Err, hello?

When you see a man looking at porn in public (and yes, I know it’s not all men but a minority of them), aside from laughing, or feeling scared, or uncomfortable, you might also experience a sense of awe. Imagine, just imagine, having such a sense of ownership of and entitlement to public space that your need to watch a naked woman being penetrated outweighs the discomfort of the women (and children) in the physical environment around you catching you watching it. The lack of respect is staggering.

I thought we were supposed to celebrate other peoples’ sexuality these days?

How excellent

More than half of millennial fathers want to be demoted into a less stressful job in order to be better fathers, according to a report released on Monday.

As experts warn of a “fatherhood penalty” for men who want to be more involved in the upbringing of their children, 53% of millennial fathers told researchers they wanted to move to a less stressful job, while 48% would take a pay cut to achieve a better work-life balance.

Off you go then.

This is vile behaviour, eh?

The former pharmaceuticals head had direct-messaged Lauren Duca, a freelance writer, on Thursday to ask her to be his “+1” to Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Duca rejected the offer, tweeting an image of the exchange on Sunday with the comment: “I would rather eat my own organs”.

Shkreli took offence, calling her a “cold you know what”, and changed his profile picture on Twitter to a doctored image appearing to show him sitting with Duca on a couch.

He also made his cover photo a collage of images of Duca with the caption, “For better or worse, ‘til death do us part, I love you with every single beat of my heart”, and changed his bio to refer to his “small crush on @laurenduca (hope she doesn’t find out)“.

Duca tweeted screenshots of Shkreli’s profile to Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s founder, asking “How is this allowed”.

Shkreli accused Duca of “[disrespecting] the sovereignty of [his] love” for her. Shortly afterwards, his account – followed by nearly 200,000 people – was removed.

Whether we regard it as a prime piece of trolling or a very clumsy piece of courtship it’s hardly the sort of thing that one should be banished from the public square for, is it?

And it’s certainly not an advertisement for female journalists, is it? The earlier generation of which had more balls than any of the men they worked with. Seriously, for all the idiocies Janet Street Porter or Liz Jones have inflicted upon the nation neither of them nor any of their contemporaries would have complained about this. Ripped him into small pieces publicly perhaps, but gone running to Mummy?

Brianna Wu, a video game developer and software engineer who intends to run for the US House of Representatives in 2018, tweeted that she was glad to see Twitter suspended Shkreli.

“His bizarre obsession with respected journalist @laurenduca is creepy and wildly inappropriate. We need to move past this cultural idea that any woman with a successful career has to endure sexist abuse from strangers.”

Isn’t that the bird from Gamergate?

Jeez, snowflakes

So, not a man then

A former Asda worker will be the first British man to become pregnant and will complete his gender transition after giving birth.
Hayden Cross, from Gloucester, had already undergone the preliminary stages to officially becoming a male, but has delayed the completion until giving birth.
The 20-year-old is four months pregnant after finding a sperm donor on Facebook, which prompted him to put the procedure on hold.

No, really, I do not care about the modern mores here. Someone who is pregnant with child is not a man.

It’s just about possible to think up ways in which they could be – there are recorded cases of a twin being absorbed in the womb (no, really) and so on. But someone who gets knocked up by an egg from the ovary meeting sperm (donated or traditional method) which then implants into the uterine wall and so on…..this is not a man. We can all have the politesse to call the person whatever they want, Fred, Fredericka, whatever, but this simply is not a man.

Shouldn’t worse workers get less money?

Women suffer considerably higher levels of work-related stress, anxiety and depression than men, with workplace sexism and familial responsibilities providing additional career pressures, a leading psychiatrist has said.

It comes as official figures show that women aged 25-54 are more stressed than their male colleagues, with this pressure peaking for those aged 35-44, when many women are juggling family responsibilities, such as caring for children and elderly parents.

Dr Judith Mohring, lead consultant psychiatrist at Priory’s Wellbeing Centre in the City of London, said women were under constant, intense pressure, with company restructuring, lack of managerial support and balancing work and family life leaving them feeling drained.

Women faced additional workplace pressures, such as having to prove they were as good as men, not being valued or promoted, unequal pay, and being expected to “look the part”, added Mohring, who treats many female professionals.

Snowflakes, snowflakes, snowflakes

Steve Martin was forced to delete his Twitter tribute to the late Carrie Fisher after critics labeled the remembrance as ‘sexist’.
Fisher’s death at the age of 60 took her fans, friends and family by surprise and Martin was one of the many celebrities who voiced his shock and sadness at her passing online.
‘When I was a young man, Carrie Fisher was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. She turned out to be witty and bright as well,’ the comedian wrote on Twitter.
Some on Twitter came out to criticize Martin’s post however, saying that his attention first on her physical appearance before her personality wasn’t the right way to remember Hollywood princess.

