The country’s chief medical officer has hit out at “sexist” attacks after being accused of a “nannying” approach.
Professor Dame Sally Davies questioned the BBC’s Nick Robinson on whether a male counterpart would have been given the label.
She was speaking after the UK’s chief medical officers said families should ban phones at bedtime and keep them away from the dinner table.
In an awkward exchange on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Dame Sally was questioned about the nannying claims by Mr Robinson.
He asked her: “You always have this question, so I know you are familiar with it – this balance you have to get between nannying on the one hand, or being accused of it at least, and on the other hand banality, stating things that are obvious.”
Dame Sally shot back: “I thought you were going to be sexist.”
Robinson asked, “What bit of that is sexist?” and Dame Sally replied: “I wonder whether you would say to a male chief medical officer…”
A man who came out with this tosh would be told to fuck off you cunt.
So it’s not sexism it’s just politeness. Or even, it is sexism and aren’t you glad we are being so?
To be slightly more serious there’s an interesting point here. Yes, indeed, women are equal and can and should be doing any and every job and all that. And yet there’s something that all too many still don’t quite get. Quite how brutal men are to each other. And we’ve still got, very strongly, the social insistence that we don’t treat women in the workforce in the manner we entirely happily would men.
That is, we’re nowhere near equal treatment and women would, in general, be entirely horrified to find out what that would be if we were.