Jun 10 2012

Easy meat

Blink and you’d miss them but 500 EDL members turned up in Rochdale yesterday to try to make further capital from the Rochdale grooming case. As I’ve said in a previous post, the far right have ignored a lot of the factual evidence and just followed their prejudices in “making sense” of this case, helped along by mainstream politicians like Jack Straw with his statement that some men in the Pakistani community “view white girls as easy meat”.

Given that the EDL say that they are so opposed to this mistreatment of girls and what they view as Islam’s mistreatment of women in general, you might think that they would be squeaky clean themselves. This is not the case. Another EDL member was outed for a paedophilia conviction recently, adding to the already extensive list. Experts suggest that male paedophiles flourish in environments where there is strong male bonding and an atmosphere of misogyny. The EDL is such a place.

Less than 10% of EDL members are female. The vast majority are men and the culture is correspondingly laddish and sexist. Indeed, EDL leader Tommy Robinson is a keen fan of the twitter feed of True Lad, who regularly tweets boorish sexist rubbish about “slags”, “fat girls”, making wagers for blow jobs from his girlfriend and even sexual assaults: “sneakily brushing against girls arses as they walk past in clubs. #covertarseratingLAD.” But then, girls are just easy meat to these people.

These offensive, sexist values are present throughout the male EDL (and are often considered normal and acceptable by the women as well). We have already covered the “lock up your daughters” attitudes of local members, the rape jokes and the perception that women should be domestic servants. There is plenty more abuse of women where that came from.

The most common perception of women is that they are sexual and domestic slaves, as summed up in this post by Adam Repton (Nottingham EDL member): “A real woman never lets her man leave the house hungry or horny”.

This is an attitude shared by Craig “Leicester” Elliott, Leicester organiser, who had this Mothers’ Day wish for Leicester mums: “Happy mothers day to all mums!  A little explanation to Leicester mums though! It’s such a special day for you on this day every year so this year we thought a special dinner was in order. In fact this dinner has got to be so special that were all off out to watch the footy whilst you cook it so we don’t get under your feet!”

Chris Conroy (Newark EDL organiser) is a man who clearly thinks a woman’s place is in the kitchen and nowhere else. “Why do women try to talk football? Do you see me in the kitchen discussing dishwashing strategies? No, you don’t.” When questioned by a woman who objected to his stance, he wrote “you fail as a proper female”.

These lads think that lounging around playing football is a “proper” man’s role whilst “proper” females should be happy to cook and clean.

Oh and be perved at by them of course, as demonstrated by Martin Wealthall of Nottingham EDL:

Any women who disagree with this servile role are just trying to spoil men’s fun. Steve “Bod” of Leicester EDL reckons “men were brought into this world to enjoy there life. women were brought into the world to make sure they dont”. Or as Chris Conroy puts it “Fucking females… lol! dont have a clue… text you with abuse before they even know the crack…get real cunt.” Lee Tams (Leicester EDL) adds “FK UM USE AND ABUSE”. After all, they’re just easy meat.

Not content to joke about rape and sexual abuse of women, the lads also like to fantasise about extreme physical violence and murder of their female partners. Ian Humphries of Leicester EDL likes to “joke” about breaking his wife’s jaw (the “sound barrier”) and burying her under the house.

All of this should demonstrate how hypocritical these EDL members are every time they complain about Muslims abusing women or the inferior status that Islam confers on women.

Anti-fascists are against the abuse of all women and children, not just when it is politically convenient for us. We want a world where women and men are equals, not one where women slave in the kitchen whilst their menfolk relax in front of the footy. Whether it is paedophile grooming gangs or the misogynists of the EDL, violence, sexual abuse and threats of abuse against people based on their gender need to be eradicated.


Mar 12 2012

Leicester EDL activist advocates nuclear war and genocide

You might think that the murder, by a rogue US soldier, of 16 Afghani civilians, including children, would be one of those incidents that everybody could agree was a bad thing. Well you’d be wrong.

Some representatives of the EDL have taken a break from “peacefully protesting against Islamic extremism” long enough to argue (if that isn’t an unduly generous term for their barely coherent ramblings) not only that the killings were a good thing, but that there’s a need for more, not less, indiscriminate murder by coalition forces.

Paul James, a member of the EDL and a prominent figure in the military fantasists of the self-styled “Combined Ex-Forces” (CxF), went on Facebook to crow “Got to love an american soldier.. he had the right idea.. An eye for an eye.. time to get the lads home and nuke Aghanistan.”

James’ proposal was wholeheartedly endorsed by Leicester EDL activist Lee Tams, who replied (apparently unable to find and turn-off caps lock), “NUKE UM ALL AFGHANISTAN, IRAN AND IRAQ, I CAN LIVE WITH THAT AND FK INNOCENT CIVILIANS THEY DON,T GIVE FK BOUT THEM WHEN THEY BLOWING UM SELFS UP WIPING OUT EVERY FUCKER”

Tams who works as a road sweeper at Leicester City Council later went on to explicitly advocate genocide on the basis of a batshit crazy analysis of how the war in Afghanistan might develop. “THEY ALL NEED WIPING OUT IT,S ONLY WAY FORWARD. THEY ARE ALL A BIG BUNCH OF CUNTS,ITS GONNA GET TO THE STAGE WHEN THEY ALL JOIN TOGETHER AND GET RUSSIA AND CHINA ON THEIR SIDE, WE WILL BE FKED.”

Of late, fascists desperate for a new bandwagon to jump on now the EDL’s anti-Islamic extremism schtick seems to be losing its attraction, have made a lot of noise about paedophilia. (In the process they have, of course, been careful to avoid mention of the array of paedophiles and rapists in their own ranks.) In February a rowdy protest outside the trial of a paedophile gang (who happened to be Asian) almost forced a retrial after the demonstrators apparently attacked a barrister. Quite how they propose to square their supposed opposition to child abuse with their support for a child killer isn’t clear.

Lee Tam

Lee Tams