That didn’t take long; London’s Mayor censors women’s bodies

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I am sure that this has nothing to do with Islam’s attitudes towards women and everything to do with feminism.

London’s first ever Muslim Mayor is set to ban images of ‘unrealistic’ scantily clad women from ads on public transport, which could see the city adopt some of the most censorious policies in the Western world.

Sadiq Khan argued for the move by appropriating the language of feminism, claiming that alluring images of beautiful women could make them “ashamed of their bodies”.

Ironically, the policy is likely to please both the misogynistic Islamist and prudish, third wave feminist, whose ends appear increasingly similar.

The announcement comes five years after suspected Islamists began painting over images of bikini clad women in Tower Hamlets in East London, and last year after feminists began similarly defacing images of women in bikinis on London transport.

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Left: London Underground, 2015. Right: Tower Hamlets, 2011

Images of women are banned in public across large parts of the Muslim world, and the phenomenon is now spreading in the Western world.

Germany’s ‘progressive’ Justice Minister, Heiko Maas, recently promised to ban ads which “reduce women or men to sexual objects” in an attempt to create a “modern gender image” following the mass sex attacks on New Year’s Eve in Cologne, committed by mostly Muslim migrants.

The London Mayor echoed these sentiments. He said in a statement: “As the father of two teenage girls, I am extremely concerned about this kind of advertising which can demean people, particularly women, and make them ashamed of their bodies. It is high time it came to an end.

“Nobody should feel pressurised, while they travel on the tube or bus, into unrealistic expectations surrounding their bodies and I want to send a clear message to the advertising industry about this.”

Transport for London commercial development director, Graeme Craig, said:

“Advertising on our network is unlike TV, online and print media. Our customers cannot simply switch off or turn a page if an advertisement offends or upsets them and we have a duty to ensure the copy we carry reflects that unique environment.”

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In April of this year, the UK’s advertising watchdog announced an investigation into the “objectification and sexualisation of women in ads” because of an “increasing political and public debate” driven by “offended” feminists on social media.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) had already started banning ads featuring attractive women, that supposedly cause “offence, or harm”. Such censorship may now become routine, as the ASA claims it is “alive to changing attitudes and behaviours”.

The development follows the controversy surrounding Protein World last year — a fitness company that put up billboards in London showing a woman in a bikini beside the words: “Are you beach body ready?”

Feminists and so-called social justice warriors started an aggressive online campaign against the ads, which was picked up by the liberal media leading to more than 70,000 people signing a petition against the image.

-breitbart.com

This view of fashionable bathing costumes from Marshall & Snelgrove, Oxford Street, London, in August 1887, is from Ladies' World, a low-priced, mass-market magazine for women.

This view of fashionable bathing costumes from Marshall & Snelgrove, Oxford Street, London, in August 1887, is from Ladies’ World, a low-priced, mass-market magazine for women.

London’s Mayor is taking London back to the past with his prudish censorship. I had hoped that he was not going to use his position to further the cause of Islam but clearly that is exactly what he is intending to do. A Mayor holds a secular office but that is not stopping Sadiq Khan from imposing his prudery on the London population. Next step, mark my words, will be how London women themselves are allowed to dress. I am sure it will be couched in similar third-wave feminist terms but the result will be the same. Women will have a man like Khan telling them how they can and cannot dress (all for their own good you understand).

Swimsuit Police Check The Length Of Swimmers' Ensembles In Amazing Recolorized 1922 Photo

Swimsuit Police Check The Length Of Swimmers’ Ensembles In Amazing Recolorized 1922 Photo

I have a message for Sadiq Khan and the third-wave feminists who support this censorship abomination. It is people like you who make women ashamed of their bodies, because it is people like you who are telling them that they must hide their bodies away. It is a lie that seeing beautiful women and handsome men makes us ashamed of our  bodies. We enjoy looking at attractive models. We might wish we looked like them but that is neither here nor there. The real reason for this censorship is insidious as it is one step closer to censorship of real women for the crime of looking attractive to prudish, misogynist men. This censorship is one step closer to putting women back into the past where we knew our place and did what the men in control of us told us to.

 

 


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  • Rebecca

    Step 1 of many I suspect

    • Eiselmann

      And the progressives will embrace all those steps until one day they wake up to the fact that they have allowed every right they held dear, they have given away.

