news and views

Two snippets from the news have caught my eye this week.

Firstly, I gather from this tweet from the Independent that I must have missed something about new government policies on euthanasia:

Tweet: "pensioners to be told how long they have left to live"
I wonder how much warning they intend to give before carting us off to be processed into Soylent Green.

Secondly, I learned a new word:
BBC website headline: UN Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo says UK has 'sexist culture'
Presumably we could argue that the language is sexist as she has to use the masculine form of the title. (Though if the feminine form existed, would the headline have had to refer to “UNE Special Rapporteuse”?)

My journalistic side likes the idea of striking up a rapport with a story rather than reporting on it. Indeed, I rather fancy being a “special rapporteuse” when I grow up (assuming there’s still enough time – I’d better check with the government.)

It sounds to me as if it’d entail a life full of good relationships, witty banter, shared allusions and in-jokes. Probably with a fair amount of innuendo and double entendre (as in, “she asked for a double entendre and the barman gave her one.”) Which probably goes to support Ms Manjoo’s opinion, although it might also clarify that sexist attitudes aren’t always imposed on women by men.

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2 thoughts on “news and views”

  1. It bemuses me that a reporter told to look into violence against a gender has decided that it’s a gender based issue.

    The bemusement is magnified when support for her study, made by Katy Lettes (Australian), include wonders such as “Even though females make up 50 per cent of the workforce, we’re still doing 99 per cent of the house work.”

    I must congratulate men on never doing more than one cup a day. It must be hard knowing where to draw the line.

    By listening to her story (because that is the first thing you should do if you respect her viewpoint), she condemns the media portrayal of women, and then admits to not having looked at the media portrayal of women.

    Mention of the “/Indications/ of the /portrayal/…from a boy’s club sexist culture…does /lead/ to /implications/…which also came through from my meetings with government…”, so the British media and Government are a boys club then. No real news or change there since 1946, when the UN first decided Women should have this representative to stop this sort of thing. That’s not specifically sexist, more nepotism and oligarchy.

    The interesting thing is how the media have portrayed this woman since. Claims about the UK being the most sexist country have been bandied around, but Rashida Manjoo, as that’s her name, hasn’t made her report yet. This was purely an interview.

    So, in summation, woman paid to look into misrepresentation of women finds it, gets misrepresented. And here’s Bob with the weather.

    P.S. The Government have earmarked £40m to end all violence against women. Perhaps found from the all the clinics dedicated to women’s health and well-being that they’ve already closed.


    1. So, in summation, woman paid to look into misrepresentation of women finds it, gets misrepresented. And here’s Bob with the weather.

      I gather it’s going to rain before the weekend’s over; good job I got the washing done and dried: I’ll be able to do indoor chores when it turns wet. (Being a woman and having much housework to do, these are the things that matter to me.)

      Incidentally, I think you were ranting. I’m the only one who’s allowed to rant on my blog(!).


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