Pink Toys & Housework – Really? Who Cares?

Posted on January 7th, 2014 by - 2 comments

There was a strong wind of discontent reported in the press recently when a company was criticised for its toy pink dustpan and brush set which was very Pink cleaning setsquarely aimed at girls. Having missed the original story I went on line to look at the offending object (well, I’d done all my household chores for the day and was just darning the men’s socks, so I was allowed).

I found my eye drawn to some of the comments under the original piece. Most were saying this was a storm in a tea cup (presumably  a floral and pink one), that these things did not matter and people were making a mountain out of a molehill.

There may conceivably come a time when these things don’t matter. On that day I will be able to:

  • Open my newspaper and see as many pages dedicated to women’s sport as men; check it out, most days you are lucky to find one paragraph in usually about a third of any newspaper given over to men’s sport.
  • Watch a comedy panel programme which has as equal a representation of women as men. Crikey, there may even be more women than men! Yes, Have I Got News For You and others, I do mean you. One token woman every few programmes is not gender equality and certainly not funny.
  • Make the above comment without a clamouring of ‘but women aren’t funny‘ responses.
  • Open the i paper’s Twittersphere column and see as many women as men not just one out of 7. Over the holidays they had 9 ‘pithy’ (no I haven’t got a lisp) comments culled from the previous day’s Twitter posts. One was a woman. I surmise because that woman was Caitlin Moran they thought it counted for more. Some days a woman never gets a look in at all. Clearly women say nothing of worth on Twitter.
  • Say – yes, we used to have something called Page 3? No, grandchildren, I am not joking. Yes, I know, why on earth would a NEWSpaper want to put young women’s bosoms in every day. No, no one would even think of doing it now, it’s so degrading to women.
  • Not even notice when a woman is given a high profile appointment because women will be equally represented everywhere and it won’t be a news story.
  • Rejoice because so called ‘women’s issues’ will get genuine equal treatment under the law and that law will have been equally as influenced by women as men.
  • Enjoy the changes the female Pope is making to the Vatican….

I could go on and on and on and this is just relevant to the UK, but you get my drift.

How would a gender equal world look to you? Please do share your ideas, funny or serious.

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New Year’s Resolutions – Why Women Do It Differently

Posted on January 2nd, 2014 by - 0 comments

Have you made any resolutions this year? Do you think they are helpful? Richard Wiseman, a UK psychologist, undertook some research into new year resolutions; his team tracked over 3,000 people attempting to do a whole range of things, such as losing weight, joining and going to the gym, stopping smoking or drinking less. He discovered, (Ta Dah!) that men and women are NOT the same in this area. Men and Women ARE Different Perhaps unsurprisingly to all of us

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Happy Holidays (If appropriate)

Posted on December 22nd, 2013 by - 0 comments

I am a huge fan of Christmas but I recognise that a) not everyone celebrates it, and b) even if they do they might not like it much. Which is fair enough. As my Mum has always said, “It wouldn’t do for us all to be the same“. So, whatever you like or don’t like, and whatever and however you celebrate, I wish you happiness for it. I hope you get a good break and a chance to recharge your

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Inspirational Woman – Joan Smith

Posted on December 10th, 2013 by - 4 comments

I have long admired the journalist Joan Smith for her brave and fearless writing: even when I don’t agree with what she says (it’s rare but it happens) I usually applaud her reasoning and style, and she’s always interesting. I have a confession to make though – until I did a little research for this interview (for ‘research’ read ‘Googling’) I didn’t realise that she was the author of *five detective novels as well as her non-fiction books. If the

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Your Top Three Tips for 2014

Posted on December 10th, 2013 by - 4 comments

Well, I hope we’ll end up with your top tips as well as mine… To start, imagine you’re asked to share your top three success tips from 2013, what would you say? We’re often spectacularly good at remembering what went wrong but we sometimes need a bit of encouragement to remember what actually worked for us. Mistakes happen, of course, and we can learn from them. Don’t dwell too long on them, however, or you will sap your confidence in

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That Lily Allen Video

Posted on December 6th, 2013 by - 0 comments

I’ve had quite a few folk recently ask me if I’ve seen Lily Allen’s video. I have. But quite a few of the folk asking me haven’t. So here it is. Here are a couple of verses: You’re not a size six, and you’re not good looking Well, you better be rich, or be real good at cooking You should probably lose some weight ‘Cause we can’t see your bones You should probably fix your face or you’ll end up

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