I am informed that seven naked women on billboards across Poland are stirring passions in the country’s already overheated election campaign.
The poster is an attempt by the newly founded Women’s Party to alert female voters to what it believes is the real political problem in Poland: male chauvinism. Polish politics, says the party’s founder, the novelist Manuela Gretkowska, is run by men in suits on behalf of other men in suits. The party has taken up the cudgels against right-wing religious parties – such as the League of Polish Families, which wants to tighten the already restrictive abortion laws – and the male-dominated political spectrum. They argue that the status of women in Poland has deteriorated, especially undert the nationalist Government of Jaroslaw Kaczynski. It wants free contraception, an increase in the number of gynacologists, a right to pain-free birth, expanded child care, equal pay and pension rights. “The poster is intended to shatter stereotypes in the anachronistic world of politics,” said Ms Gretkowska. “We are beautiful, nude and proud.”
Not quite sure if getting naked is the ideal way to smash the political status-quo in Poland but it always gets the attention of the media! I dare say there may well have been the odd car accident across Poland as foolish men gaped at the Woman’s Party credentials. Here in Northern Ireland, we also had a Woman’s Party. When I think of those who led it, such as Monica McWilliams, I thank God that they never decided to pursue this idea of electioneering. It’s the naked lust for power tha disturbs me most!