“Bodeča neža” award for the most sexist statement of the year is presented by Red Dawns collective and the editorial staff of the web portal spol.si together with the interested public. This dishonourable title can befall on anyone who publicly attacks, degrades and offends others on the basis of one’s gender identity, gender expression and/or sexual orientation.
Particularly people who are active in publicly exposed areas, such as politics, science, (pop) culture, art and media, have a big responsibility to co-create an open, plural and tolerant society. Their position gives them the privilege to help shape public opinion. If they’re spreading sexist viewpoints and ideas, they are normalizing hate speech and legitimizing discrimination from a position of power, which is in opposition with the pursuit of a society of equal opportunities.
Since sexist statements are a daily occurrence in public discourse and are often not reflected, “Bodeča neža” collects, analyses and comments on them and exposes them to public criticism.
The beginnings of “Bodeča neža” date back to January 2013, when the Red Dawns collective came up with the idea of the Pillar of disgrace – a blog, a sort of wall of shame, where sexist ideas were collected and commented on. The same year, during the 14th Red Dawns festival, feminist initiatives and individuals ‘upgraded’ the Pillar with the “Bodeča neža” award, which was first presented on the International Women’s Day, on March 8, 2013. In 2015, the initiative was joined by web portal spol.si. The award’s motif was created by comic book artist and illustrator Anna Ehrlemark.
Red Dawns is a feminist and queer collective, organizing various community gatherings and campaigns. Central and most notable is the international festival of the same name, named after the resourceful street kid, the poor heroine from Kurt Kläber’s novel “Red Zora and her gang”. In 2000, initiators of the festival worked in Autonomous Cultural Centre Metelkova, within associations KUD Mreža, ŠKUC-LL, Monokel and the no longer active Women’s Centre and Kasandra. Since it was evident that women in Metelkova do most of organizational and creative (but at the same time invisible) work, which is crucial for the functioning and vibrancy of such a big cultural centre, they decided to organize a festival on March 8, the International Women’s Day, to open up the public space for socializing and expression of women* on a non-hierarchical, non-exploitative and anti-capitalist basis. The festival mostly takes place in the areas of ACC Metelkova city and Autonomous factory Rog in Ljubljana and is still true to its original purpose and DIY principle.
*The term »women*« includes all transgender, intersex and other sexually non-binary persons.
Web portal spol.si is an autonomous and independent medium without affiliations to political parties that focuses on gender-related topics. It responds analytically to gender inequality, instances of sexism and the reproduction of stereotypes in various fields (in politics, media, art, (pop) culture, science, etc.). It seeks to cover a variety of content areas, from the division of domestic work through political representation and segregation in the labour market to violence in the private sphere, exploitation in prostitution, sexism in the media, gender roles, etc. It pays special attention to thematizing, analysing and problematizing knowledge about men and masculinity, and about women and femininity and other genders. It addresses gender issues in the context of current social, political and economic conditions in Slovenia and the world and in relation to age, race, ethnicity, religion, social status and sexual orientation, taking into account the fact that sources of inequality are intertwined and complementary.
Web portal spol.si is published by Vita Activa association for promotion of equality and plurality. Its purpose is to actively promote equality of human rights and fundamental freedoms regardless of gender and sexual orientation, nationality, language, religion, political or other beliefs, social status, education or any other personal circumstance, with the aim of promoting equality and plurality in society.