How plural need we be here?

Transgender swimmers will be granted full access to Hampstead Heath’s ladies’ pond following a local authority ruling which has sparked protest from feminists and Orthodox Jewish women.

People who identify as transgender now have the right to bathe in the womens-only pond in London which is used by celebrities including the model, Kate Moss and actresses Emma Thompson and Helena Bonham-Carter.

Those who swim in ponds are a minority of course. And so are trans. So, our minority of a minority ends up as being how many people? Something we need to use plural for?

This aside from the manner of the description. Apparently all trans – at least the way they describe it women by source but now not, women by destination but not originally. Which is rather cake and eat it, isn’t it?

Eh?

After which, let me assure all Lexiteers, there will be no upsurge of socialist support in which Corbyn will be swept to power. A government fully committed to a fascist narrative, that it will only amplify when in power, will exist.

Now, as a matter of objective reality, who is the more fascist? Nige or Jezza?

Rilly?

Twonkeys! Donkey gives birth to Britain’s only known living twins who have now been named Ronnie and Reg after the Kray twins

Well, it’s true that Ronnie and Reggie are no longer with us but I’m really pretty sure there are other twins out ther………

Oh, you mean twin donkeys?

Pendantry lives!

Didn’t know this

The key to many of the health benefits of sex is the love hormone – oxytocin. Also sometimes called the cuddle hormone, it can even be released when petting your dog. The same hormone causes contractions in childbirth and is in the pessaries given to induce labour. It’s even in sperm. It’s not a myth that sex can help an overdue baby get going.

Isn’t that wondrous? A sex column in The Guardian that is actually about sex not either the feelz or the patriarchy?

Ah, yes, the far right

Austria’s crisis is a lesson for Europe: far-right parties are unfit to govern
Julia Ebner

That particular party does indeed seem to have had more than just the one scumbag in it.

Leaked video recordings show the now-resigned vice chancellor HC Strache and parliamentary whip Johann Gudenus offer Austrian contracts and assets, including the country’s most widely read media outlet, Kronen Zeitung, to Russian oligarchs in return for campaign support.

So different from offering contracts and assets to prop up Cuba, as Chavez and Maduro have done, isn’t it? Corruption and idiocy being an entirely far right wing construct, obviously.

Amazing how few argue for more freedom

A Conservative peer has criticised the beauty industry, suggesting its “obsession with perfection” is fuelling social media abuse of people with disfigurements.

Minister for Equalities Baroness Williams of Trafford called for tougher regulation of websites so vulnerable people are not targeted by internet trolls.

So, before we had a mass media beauty industry with these impossible standards…..people with disfigurements never were abused, right? Elephant Man didn’t wear a sack over his head?

Ah….

No it bloody isn’t

The Clotilda was a slave ship similar to the one on the left”

 

Nonsense. Bugger all chance that something rigged like that did a fast passage of the Atlantic in 1860. To say nothing of running the trading blockade off the African coast.

The BBC has amended the image to this:

That looks rather more believable.

Very twisted reasoning here

Trans people need to fight to protect abortion, this ban impacts us too

Rilly?

….but we face our own particular set of challenges on top of access to abortion. This includes access to sperm banks and freezing eggs to be able to pro-create, as hormone therapy and especially genital surgery can render people unable to conceive or get pregnant. Making sure trans people have access to this is therefore a reproductive rights issue.

So artificial conception is the same thing and cause as unconception?

On that Curajus State

As a rule, the people who became commissars were the ones who couldn’t find another job. They were not very smart but were very conceited, self important individuals, especially after they had been given a taste of power, and especially over other people. Those who were thinking about a career in the party system, who could speak loudly and authoritatively from a podium, and who curried favor with the boss, these people could climb the party ladder quickly, and high up.

