Women. Oh dear. What are we doing to ourselves? Over the past 10 days I happened to have noticed a number of news features dedicated to the plight of us ‘poor women’. So I thought I’d bring my findings to the attention of Trivial Pursuit for further scrutiny.
In Sport – 5th November
A report released by the Commission of the Future of Women’s Sport (try to find the strength to continue reading) claims investment in women’s sports ‘lags far behind’ that of men’s. Yawn.
Chairman of the report, eleven-times Paralympic champion Baroness Grey-Thompson, said “It’s a real challenge because people are saying that women are as skilled as men [and] as aspirational, so it doesn’t quite make sense.”
Actually Baroness Grey-Thompson, to me it makes perfect sense: Women aren’t that interested in sports.
Sorry, I must be fair and PC, so let me re-phrase: MOST women aren’t AS interested in MOST sports, as men.
In Banking – 10th November
Helen Rumbelow writes in The Times that her bank is sexist because the mortgage applications of mothers-to-be and new mothers are being rejected for fear they won’t be paid back, due to dallying over when (or even if) women will return to work. Trivial Pursuits contributor, Marcus Watson, responded with a scathing attack in the Rantings section of this website, stamping her statement uninformed before calling her an idiot.
In my opinion, he’s right.
In Law – 14th November
The second most senior judge in England and Wales proposed that women and ethnic minority groups be favoured above white men, who are equally qualified, when it comes to hiring for top jobs in law. Granted this judge was a man (Master of the Rolls, Lord Neuberger, no less) but this is still a ridiculous concept – almost as ridiculous as the contradictory phrase used to justify this type of illogical thinking: positive discrimination.
In Government – 15th November
On Tuesday it was inferred that the government plans to appoint ‘a new female special adviser’ to ‘vet policy for women’. Another Baroness (Jenkin of Kennington) claims such a position is necessary to ‘make sure that every policy is looked at through women’s eyes’.
Why? Our eyesight is somehow different to a man’s, is that it?
In Short –
Whilst I am all for equality in every which way, it irritates me beyond words that some women claim to speak on behalf of all women when they wave their sexist flags. It is as if they are convinced there is some sort of worldwide chauvinistic conspiracy against all women everywhere; a shrewdly conceived plot conjured from powers above and drip fed into every echelon of society. What utter nonsense. If the situation in Europe tells us anything, it’s that world leaders can agree on nothing.
I’d therefore like to take this small opportunity to whisper (prefaced by the assertion that most women I know won’t actually find it offensive):
Seriously dears, calm down
by Beenie Langley