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Freedom of what?

Sexist remarks and wolf-whistles could become criminal offences | Society | The Guardian

Salacious whistles and sexist comments may fall foul of new laws against sexual harassment to which Britain is signing up, the prime minister will announce on Thursday.

The pledge to criminalise "verbal, non-verbal or physical" sexual harassment is one of the commitments in the Council of Europe's convention on violence against women, which David Cameron will commit to signing at a special event to mark International Women's Day.

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".

So if anyone criticises my choice of suit as being cut for a younger man I will be able to sue. In fact if you so much as raise an eyebrow at my purple crushed velvet loon pants you are for it. Oh happy days!


How do you know a verbal communication is unwanted until you have made the communication and the recipient has decided it is unwanted - by which time it is too late ? And since when did the 'victim' decide whether the perpetrator had committed a crime or not - depending on their attitude at the time ?

Womens lib has gone mad. How on earth can anyone decide what is an unwanted action, it can vary dependingont he situation. and since the action will not be recorded who will ever know what actually happened. Maybe in the UK it will be recorded as it seems everbody is being watched 24 hours a day. "do you like my new tie?" did you say no, how dare you. I will sue you sir for your poor judgeent of my bad taste. Nuts.

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