We have reached madness gone politically correct now, haven’t we?

You know, given that a major attribute of an actress be that she is light on the eyes?

Feminism makes you stupid

Two points:

All macaques’ social groups are arranged around dominant, matriarchal females.

And:

Primates are unquestionably clever: Monkeys can learn how to use money, and chimpanzees have a knack for game theory. But no one has ever taught a nonhuman primate to say “hello.”

Scientists have long been intrigued by the failure of primates to talk like us. Understanding the reasons may offer clues to how our own ancestors evolved full-blown speech, one of our most powerful adaptations.

On Friday, a team of researchers reported that monkeys have a vocal tract capable of human speech. They argue that other primates can’t talk because they lack the right wiring in their brains.

And the proof?

Dr. Fitch, a former student of Dr. Lieberman, and his colleagues came to a much different conclusion after reviewing X-ray videos of macaques.

Yep, matriarchal societies prevent speech.

But then every son in law ever has known that, right?

Now now dear, don’t get bitchy

Judith Woods Cool or creepy? Mick Jagger welcomes eighth child – but late-life fatherhood shouldn’t be a badge of honour

It’s in premium so none of us can read what she actually says, at which point the only thing left is speculation.

Which is, no doubt, birds can’t have kids late in life because menopause, so men shouldn’t either. Plus, isn’t it creepy that old rich and famous men can still shag young pert birds?

The Bastards.

Le Fin

OK, might dress it up a little with not being able to be there for the the nativity plays or summat but that’ll be the core of it.

The Patriarchy, The Patriarchy!

More than 900 women were killed by men in England and Wales over a six-year period, most by their current or former partners, according to the first detailed analysis of deadly male violence against women in those countries.

Yes love, yes. No doubt something must be done. But why are you being so damn sexist about it?

The Home Office Homicide Index showed there were 518 homicides (murder, manslaughter and infanticide) in the year ending March 2015 in England and Wales. This represents a decrease of 5 offences (1%) from the 523 recorded for the previous year.

So there were, approx, 3,000 homicides over this period, of which 900 were of women by men.

In the year ending March 2015, just under two-thirds of homicide victims (64%) were male, the lowest since 1996 (64%).

The majority of victims were male.

There were differences between males and females in the pattern of relationships between victims and suspects. Women were far more likely than men to be killed by partners/ex-partners (44% of female victims compared with 6% of male victims), and men were more likely than women to be killed by friends/ acquaintances (32% of male victims compared with 8% of female victims).

Given the imbalance in sex of victims it would appear that a man has as much chance of being murdered by a friend as a woman does by a partner. Nearly 50% more likely in fact.

So where is the campaign explaining that friends don’t kill friends?

Or alternatively, fuck off you sexist old slag.

That vote thing looks like a bad idea then

Sara Stewart, who conducted the survey as part of research for a book, said: ‘A lot of women saw large glasses of wine, that contain as much as a third of a bottle, as the equivalent of one unit.
‘Because they didn’t know what a unit was, many thought a glass of whatever size, was a unit.’

For people who cannot count their booze intake are just the people we want voting on how to spend 45% of everything, right?

And just for fun can we make this another example of the patriarchy? Of course we can, just as with not being able to park because they’ve been told that this is 6 inches. The reason that women can’t count their booze is because men have lied to them about the size of drinks in order to get them drunk and thus into their knickers.

See, it’s all the patriarchy!

I don’t think they’ve quite got Gamergate here, not understood it

It’s understandable that the world didn’t much care about Gamergate. The 2014 hashtag campaign, ostensibly founded to protest about perceived ethical failures in games journalism, clearly thrived on hate – even though many of those who aligned themselves with the movement either denied there was a problem with harassment, or wrote it off as an unfortunate side effect. Sure, women, minorities and progressive voices within the industry were suddenly living in fear. Sure, those who spoke out in their defence were quickly silenced through exhausting bursts of online abuse. But that wasn’t why people supported it, right? They were disenfranchised, felt ignored, and wanted to see a systematic change.

Is this all sounding rather familiar now? Does it remind you of something? If you’re just discovering the world of angry, anonymous online dudes masquerading as victims – hi, come in. Some of us have been here for a while.

