Misogynistic Attacks On Jennie Formby Spark Outrage
Monica Lennon MSP has slammed Scottish Labour activist Ian Smart over his misogynistic attacks on Labour’s new general secretary, Jennie Formby.
Smart, a lawyer and noted Scottish Labour activist, implied that Jennie Formby had received the job because she had a prior relationship with Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey, a baseless slur, and one that is all too familiar to any woman in a position of power. Formby has been a trade union official and activist in her own right for decades.
But Lennon, Scottish Labour’s Equalities Spokesperson, slammed Smart for his comments on twitter, stating:
In an article for the Red Robin, Lennon didn’t hold back:
“Women are still treated like dirt by some men. Toxic behaviour towards women is happening in every workplace, in every community and is evident on every social media platform that exists. From the passive-aggressive keyboard warriors to the ‘handsy’ types you run a mile from, women can spot a misogynist and a creep when we see one. The trouble is, when we call it out, the tables are often turned and it’s us as women who are left to take the blame.”
The sexist vitriol faced by women online has been a recurring theme over the past year as social media’s role in politics is examined. There can be zero tolerance for this in the Labour Party.
It isn’t the first time Smart has landed himself in hot water - in 2015 he was temporarily suspended from the party after calling the SNP ‘fascist scum.’ John Ruddy, a former candidate for the party in Angus North and Mearns also shared the offensive tweet, though subsequently backtracked and claimed he was merely bringing it to people’s attention.