When the British Broadcasting Corporation banned a BBC TV series because it was about sex, it was wrong.
Now, the BBC has apologised and the series is back on.
But that didn’t stop critics who felt the decision was sexist from criticising the decision.
Some of the most scathing critiques came from feminists and activists.
The BBC said it was an “important milestone” for women to be “part of the workforce and be allowed to participate in the workforce”.
But many others felt the BBC’s decision was based on its political agenda and should have been reversed.
“It is absolutely ridiculous that a BBC decision based on ideology is a valid and acceptable basis for the termination of an entire production that has dealt with complex issues of gender inequality and sexual exploitation,” said the BBC in a statement.
“This decision does not reflect the views of the BBC or its audience.”‘
Sexist’ BBC TV shows and other media have been banned since 2005 over allegations of sexual violence and other misconduct.
But critics said the decision to remove a series based on a sexual relationship was an affront to women, a sign of the network’s hostility towards the female body and its viewers.
“It’s sexist that they are making this decision based upon sexual behaviour, which is not a crime,” said Jessica Valenti, the head of women’s advocacy group End Violence Against Women.
“In the absence of evidence, a show like this has been deemed ‘sexist’ by many.”
The BBC said that the series would be restored, but it will now be up to individual studios and networks to decide whether or not to renew the series.