‘Women attend university to find a husband,’ Says PoliticianBy Staff Reporter
The Labour Party in the United Kingdom has demanded an apology from Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, for his 'outdated opinions' about 'female students only attend university to find a husband' saying that the remarks were insulting to women.
"Boris Johnson may think his buffoonery allows him to get away with his outdated opinions but this isn't funny," Kate Green MP, Labour's Shadow Equality Minister, said. "These comments are insulting to the women across the country and across the world who have gone to university, worked hard and used their talents to get on. He should apologise."
Everyday Sexism, a sexism campaign group said that the comments were 'pathetically archaic, unacceptably sexist and hopelessly out of touch.'
Johnson made the sexist remarks last week, during the launch of the World Islamic Economic Forum with Najib Razak, the prime minister of Malaysia.
When Razak was questioned about the role of women in Islamic societies, he said "Before coming here, my officials have told me that the latest university intake in Malaysia, a Muslim country, 68 per cent will be women entering our universities."
Johnson then intervened by saying that the female students Razak was referring to 'have got to find men to marry.'
The Telegraph said that an unnamed source at City Hall, close to the Mayor defended his comments, by saying that the comments were made in a 'completely light-hearted' manner and had been 'misconstrued.' The comments were 'off the cuff' and said they were 'clearly intended as a joke.'
"He does not, of course, think that at all," the source said.
Another source present at the event said that the remarks were seen as a joke by the audience.
Here is the top 10 Worst Sexist Remarks in U.S:
1 - "What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute," said Rush Limbaugh, a conservative American radio talk show host on Sandra Fluke's attempt to assert on the necessity of employer-provided birth control in front of a government committee.
2- "Wouldn't it be funny if that girl got raped by like, five guys right now?" said Daniel Tosh, a German-born, American stand-up comedian when a female audience member tried to interrupt his show at the Laugh Factory.