  • JustAnotherLurker

    So, all music videos featuring females and skin will be banned inside the M25?

    • biscuit barrel

      Only if they are on London transport vehicles or railway stations.
      They should play the mayors game, use their normal pictures but have a black censored stripe across most of it.

      • jimknowsall

        That would be a move of genius. The same ad but with certain parts censored out with a message that the Mayor of London has forbidden you to see this bit. Watch that egg on face collision. Hilarious.

  • MaryLou

    Sigh… I was full of hope. Well, not really, but definitely prepared to give the benefit of the doubt. I’d like to say “No, no, this is just another liberal PC…. “person” going about their business of ensuring no one’s offended by anything”, but I’m not sure I can.

  • Richard

    Perhaps rather than continuing to refer to the so-called “religion of peace” you might reconsider and use “the religion of submission” for this is what it is.

    Although some moslems will try to wriggle around the root-word ‘salam’, in Arabic Islam means “to submit”

    Living in a constitutionally Islamic state I can assure you the culture of submission is very real

  • Misfit

    London Has fallen!

  • SteveWrathall

    “…misogynistic Islamist and prudish, third wave feminist, whose ends appear increasingly similar.” Yup

  • Slightly flawed.

    I wonder how Khan is feeling about the Pride of London event currently going on, do you think it will be the last? http://prideinlondon.org/

    • Duchess of Pork

      Khan is both attending and speaking at the festival.

  • Craig Godfrey

    Yep, the poison of Islam will slowly reek through the city / country / empire.

    Next step will be the blaming of the political system for lack of progress in cleaning up the crime, justifying even more Islamic candidates in offices of power and influence.

    Christian values and morals will be next – shaming them for poisoning society, the same lies the spread of the Jews. Churches will be forced to comply or shut down.

    There will eventually be Shariah Law by attrition. There is more of us than you, so what we say goes.

    This isn’t Islamaphobia, people, it’s the truth. There are lots of articles and websites that explain how the poison of the ‘religion of peace’ works, and it’s coming to a town near you.

    • Her Shadow

      This scenario is only possible if we do nothing to stop it. We have the numbers, Islam doesn’t.

      • OneTrack

        Islam has the progressives on board, we don’t.

  • Mike

    This is how it begins, the slow creep of Sharia Law taking over the West. I enjoy my freedoms, I hope my children and grandchildren get to enjoy them but I fear they will not.

  • Huia

    I wonder if this is a “Lone Wolf” decision.
    Talk about forcing your will in your adopted country.
    Still, they voted and are getting what they voted for, frustrating to the majority and a celebration for a misogynists.
    The feminist movement has been hijacked by the PC anti everything brigade, and now is so far away from its origins it would be laughable if it wasn’t so sad.

  • Tiger

    I now await the “blowback” from the young ladies who see this as the beginning of oppression and engage in a bra-less, bikini, topless walk through London, and thumb their noses at this creeping oppression. Beware of rules made to “protect people from themselves.”

    • biscuit barrel

      A tits parade ?
      Who you gonna call ?

      • Big_Al

        I guess that would be “Titbusters”

      • R&BAvenger

        Boobs on bikes?

  • Tony Norriss

    The problem is the subjectivity of defining “scantily clad”. What one person finds acceptable might be offensive to someone else.

    So, to remove all element of doubt, and satisfy both islamists and feminists, what is required is some kind of garment that completely covers a womens body and face, with only two eyeholes so women can see where they are going.

    If all women were dressed like this, then, problem solved!!

    I wonder if such a garment exists…

  • biscuit barrel

    if the Met came out and said that after 9pm all women who are scantily clad will be forced to go home, for their own protection of course.
    Imagine the outrage !

  • BigDogTalking

    I have met very few (if any) people who think that free speech is not a good idea.
    Having agreed with that they can then generally very readily see the issues associated with censorship but then without so much as taking a new breath the “progressives” will move to “but in the case of…..” insert popular cause of their moment such as images “likely” to shame women’s body image we “need” to “protect” people from…..
    How hard is it to keep hold of a very simple idea like free speech and apply it to a given suggestion of banning this that or the other.
    The mental contortions you must have to go through for seemingly intelligent people to hold such conflicting views simultaneously is beyond my comprehension.

