From Wednesday 13th July, misogyny, including cat-calling, wolf whistling and sexually advancing towards a woman without consent, can be considered a hate crime.
Nottinghamshire Police are now considering misogynistic acts as in the same category as disability or race crimes.
It feels as though women are finally being taken seriously. And with a new female Prime Minister Theresa May, who prides herself on being a powerful feminist, perhaps things are really looking up for sexism in Britain.
The force’s definition of misogynistic hate crime is:
‘Incidents against women that are motivated by an attitude of a man towards a woman, and includes behaviour targeted towards a woman by men simply because they are a woman.’
Chief Constable Sue Fish:
‘What women face, often on a daily basis, is absolutely unacceptable and can be extremely distressing.
‘Nottinghamshire Police is committed to taking misogynistic hate crime seriously and encourages anyone who is affected by it to contact us without hesitation.’
But in wake of such good news, it seems that people’s opinions of misogyny and whether it should be offensive or not are mixed.
Misogyny isn’t a man being kind to a woman, it’s asserting power over another human being by demeaning them – either with sexual advances, offending their right to an opinion by being derogatory, or making them downright uncomfortable about their gender.
But is this too PC for our generation?
What’s your opinion?