white wine for the Ladies.

  14. 14
  15. 15
    Wonderin none red star says:

    Women want to be men and men want to be women, women are driving the sports cars, they are running and cycling, ok , next war, send let the men wave the women off to war, seems opening and closing of doors for women is finished, so if a ship goes sinks, the shout can only be children first, oh! yeh!.

  16. 16
    Explain that to Me says:

    Every group in society has its protectors.
    Women, blacks, hom0s, pakis, chinks and so on,
    The only group that can be lambasted without comeback is white heterosexual males.
    Restricted to wimmin only – isn’t there a law about that sort of thing? Like wimmin must be allowed into the MCC Men’s bar?

  17. 17
    Albert's chainsaw sharpeners says:

    Nearest bit bucket if an email and waste paper bin if paper.

  18. 18
    Harridan Harmanhater says:

    Sex discrimination is a criminal offence but gender quotas and all-women short-lists are fantastic.

  19. 19
    dai lunching says:

    very good!

  20. 20
    Albert's chainsaw sharpeners says:

    This was for 11:03am, don’t know what happened as 11 was the end of the list

  21. 21
    Socialism is theft says:

    But it is already being run by a load of old women.

  22. 22
    TimoUK says:

    Don’t these jack offs have their own “Feminist” section on the website?

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/feminism

    I don’t see a MGTOW section!

    Enough said really.

  23. 23
    john in cheshire says:

    Since this lot won’t be breeding they’ll eventually die out and normal service will be restored to our country.

  24. 24
    Explain that to Me says:

    Every group in society has its protectors.
    W0men, b1acks, hom0s, pak1s, ch1nks and so on,
    The only group that can be lambasted without comeback is white heterosexual males.
    Restricted to wimmin only – isn’t there a law about that sort of thing? Like wimmin must be allowed into the MCC Men’s bar?

  25. 25
    Bob cuntface Crow{Malaga} says:

    Another fucking march in London for Palestine,Owen’s going to need a holiday when this all settles down.

  26. 26
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Could be an Elm Tree.

  27. 27
    Diane Fatbott says:

    WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACCCCIIISSSTTTT !!! MISOGYNIST !!!

    There. That should shut them up.

  28. 28
  29. 29
    Hitler had the right idea says:

    Im sure that the males of the guardian will be glad to escape from these hectoring harpies foe even an hour
    A chance to look at porn, joke about colleagues tits and enjoy a few drinks
    before going to stringfellows and having large firm breasst shoved into their faces before reaching earth shattering climaxes

  30. 30
    Birmingham Education Department. says:

    Well it’s a start.

  31. 31
    Frack off Cameroon says:

  32. 32
    Jack Russell says:

    The males of the Guardian are probably all bumsexers.

  33. 33
    Borat says:

    Love the choice of words here, instead of stating frankly than men are banned:

    “With that in mind, we want to have a meeting open to all women in editorial to talk about the above.”

    I suppose it’s true in the way that the best jobs in apartheid south africa were “open to all whites”.

  34. 34

    Was there not a lot of stories floating around yesterday about gender segregation becoming a problem in UK universities ?

    Would it be sexist to describe this G’uardian session one or more of:

    i) A witches coven
    ii) A knitting circle
    iii) A T’upperware party
    iv) Some sort of C’ommunist plot

    Just askin’ :-)

    Vote UKIP :-D

  35. 35
    dai lunching provincially (and fully - on sea trout) says:

    whoever is in power is going to get this

    leave london immediately – to the owenites the meedjahadeen and the city shysters

  36. 36
    Frack off Cameroon says:

  37. 37
    the siren on the rock says:

    euphemism evasion obfuscation in power – leads to……corruption oppression and all the things against which the guardianista rail

  38. 38
    dai lunching provincially (and fully - on sea trout) says:

    i’ll have a largshe one to precede the sea trout mentioned above

  39. 39
    shocked onlooker says:

    i thought those were used tea bags

  40. 40
    randy bugger cures says:

    Is the issue the need for women only groups or the need for men to keep looking at their boobs for another thirty years after passing fourty?

  41. 41
    Will says:

    If rushbridger leaves the guardian I bet his daughter will be sacked shortly after as she is a waste of space.

  42. 42
    barman says:

    A sensible man would never be buying any female a drink at 11AM.

  43. 43

    Just so they can bitch and moan about the men

  44. 44
    Po kem Young says:

    Or worse.

  45. 45
    Djangos' flying circus says:

    What would the women say if the men organised a men only editorial meeting? They really are a shower of no hopers!

  46. 46
    Telegraph Leader says:

    Our Guardian women fighting force could be a match for any fighting elite forces from Gaza and Tripoli to Bejing.

  47. 47
    dept of obstetics & eugenics says:

    to ‘soon to be parents’ couple:

    what kind of brand proposition would you like your child’s name to make to focus groups?

  48. 48
    Sale at local shop for local people says:

    there are fish fingers, petrol ….. from where that came from, freshly produced everytime

  49. 49
    Does it include me? says:

    Doctors Letter

    To who it may concern

    Was Paul, was male, changing into a women, to be known as Paulette.

  50. 50
    Will says:

    The guardian also thinks that we should all ride bikes and cars should be banned and lorries as well. Well we don’t all live in london and try getting 2 children to school on buses in the morning as well as your shopping as waitrose don’t even have a store within 20 miles and as for buses what are those. I think the guardian employees the only time many went outside of london was to go to oxford uni.