    • spanishbride

      This video will explain it all for you :)
      https://www.facebook.com/prageru/videos/979516015424588/

    • Andinz

      Conflicting views can be expressed in a single statement called an oxymoron. A seemingly intelligent person who holds to conflicting views in their belief system is, in my view, a moron. Plenty of examples of conflicting statements in the Koran and all of them are correct according to the believers of Islam.

  • shykiwibloke

    A famous science experiment places a frog in a beaker of water. Slowly bring the temperature up and he will not move until he is literally dead. At any time a rap on the side of the beaker will see the frog leap straight out.
    What is happening here is exactly the same. So long as the changes are small no one will notice until too late to leap.
    “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” – Edmund Burke

  • Isherman

    If Mr Knan thought this was such a pressing issue for London that it had to be addressed at all, let alone so soon after taking office then I’m afraid that the suspicians of many about his real motives and agenda are not completely unfounded.

  • KatB

    Seeing as the Mayor is taking this stance so the less than perfect of us need not feel ashamed or pressurised, (thank goodness the man is so thoughtful), I guess he’ll be rolling this out onto the beaches too. Any gorgeous, perfect specimen will be sent packing because we shouldn’t have to be made to feel inadequate while relaxing at the beach. Those of us with our cellulite and mummy tummies should be safe in this censorship, we can continue to stun people in our two pieces.

    • spanishbride

      A brilliant analysis because taken to its ridiculous logical conclusion, unattractive photos of men and women should be perfectly acceptable. An advertising agency should do just that because if he objects to an obese woman in a bikini he will reveal that his true objection is about uncovered female skin.

      Imagine the 3rd wave feminists dancing in excitement that ads are promoting fat unattractive bodies. Poor Khan would not be able to gain their support when he wants to ban them too because they will accuse him of fat shaming. Oh I do hope the ad agencies go full retard on him. I would.The fatter and more unattractive the better.

      • KatB

        Definitely an opportunity going begging to find out his true intentions.

    • Grumpy of Onehunga

      Fortunately there aren’t too many beaches in London, but there are the parks and swimming pools – are they next on the list?

  • Andinz

    Back to Victorian costumes? Here is a male bather with one suitably covered (according to Mr Khan?).
    http://www.rochestersubway.com/images/photos/rochester-swimsuits-1915-04.jpg

    • JustAnotherLurker

      No so. Having been to beaches in Jordan, the “suitably covered” attire when in the water at a beach is a full burka. I bet the Piha Lifeguards would love that here!

      • KatB

        And the men at those beaches you’ve been to are suitably covered head to foot too?

        • JustAnotherLurker

          Absolutely! /Tui

          • spanishbride

            Funny how the modesty in reality only applies to the women not the men. I saw it on the beach here in Arkles 2 years ago. The men were showing lots of skin and enjoying themselves while the women were all in black, only their face showing. They dipped their toes in the water and splashed their faces because they were so hot.One lady was pregnant and I bet she would have loved to be in the water. After their swim the men and boys and a young girl ( who was allowed on a Kayak ) came up near our house , rolled out the prayer mats and started praying.

      • Richard McGrath

        You only have to go to Australia to see women in burkas at public swimming pools.

  • Big_Al

    How on earth did this man get voted into the position of Mayor in the first place?
    Did nobody stop to think that this was not a smart move? Obviously not.

    • jimknowsall

      Because he’s the Labour candidate and, in a two horse race between the main parties, the Tories fielded an unpopular, divisive candidate. As far as I can tell, he’s a reasonably normal sane bloke, albeit that he supports Labour. His decision on this matter is really nothing to do with being a Muslim and everything to do with feminazi politics. The new “Women’s Equality Party” did surprisingly well in the elections and they really are a bunch of sexist, man hating lunatics.

    • Bruce Rayner

      Nope, and you will see the same thing when the jaffas vote goofus for mayor.

  • PersonOfColor:WHITE

    I think men who wear full beards demean clean shaven men….can we ban beards? (The fact that this might be anti-Muslim is YOUR opinion, yeah right.)

