To Replace The Discussion Of Ugandan Affairs – Ratchawallop

This has a certain ring to it, doesn’t it? Ratchawallop?

We will now have to diverge from the Private Eye euphemism of discussing Ugandan Affairs.

Thai playboy king anoints lover as his official concubine

OK, fair enough, what’s the point of being King if you can’t do this sort of thing? It’s this bit:

She also received four medals, including the “most noble order of the crown of Thailand” and the “most exalted order of the white elephant, special class”.

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UN Insists Women Should Stay Home And Look After Their Babies

This seems a rather career limiting insistence by the United Nations – that women really must just stay home with their babies for the good of the future society. For that is what is being said with this statement that longer maternity leaves are, by definition, good:

UK among least family-friendly countries in OECD, survey finds
League table compiled based on parental leave and childcare levels puts UK in bottom third

The assumption really is that more maternity leave is better.…

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Socialism Is For Women, Capitalism For Men – Remove The Female Vote Therefore

An interesting little survey from the United States showing that this idea of votes for women was a bad one. Or, to be a little less jocular about it, that there really are differences between men and women, on average and in general, and it’s not just the details of the plumbing arrangements.

Four in 10 Americans prefer socialism to capitalism, poll finds

That just shows that four in ten are either dim or ill informed.…

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We’ll Never Solve The Rape Trial Problem And Not Just Because Men Are Pigs

Nor is our rape trial problem because we inhabit a patriarchy, nor even because the underlying problem is purely about consent to an entirely legal activity. It is, obviously enough, legal to have sex – we don’t go around jailing mothers purely on the grounds that they must have bumped uglies at some point. The defining line between rape and not rape is that issue of consent. Yes, of course, non-consent should be a crime, is a crime and will continue to be one.…

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Don’t Be Silly, Of Course Boris Johnson Is A Feminist

There’s a certain amount of confused thinking going on here and it’s not by us:

Boris Johnson ridiculed for claiming he is a feminist

Why ridiculed?

Boris Johnson’s claim that he is a feminist has been ridiculed by Labour MP Jess Phillips. Ms Phillips, a prominent campaigner on women’s rights, said: ‘If Boris Johnson is a feminist, then I went to Eton.’

We have considerable evidence that Boris rather likes women, don’t we? Even that he gave  a woman a lift to exercise her natural right to have an abortion.…

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If Spalding Has A Boys School And A Girls School Why Not Gendered Activities?

One of these little events that rather seems to have got blown out of proportion. Up in Lincolnshire the local schools were offering, to primary school pupils, the opportunity to come see what the big boys and girls do when they move onto the Big School. Part of that community reachout – what we might more usefully call marketing to the target population – so that people have more information about where they’d like to go to suffer the agonies of puberty.…

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The Russian Bonus For Wearing Short Skirts To Work – You Think We’ve A Patriarchy?

Having actually lived in Russia for some years this story just does amuse. A firm is promoting the idea of “femininity” at work for a month and this includes a bonus for turning up to work in a short skirt. Plus a dumpling making competition. And to think that there are people who claim modern Britain is a patriarchy in which women are oppressed.

But you know, foreign countries, foreign ways:

A Russian company is reportedly offering female employees a bonus for wearing short skirts to work, saying that it will “brighten up their work days”.

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The Lewis Chessman And The Deeply, Deeply, Unperceptive Antiques Dealer

This is a nice little story. The Lewis Chessmen are a set of chess and other game pieces that were discovered up there in porridgeland in 1831. They’re of Viking design, carved of walrus ivory. Very distinctive. Really rather famous too, it’s possible to buy replica sets to use on your own chess board – parents used to have one.

And now we get the story that one of those pieces, been missing all these years, has turned up.…

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A Particularly Idiot Argument Over Jack The Ripper

So there’s an historian suggesting that the victims of Jack the Ripper weren’t in fact regular prostitutes. Fair enough and why not, both fun and informative to chew over the old evidence and see if minds should be changed. Then we’ve got those parallels that people try to draw with the present. For what would be a right on and woke column about such without referring to modern day murders of sex workers?

Every GCSE student knows that sources can be open to interpretation and that there will always be particular groups invested in keeping those interpretations fixed.

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The Marxist Explanation For Miss India’s All Pasty White Complexion Finalists

To start with a question – doesn’t anyone read Jane Austen any more? For that is all that is needed to understand why all the finalists in this year’s Miss India contest seem to have the same rather pale and white complexion. Certainly, rather paler and whiter than the general run of the mill complexion seen across India.

We can also offer a Marxist interpretation – it’s a class thing, innit?

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