Woke complainers want to ban the Cerne Abbas giant
Woke complainers want to ban the famous carving of the Cerne Abbas giant and its penis from a magazine cover over claims it is a symbol of “toxic masculinity”.
The picture of the hill carving is used on the front of publication, Giant Dongle, produced by a Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) branch.
The 180ft chalk giant with its 35ft erect penis is thought to be 1500 years old.
West Dorset branch magazine is 13 years old and has a quarterly distribution of 2,500 copies.
Writing on Camra’s Discourse messaging site, advertising rep John Galpin said: “It’s immature masculinity.
“It sends a message that members are little boys who make penis jokes.
“Any woman seeing that could be excused for thinking Camra is full of men waving their penises around whilst drinking beer.
“At a time when we are trying to be more inclusive it’s totally inappropriate. I for one wouldn’t want anything to do with it.”
The giant is believed to have been built by the Anglo Saxons in honour of their god of health, Helith.
Tour guide Gary Chester said: “It brings to mind innuendo-filled saucy postcards from Blackpool.”
He added that Camra took the “moral high ground” in removing beers with sexist names from festivals.
He said: “If nothing else, this shows us not walking the talk.”
Will Larter added: “Puerile and offensive.”
But Alexandra Bardswell, from West Dorset Camra, said: “I think it’s great and funny on a magazine, including the word Dongle.”
Tony Wells from Camra’s Kent branch said: “I suspect that in 13 years no objections have been raised regarding its name and logo.”
Bruce Mead, chair of West Dorset Camra concluded the conversation as he insisted that all views would be considered.
He said: “These points were already a topic of discussion. We will continue this at a meeting, taking into consideration the views expressed.”