  • sheppy

    I wonder how far the Brits will allow this to attack the traditional young persons holiday of beer and sunbathing in Spain, before they do something about it.
    Sounds like the islamisation of he UK has taken another step forward

  • TM

    The problem here is that public transport should not be subject to political interference – but of course it is as the council owns it. I would imagine that could happen easily in Auckland too with any ads that AT disapproves of. Reminds me of how annoyed I get seeing adds for Heart of the City on AT buses – money from ratepayers channelled to Heart of the City, then channelled to AT (what is left of course after Swney took his cut) in the form or advertising revenue for AT. Ridiculous money go round.

  • jimknowsall

    Ahh, feminists and their denial of sexuality. We all know that sex sells and the male sex drive is not going anywhere soon.

  • R&BAvenger

    Well, I gave the man the benefit of the doubt, now with this, one wonders if those who voted for him will have ‘buyer’s remorse’?

  • lyall

    if the women were being put up on billboards against their will i would see his point but I’m pretty sure they weren’t forced to ‘model for the misogynists’ at gunpoint!

  • lionred

    Lets give Sadiq Khan credit for being a competent politician. If we look at the demographics of London, from the census of 2001 to the census of 2011 the percentage of white British people declined from 60% to 45%. of the population of Greater London. The percentage of Asian people increased from 13% to 18.5%, with those of Pakistani or Bangladeshi ancestry increasing by 50%. If we add in people of Somali ancestry (not yet specified in the census) then we can see what is happening. This section of the population also has the highest birth rate. (Over the same period, the Jewish population has declined).

    As a labour politician, he is assured of the traditional working class vote (although this is leaking away because of the “leave” movement). Add this to the Asian population increase and we can see where is power base is.

    I have worked in Bangladesh and seen how politics works there. This has been imported into inner city East London, especially in Tower Hamlets and Newham, it is not encouraging.

    He has cemented his power base for the foreseeable future.

    What this will do for women one can only hazard a guess. I am not confident that London will remain a centre of tolerance. If women want to exploit their body or any other asset (eg minds, intelligence etc), and do it in full control and awareness of what they are doing, then why should they be prevented from doing so?

    I would suggest that this is not being done to protect women, but to protect the sensitivities of a growing part of the population. If anyone argues that ethnic minority women have the vote and can make their opinions known at the polls, then they should look at the voting system and how the votes of families are controlled by the head of the family (male?) and also community leaders (male?).

    London is not going to be a friendly city in the future.

  • waldopepper

    only when the feminists are being trucked off to serve as sex slaves will the truth finally dawn on them. londoner’s have not just invited the fox to run the chicken coop, they actively voted him in to do so. i wouldnt bank on the poms standing up to tyranny any time soon. armed revolution by britons to take back their city “frank bainimarama” style seems unlikely as they all surrendered their rifles years ago, so all they can do is bend over and take it, or leave the city entirely, which seems to be what many are doing. where are the hooligans and neo nazis when you actually need them ? the poms need another winston churchill to fight the invasion. still, america seems to be on its way to taking a stand. only 146 days till president trump. cant wait !

    • Shalice

      I don’t think feminists will wake up even then. It would be white supremacy to oppose these people’s culture, after all. In Germany they have sided with the rapists so far.

  • Paul Marsden

    Why is anybody surprised?? Sooner or later, there will be a Muslim Mayor of Auckland, then, a Muslim Prime Minister of New Zealand. What is happening in London, is a glimpse of the how the New Zealand political landscape will be in the not too distant future. Get use to it.

  • Kevin

    “The London Mayor echoed these sentiments. He said in a statement: “As the father of two teenage girls, I am extremely concerned about this kind of advertising which can demean people, particularly women, and make them ashamed of their bodies. It is high time it came to an end.”

    I have no doubt that the dear Mayor, being a Muslim, actually believes this rubbish. But the truth is the reason Islam dictates to women that they must cover up is to disempower them.

  • Paul Marsden

    The London Mayor echoed these sentiments. He said in a statement: “As the father of two teenage girls, I am extremely concerned about this kind of advertising which can demean people, particularly women, and make them ashamed of their bodies.
    “It is high time it came to an end.”
    First they came for fashion. Then they came for gays and lesbians. Then they came for ….etc etc ..(you fill in the gaps)

  • OneTrack

    Is that a camel’s nose I can see in the doorway?

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