Anorak | David Cameron’s wolf whistle politics – making saucy whistling a crime

David Cameron’s wolf whistle politics – making saucy whistling a crime

by | 8th, March 2012

DAVID Cameron is out to ban the wolf whistle. Well, so says the Sun . The less sensational story is that Cameron is to sign the country up to Council of Europe’s convention on violence against women.

The Guardian writes:

Among the pledges in the convention, which has already been signed by 18 countries including Germany, France and Ukraine, is one to pass legislation or other measures to criminalise or impose other sanctions for “unwanted verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature with the purpose or effect of violating the dignity of a person, in particular when creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment”.

Unwanted? How do you qualify unwanted?

Better to rebrand the wold whistle to something less predatory, like the frog whistle or the teddy bear whistle. Wolves don’t whistle. But rabbits might.

Helen Rumbelow told Times readers in 2011:

When the news emerged that two builders were suspended from work for wolf-whistling a woman in Royston, Hertfordshire, I wasn’t shocked. I was jealous. No, not of her, of course. Of them.

She can’t whistle. And if Roger Whittacker and One Man and His Dog have taught us anything it is that this country loves a Great British whistler.

Of course the legislation is not just about whistling. It’s about protecting women, and the men in charge looking like they can. Cameron and his ‘fag’ Nick Clegg mark International

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