Kwasi Kwarteng, the business secretary, appeared on Sophy Ridge on Sunday, during which he was asked about misogyny in light of Devon MP Neil Parish admitting he viewed pornography while at work.
He told the host of Sky News’ flagship political programme: “I don’t think there’s a culture of misogyny [in parliament]. I think the problem we have is that people are working in a really intense environment and they’re long hours.
“I think, generally, most people know their limits - they know how to act respectfully. But there are some instances where people don’t, frankly, act according to the high standards.”
We didn’t know working long hours increases your chances of being misogynistic…
Thankfully Twitter users were quick to point out the ridiculousness of his argument:
#Ridge: Is there a culture of misogyny in Parliament?\n\nKwasi Kwarteng: No... the problem is people are working in a really intense environment & long hours\n\nI'm sure many, many people, outside Parliament, work in intense environments with long hours & you don't see this behaviourpic.twitter.com/hfVkdJuKAw
I\u2019m sick of hearing this excuse that misogyny & abuse happens in parliament because they work long hours \n\nLike nobody else works hard \n\nBack to the drawing board kwasi kwarteng \n\n#raworth #SophyRidge #ToriesOut5thMaypic.twitter.com/uSnrbvL9ao
How come if you ask a male tory MP like @KwasiKwarteng, they say there is NOT a culture of misogyny in Parliament, and yet if you ask a female MP, even tory ones, they say the exact opposite?\n\n#ridge
I work in A&E.\nI think it's fair to say that I work in a very intense environment. \nI've never known anyone who's had to run off for a quick wank following a major trauma.\nKwasi Kwarteng illustrating just how fucked up and immoral his government is.\n#SundayMorning \n#Disgusting
— Sir Ziggy (for services to eating guinea pig shit) (@Sir Ziggy (for services to eating guinea pig shit))
Rees-Mogg reflecting on Kwasi Kwarteng's explanation, that the intense environment in which MPs work, can lead to some MP's watching porn.\n#Ridgepic.twitter.com/pJcrXTkj9W
Always been a bit perplexed how \u2018people work long hours\u2019 can be an explanation to questions around sexism & misogyny. Given that women work long hours in the intense environment of Westminster too, why is it that a majority of complaints seem to relate to men?https://twitter.com/ridgeonsunday/status/1520668894205292546\u00a0\u2026