  51. 51
    Sigmund Freud-Chicken says:

    The reason that some areas and activities are restricted to women, as once were Ladies only waiting rooms or Ladies only carriages on trains, or the Women’s Institute, the WVS and so on, is that women tend to fart a lot, but have attempted to keep this fact secret from men for the last 8000 years. I know of no man who ever experienced a woman farting until after he had married her, or of any senior female executive, manager or politician who has farted in his presence, however nature indicates that they must, so they just exclude men to maintain the fiction. They also like to discuss men’s knobs.

  52. 52
    Tachybaptus says:

    Mark 5:25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
    26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
    27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.

  53. 53
    Hear All See All says:

    “in the morning conference room”
    Does the guardian have different conference room for other times of day?

  54. 54
    Maths says:

    11 – 12:30 in the morning? That’s thirteen and a half hours!

    BTW Merope is one of the Pleiades.

  55. 55
    As you know says:

    Daughter of Altas and Pleione.

  56. 56
    As you know says:

    Dammit, Atlas.

  57. 57
    Hear All See All says:

    Not only does EU not accept referendum results not in accord with their wishes, Juncker now intends not to accept member States choice for EU Commissioner if it doesn’t suit his agenda !
    “Portugal has picked Carlos Moedas, Secretary of State to the Prime Minister, as its next EU Commissioner – despite Jean-Claude Juncker reportedly pushing for Finance Minister Maria Luís Albuquerque to be nominated instead. Natasha Bertaud, Juncker’s spokeswoman, told the press yesterday, “Mr Juncker has made clear on numerous occasions a commission with only two or three women will not be credible. He will not accept this. If no solution can be found, it may be that more time is needed to form the Commission.”

  58. 58
    Cinna says:

    Who is running the abuse enquiry now Bugler Sloshed has quit? Seems to have gone very quiet on that from.

  59. 59
    Anonymous says:

    Guardian Fat lesbians

  60. 60
    Cinna says:

    One of the Seven Sisters, eh? That’s even Messier.

  61. 61
    Cinna says:

    Fourty? Turn your spell checker on.

  62. 62
    Cinna says:

    Definitely not an A’nn S’ummers party.

  63. 63

    We’ll if all the females are getting together, I’d drop off some cleaning materials and some recipes.

  64. 64
    Norm Normal says:

    Most PR depts are run by women. They also sit in on most interviews, to ensure women get most jobs.

  65. 65
    Philosophical Reflections for the Betterment of Guardian Women says:

    Drop your knickers.

    Do some ironing.

    Wait to see if a man chooses to fuck you.

    That’s about it.

  66. 66
    IslandiaGirl says:

    A Tena convention…

  67. 67
    Argentina - my Word is NOT my Bond says:

    ha ha ha ha ha

    very funny

  68. 68
    lojolondon says:

    er – I don’t think there are any men at the Guardian – no real men anyway…

  69. 69
    Dangerous Brian says:

    Harriet was right to promote positive discrimination and right to apologise for all women short lists.

  70. 70

    Will there be an agenda item to establish which items of ladies lingerie are suitable for acceptance as gifts in the workplace ?

    I was thinking particularly of ” pink slips” as we re at The Grauniad.

    Or as you limeys call them P 45s.

  71. 71
  72. 72
  73. 73

    oh… there it is !

  74. 74

    Will there be coffee and crumpet on offer ?

  75. 75

    CHRISTINA DE FERNANDES DE KIRCHNER DE BANCAROTTA SAYS

    Ahh yes of course — The Malvinas as our Protectors !

    Gives a whole new meaning to the place name ; Vaca Muerta.

  76. 76

    CHRISTINA ETC KEEPS ON SAYING …..

    ….and as far as Im concerned it does nt have any effect on me if the country does go tits up .
    I ll always have somebody to pamper me in the Pampas .

  77. 77

    Please cry for us O Malvinas.

  78. 78
  79. 79

    ….. and do they still call it crumpet now or is brioche the politically correct term?

  80. 80

    What you mean as in if a man complained that five women had just gangr@ped him on the editorial conference table ?

  81. 81

    ….. white heterosexual SINGLE males more correctly …. the kitchen sink gets
    thrown at them !!

  82. 82

    Certainly full respect Radicalized to the man for being outraged and offended for being turned away etc . coz he was single and non muz. no argument
    there blud.

    But let s be rational ….

    “Mr Jennings, a viewing consultant at a photography studio, from Sutton Coldfield,” !!!

    So in his free time he goes to “Vue” . !!??

    What was it a Projectionists Holiday… ?

  83. 83

    We don t do porn or Stringfellows at the Guardian .

    As the name indicates the Organ is an arbiter of good taste and high standards .

    Anyway Alan does nt know what porn or Stringfellows are — no one has had the temerity to tell him yet .

    On the basis it would shatter his all enveloping Peter Pan persona and he would never be the same again.

  84. 84

    {“Phylosan fortifies the over ” forties”}

    –Wifred Pickles (Dad of Eric now sadly departed to that great Have a Go rest home in the sky )

  85. 85

    What s her name –Owen ?

  86. 86

    Yes they have a PMT Conference Room as well which is in fact a Panic Room where each lady regardless of age is entitled to lock herself into for thirty days a month preparing for the one day in each month when she can officially take a “Curse ” day iff.

    Said to make the year pass quickly and effortlessly.

  87. 87

    Natasha Bertrand ?

    Is she known as “Plastique ” Bertrand when she lets her hair down at the weekend ?

  88. 88

    What –in that order?

    Ironing without knickers could lead to very serious self injury resulting in their not being able to take up the third option even if proffered !

  89. 89
    David B says:

    Sexism

  90. 90
    Anonymous says:

    OXFAM are working with Heathrow.

  91. 91
    Smiley says:

    So true.

  92. 92
    GeoffM says:

    Look, it’s because….erm….Vagina!


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