Even before this recent expenses scandal and rubbish apology Maria Miller has never really been a candidate for being carried shoulder high through the streets of London. Or her constituency Basingstoke. Or anywhere really. She's never really captured our imaginations other than with a meme you have no doubt seen doing the rounds on your social networking sites.
You know the one. Yeah you do. This one! It listed a record that would probably make someone incompatible with the post and term equality. The blogTips for Radicals posted about it with some corrections: "Presumably someone immediately jumped onto Public Whip to check her credentials. Yet it's a strange image - there are no sources, no identifier as to who put it together, and the wording of some of the claims is very peculiar. So, after seeing it shared for about the 200th time, I thought I'd check it out"
Miller has never really been a candidate for being carried shoulder high through the streets
By linking to John Rentoul's pieceIn Partial Defence of Maria Miller Mary Beard has found herself in the no doubt unexpected position of kind of, sort ofâ¦defending Maria Miller. Or rather pointing out there are plenty of real flaws to pick on without falling back on fabrication or focusing on Miller's womanhood.
Beard clarified: "I'm not supporting Maria Miller (or more important the expenses system);but am shocked by aggressive, sexist, misogynist tweets against her." Beard invited people to look up the words "Miller and cunt" on Twitter to see the treatment the minister was receiving.
How do we deal with women who commit criminal acts or offend us with their ill thought out behaviour? How do we express our anger? The best way is of course to stick to the facts. That's facts based in what Miller or any other woman has done that has resulted in either a Good Thing or Bad Thing. This should not be hard.
Just as we should not equate Eric Pickle's fatness with his poor policies. He does not make those decisions because he is fat. Nor is he fat because he makes those decisions so what's the point in mentioning it? Of course I could have picked another politician who I think awful with another physicality society sees as a flaw. It would not have made them any more or less controlled by said flaw. We must not equate a woman's cunt with her cuntiness. Attack MPs and other public figures for ill-judged or wrong actions. There's plenty to choose from, anything else is a distraction.
Stick to the facts and don't cite genitals.