This doesn’t sound like little clue

By the 1970s he was a self-employed painter-decorator in London, but had little clue what he was doing. On one occasion he was redecorating a large house in Clapham where the owner wanted a downstairs lavatory painted in a terracotta colour. Having run out of money, Arthur whitewashed the walls, installed an orange lightbulb and after dark showed off his handiwork to the owner, disappearing before daylight revealed the truth.

That sounds very clued in indeed actually.

Dear Lord Above

Alexa, why does the brave new world of AI have all the sexism of the old one?
Yomi Adegoke

Because we’re dealing with human beings love. A sexually dimorphic species.

For years, we have looked forward to a future in which our lives are made easier by technology, but in it women (or rather, robots anthropomorphised as women) are still not free from the gender binary. And that is because real women aren’t either. It seems we envisage sexism even in society at its most advanced and progressive. We imagine our eventual overlords as male, but our helpers as aproned females – like the Jetsons’ maid, Rosie. A true technological utopia for women would be one where the future of AI isn’t female, but genderless, as all work should be.

We can – and we do – change the societal manifestations of that dimorphism. But eradicating it is only going to come when we’re a different species…..

I get very confused by the American word “dating”

For I don’t actually know what it means.

Sure, I know what “a date” is. I can think of a range of meanings for “dating”. But what is it taken to mean generally?

Moby has insisted that he and Natalie Portman did date, a day after the Oscar-winning actress denied they had been in a relationship and described him as “creepy”.

Portman, in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, dismissed claims in Moby’s book that the pair had been romantically involved.

“I was surprised to hear that he characterised the very short time that I knew him as dating because my recollection is a much older man being creepy with me when I just had graduated high school,” she said.

The American singer responded on Wednesday, and swore that he was telling the truth, posting a photograph of the pair together on Instagram.

Does “dating” mean they went for ice cream together? In which case, so what? Or does it mean they bonked? In which case Moby should be horsewhipped for bringing the subject up of course.

What bastards!

BBC pays experienced bid more than inexperienced.

In an email to staff, Allen said: “I regret that Karen has decided not to take this opportunity. I think it important to explain what has happened in this instance.

“As you know, we don’t have fixed rates for jobs. Instead we have pay ranges as agreed with our unions.

“In setting pay for this particular role we have taken the view that Roger and Karen would be doing roles of equal weight as Deputy Editors of the Radio Newsroom.

“We also took into account the fact that Roger has worked at or above this level for several years whereas Karen was offered this role as a promotion, with a significant pay increase.

“We think most people would understand that these factors would result in some difference between their individual pay.

That’s the entire NHS pay system entirely borked then, eh? What with annual increments ?

How unlike feminists to ignore facts

This is just wondrous:

AI assistants with female voices are fuelling gender bias and reinforcing the patriarchy with submissive and coquettish responses to men, the UN has said.

Services such as Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri suggest that women are “docile helpers, available at the touch of a button or with a blunt voice command like ‘hey’”, the organisation said.

Feminists have previously criticised the technology companies for perpetuating Victorian stereotypes of women as subservient and men as masterful by casting digital assistants as female.

Now the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, Unesco, has said in a report that the assistants “replicate patriarchal ideas”. “In many communities this reinforces commonly held gender biases that women are subservient and tolerant of poor treatment,” the authors wrote.

The female version of Siri in particular provided the illusion of “a heterosexual female, tolerant and occasionally inviting of male sexual advances and even harassment”. The report highlighted Siri’s response when told by a reporter: “You’re a slut.” On different occasions, the reply was: “I’d blush if I could,” “Well, I never!” and “Now, now.”

Such design was the result of tech companies’ “overwhelmingly male engineering teams”, the researchers said. They noted that there had been no mention in multiple testimonials of a man changing a female voice to male.

Among recommended changes is a requirement that digital assistants “announce” they are not human at the start of interactions with people. Tech companies should stop giving the assistants female voices by default and users should have a choice on sign-up, including a gender-neutral option, the team said.

We can write the rest of the whine on autopilot, can’t we? Except the next sentence is just delicious:

Siri has a male voice by default in the UK.