I admire the Monty Python creation and I think they were men of genius, but they were shits. Cleese, Idle, Graham Chapman. They were horrible [as was Bill Oddie of The Goodies].
In those days, women were not meant to be funny. They were meant to be decorative and I was never decorative so they didn’t like me. And I didn’t like them. My confidence and show-off-ness were very reprehensible, according to the people in the [Cambridge] Footlights.
I only like Eric Idle and Tim Brooke-Taylor [of The Goodies] - I recently connected with him and he did apologise. He was sort of shocked and embarrassed because he hadn’t quite realised what had happened. I don’t know how he missed it.
They went into light entertainment and I went into drama so, thankfully, our paths would seldom cross.
I was a pert little madam. I thought I was as good as they were - and they didn’t. And they thought I was just jumped-up. They were minor public schoolboys, where a lot of that attitude springs from, and weren’t used to dealing with women.
This was before feminism. They found me unbearable and the way they showed that was by refusing to speak to me, sending me to Coventry. It meant during the running of the Footlights review - and I was the only girl in 1962 - they did not speak to me at all.
They made it very clear. I’ve never met cruelty like that. It was a horrible, memorable experience.
Miriam Margolyes — voiceover artist; comedian; actress; BAFTA winner; Professor Sprout; lesbian; sole woman in the 1962 Cambridge Footlights satirical revue alongside John Cleese, Bill Oddie, and Graham Chapman.
Carry them with you wherever you go. When you see something misogynistic, either mark it up or smash it up. If it’s in a store remember: You don’t have to destroy it, you just have to make it unsellable (and therefore unprofitable for the store to stock).
This shit is illegal and if you get caught you will be in trouble–and I take no responsibility for what you do–so keep that in mind, BUT here are some ways to be safer.
Don’t side-eye around to see if anyone is watching you. Nobody is paying you any attention ‘cause you’re just a little woman, remember? Use that to your advantage.
Act like you’re supposed to be doing what you’re doing, not like you’re doing something wrong. People will assume you are correct. If you want to smash a misogynist bumper sticker, act like it’s your car.
When you’re done, WALK AWAY.
Don’t look up. That’s where cameras are. Wear bland clothes that mask any readily identifying features as much as possible (such as crazy colored hair).
Mostly though, and it’s worth saying twice, ACT LIKE YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING WHAT YOU’RE DOING THEN JUST WALK AWAY.
Lastly, hurt things never people.
You aren’t looking to be offended, but there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to respond when misogyny is thrown into your face or your path.
So, when Craig is asked if the character is more “chivalrous” in recent
movies it’s with good reason that he replies: “That’s because we’ve
surrounded him with very strong women who have no problem putting him in
his place.” He also pours scorn on the notion that the film shows 007
“succumbing to the charms” of an older woman. “I think you mean the
charms of a woman his own age,” says Craig. “We’re talking about Monica
Bellucci, for heaven’s sake. When someone like that wants to be a Bond
girl, you just count yourself lucky!”