What’s that coppery, steely, thing?

Countess of Wessex urges Commonwealth to secure gender equality as Queen awaits report of ‘full and productive outcomes’

Bird whose social position and income relies entirely on who she spreads her legs for demands gender equality?

So, what? He provides a title, a palace and an income and he still has to do the washing up?

We can see the problem here

A couple are bringing up a gender-neutral child by keeping its sex a secret even from close family.

Hobbit Humphrey, 38, and Jake England-Johns, 35, call their 17-month-old by the pronoun “they” and dress them in both girls’ and boys’ clothing.

Calling a girl Hobbit was always going to cause trouble now, wasn’t it?

Still, if lots of people do this we’re going to get, soon enough, a useful answer to that socialisation of gender thing, aren’t we?

Because there are going to be some very annoyed people when the pubertal hormones kick in and nature reasserts.

Harriet Harman’s advertisement for feminism

Harriet Harman has claimed female MPs will be made “invisible” if the next speaker of the House of Commons is a man.

The Mother of the House, who said she will run for the position in the wake of John Bercow’s resignation, said she felt it was important that the next person to hold the chair was a woman.

“We have had 157 speakers so far in Parliament’s history and only one woman ever,” she told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday.

She added that while there were currently more than 200 female members of the House of Commons, with a man as prime minister and a man as the leader of the opposition, “if we put a man in the chair, it will render all those women invisible”.

Overblown and nonsensical hysteria in pursuit of personal gain from a woman. Such an advertisement for feminism……

Because, because

Just 34.4% of cases referred by the police to the CPS during 2018-19 resulted in a charge – in 2014 the rate was 62%.

Despite a sharp increase in the number of rapes being reported to the police, far fewer defendants were prosecuted and convicted of the crime last year.

There is some number of rapes in the country each year. Far too many, obviously, one is too many.

There are always some rapes where the facts cannot be established. Not sufficiently to lead to a conviction at least. Sad but there we are, an inevitable byproduct of having to prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

So, assume the number of rapes doesn’t change. The reports of rapes rise. What’s likely to happen to hte conviction rate? It’ll fall, right? Because the increase in reporting is likely to be of the marginal cases.

It’s not despite therefore, it’s because.

My word, really?

The closure of Teen Vogue’s print publication was met with widespread outrage, after we had watched the magazine mature into a politically engaged tome for pubescent readers who cared about fashion, but also wanted to ensure that the climate crisis hadn’t scorched the world in which it could exist.

You mean pubescents would prefer to be pubescent?

The sad thing is that the current purge is happening at a time when women’s magazines are less sexist and more progressive than they ever have been.

So what is it the audience actually wants then?

Well, yes, suppose so

Why do so many men have such poor prospects? There are various theories including, Lichter notes, the “gig economy of unstable, low-paying service jobs”. But you know what’s easier than blaming the economy? Blaming women! The fact women are struggling to find suitable husbands has caused glee in conservative circles. US shock-jock Rush Limbaugh says this story shows feminism has come back to bite women “in the butt”. “They’re earning money, but they still have the same attitude about marriage,” he crowed.

I hate to say this, but Limbaugh does have a very tiny point. I’m struck by how many empowered women regress to the 1950s when it comes to marriage. They fight for equality at work, but still have traditional expectations when it comes to men proposing with expensive diamond rings. And the idea that marrying a rich dude is something one should aspire to is still very much entrenched in society. The rise of “economically unattractive” men isn’t just bad news for guys – it reflects poorly on us all.

Why would the last 50 years of increasing economic equality change the 100,000 years of hypergamy?

Can these people count?

Another added: “They’ve really axed Fireman Sam for being a male? This is the world our children are growing up in! Being male is now a problem?”

However, London Fire Brigade supported the decision and wrote on Twitter: “The use of the outdated term Fireman ingrains especially in the young that it is a male only role.

“We’ve been called firefighters for 30 years and just ask everyone to call us our job title. And that will stop excluding our women firefighters & encourage more to join.”

Ben Selby, FBU executive council member for the East Midlands, said the term “fireman” was “archaic”, adding: “Women firefighters risk their lives every single day – calling them by their rightful title, firefighter, should not be too much to ask.”

In the same article we are told:

According to Government statistics, 5.2% of firefighters in England were women in 2017.

Dunno about you but 94.8% right looks pretty good to me for government work.

Because we’re not women

Parenting a teen is as intense as a baby, but very different. Why don’t we talk about it more?

