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Published on September 26th, 2013 | by Flipside

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FemSoc seeks destruction of ‘phallic’ Walter Scott Monument

Edinburgh City Council and the Walter Scott Foundation came under fire this week for their continued support of Princes Street’s Walter Scott Monument despite allegations that the historic monument is blatantly phallic, patriarchal and perpetuates the outdated myth of masculine supremacy in modern society.

Joanne Smith, Secretary of FemSoc, stated that the monument was a “disgrace to the city” and its proud tradition of “breeding and sustaining students with aggressive quasi-political opinions on matters that bear no relevance to the lives of ordinary people”. Following an emergency meeting of FemSoc, the society voted by an overwhelming majority to have the Monument destroyed in order to liberate the women of Edinburgh from the towering symbol of the male penis. Scott, who began studying Classics at the University at the age of only 12, was unable to comment as he is dead.

This is not the first time that FemSoc have criticised sexist aspects of Scottish architecture. Earlier this year the society condemned the domes of Old College and Potterrow as “clearly making puerile and excessively laddish reference to two large, though admittedly spaced apart, breasts”. Furthermore, several factions within the society have demanded that the Scottish Parliament be demolished on the grounds that it is “clearly a pathetic male attempt to envisage what a vagina probably looks like”.

The actions of FemSoc were likely inspired by the recent condemnation of the London Eye as one “large, rotating tit” by students at University College London in May of this year, and motions put forward in the French National Assembly to scale down the size of the Eiffel Tower in order to present a less macho image of Paris.

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