Sure women are important, they hold up half the sky. But still, men go do stuff – take the lad hunting for example – rather than kaffeklatch about it.

You know, human differences?

Fast change in the story here

Menopause breakthrough will allow older women to have children after building a career, doctor claims

I swear that yesterday the story on this was that it was to delay menopause so that women felt younger for more years. And specifically, that it wasn’t about being able to have children later.

Today it’s about having children later. Pretty fast switch in the justification…..

Lies, lies, lies

Other competitors included the current Miss Lincolnshire, Aysha Khan, who wore a wetsuit during the swimwear round.

She said: “I don’t really show much skin, because that’s what makes me feel comfortable.

“I didn’t wear a wetsuit just because my religion prohibits me.’”

Also among the finalists were Eleanor Farr, who has a titanium hip caused by rheumatoid arthritis and Lucy Krogdahl, who showed her self-harm scars.

Angie Beasley, director Miss England Ltd said: “England is a country that is completely occupied by people of all sorts. The Miss England contest has always been there for, and indeed encouraged, participation by every group and every type. We encourage entries from every ethnicity.”

You’re still excluding both men and the married. So it’s not every type, is it?

The Capitol One hacker

Umm…. Well:

Thompson began the tweets by saying “tomorrow I’m going to call in ahead and schedule a euthanasia for my cat.” It’s unclear what happened to the cat, named Millie.

“After this is over I’m going to go check into the mental hospital for an indefinite amount of time. I have a whole list of things that will ensure my involuntary confinement from the world. The kind that they can’t ignore or brush off onto the crisis clinic. I’m never coming back,” one tweet said.

I think I can guess why this

Medical trials
Women have historically been excluded from medical trials, resulting in drugs that are less safe or effective for them. In the US, eight drugs that had unacceptable risks for women were withdrawn by the Food and Drug Administration between 1997 and 2001. Even today, representation in medical trials is still skewed towards men, and not all drug research takes gender into account when analysing results.

Given falling fertility rates perhaps less so now than back then but there is always that difficulty that a trial of a drug would end up treating two people instead of just the one…..

Yes Love, now, the important question

My husband Kevin and I have three young boys, and I have worked part-time since our eldest was one. Henry is now eight, Aldous is six and Magnus is three. I’m 37 and left my full-time job when Henry was born and so my partner became the main breadwinner.

Because he had the steady income while my hours have fluctuated depending on the ages of our children, it has made sense for me to meet the varying cost of our childcare and to balance my working hours against the expense. Many families I know do the same.

The cost of care has risen and fallen depending on my hours as well as the ages of our children but it has averaged more than £10,000 a year in fees for nursery, childminder and holiday club. I tallied up what I have paid to work for the last seven years and it came to more than £72,000. Not only that but I’ve probably lost around £370,000 from my pension.

Our middle son was in time to qualify for 15 funded hours a week but our youngest is the first to be offered 30 hours. Like many freelancers, I have only recently been able to make use of the government’s childcare tax break — tax-free childcare is open to the self-employed but childcare vouchers were not.

It’s dizzying to realise that I have spent £72,000 on childcare in just seven years. Even more bonkers is the thought of how much more I would have spent if I had worked full-time instead of typically three days a week, fitting in extra hours around naps and bedtimes.

Yes, I did choose to have kids and, no, I didn’t think they would be cheap. I do not resent spending money on them. However, in many other European countries parents do not face the same childcare bills and the same subsequent penalties for their incomes, jobs and long-term financial wellbeing. That can make a big difference to the work and financial prospects of the primary carer parent, which is most commonly the mother.

That important one being – well, who should pay?

Who should pay for raising your children? If not you that is?

The truly important thing here

The New Yorker’s indefatigable Jane Mayer has written the definitive piece on the Franken affair. In it, she conclusively establishes that Franken’s main accuser, Leeann Tweeden, of the 2006 USO tour incident, was acting as a right-wing operative, a birther no less. Tweeden, Mayer documents, had participated in identical Franken skits involving fended off kisses several times before and had registered no objection.

The photo of Franken with his hands hovering over the breasts of a sleeping Tweeden was a sight gag. The joke was that everyone on the USO tour was wearing flak jackets. Again, Tweeden never objected until it was part of a well-orchestrated right-wing takedown of Franken.

Was Franken guilty of anything? He was guilty of horsing around, and Mayer tracks down three women who felt their space was violated. That’s it.

No, that’s not it. The two things truly important are that Al Franken is a Democrat. And a Progressive.