The similarities between Gamergate and the far-right online movement, the “alt-right”, are huge, startling and in no way a coincidence. After all, the culture war that began in games now has a senior representative in The White House. As a founder member and former executive chair of Brietbart News, Steve Bannon had a hand in creating media monster Milo Yiannopoulos, who built his fame and Twitter following by supporting and cheerleading Gamergate. This hashtag was the canary in the coalmine, and we ignored it.

The way I read Gamergate was rather the other way around. It was a revolt by normal people against the po-faced cunts insisting upon the usual SJW nonsenses wasn’t it?

Err, you what love?

The Women’s Equality Party has its conference:

And as delegates spoke, the issues around health came through loud and clear. Inequalities are stopping women from accessing the care and services they need. Our members spoke of funding cuts to essential social care services, weight discrimination in the fashion industry and draconian legislation on abortion.

We’ve, to any approximation of accuracy, got abortion on demand. And somehow that LuluLemon does not make yoga pants for hippopotami is not something I can feel any angst about. Somewhat grateful in fact.

And what inequality in health care when women live longer than men? Something that didn’t used to happen in fat given deaths in childbirth but we went off and largely solved that problem, didn’t we?

Tosspottery, tosspottery

Men are still paid vastly more than women across many jobs and regions despite firms “tinkering around the edges” to try to close the gap, according to a report.

Where men and women are doing the same job, they are usually paid almost the same – although men still have a slight advantage, earning an average of 1.6% more. However, the real gap is caused by the scarcity of women at the highest and best-paid levels of industries such as oil and gas, technology and life sciences.

So men and women choose to do different things with their lives and this is a scandal, right?

So, civilisation advances on then

Police officers and firefighters are to undergo publicly funded ‘menopause classes’ to teach them how to help female colleagues going through the change.
Emergency services staff will receive special training where they will learn how to deal more sensitively with co-workers experiencing hot flushes and mood swings.
Taxpayer-funded monthly classes will be run by a GP, Louise Newson, who dubs herself the ‘Menopause Doctor’, to try to halt a flood of older women leaving the services and to ‘destigmatise’ the issue.

I’m not wholly and entirely sure that this is quite what civilisation needs but look at it the other way around.

Ain’t it just grand to live in a society with such a surplus of production that we can support people doing jobs like this? The specific job, well, meh, but even the possibility of the surplus to allow it is glorious.

Nope, not the same. Similar, equal, but different

The researchers discovered that the neurotransmitter serotonin (5-HT) and the hormone arginine-vasopressin (AVP) act in opposite ways in males and females to influence aggression and dominance.

Because dominance and aggressiveness have been linked to stress resistance, these findings may influence the development of more effective gender-specific treatment strategies for stress-related neuropsychiatric disorders.

“These results begin to provide a neurochemical basis for understanding how the social brain works quite differently in males and females,” said lead researcher Elliott Albers, Professor at Georgia State University in the US.

Now just to get the SJWs to accept what every adult has always known.

And so here is Joan Smith

To tell us that actually, you know, maybe the rape rate is rising?

I’m just not convinced that we can go on explaining the entire rise in rape reports by saying that victims are more likely to make a complaint. The possibility of an actual increase is starting to be discussed among senior police officers, prosecutors and organisations that work with victims, and there are a number of factors that might explain it. After all, it isn’t just victims who read angry articles by campaigners about how easy it is to get away with rape.

It’s an interesting thought isn’t it? Because it would mean, if true, that absolutely everything we’ve been doing about rape, all those consent classes and so on, has been wrong. As in achieving what we didn’t want, a rise in the number of rapes.

I look forward to the mea culpas on this point.

If you think victims are treated more sympathetically by the media these days, I suggest you read reports of rape trials in the Daily Mail. The paper regularly splashes on stories about men who have been found not guilty, going into prurient detail about the accuser’s “past” – it recently described one young woman as having “an extraordinary sexual appetite” – and failing to acknowledge that false accusations are rare.

Actually, the false accusation rate seems to be about the same as a successful conviction rate.

About the patriarchy and feminism

OK, so this is pretty extreme behaviour even for an engineering nerd:

He must have been wishing he could have just flipped the switch.
For tech fan Mark Rittman spent 11 frustrating hours trying to make his nifty WiFi kettle boil.
The WiFi kettle – which ranges in price from £50 to £100 – supposedly allows people to flick the kettle on with their phone from the comfort of their bed or sofa.
But after trying to make a cuppa at 9am, Mr Rittman quickly ran into troubles in what was to become a 11-hour long struggle

We’ve all seen the story around. Now, try rewriting the story in your head so that it’s a woman doing this.

Doesn’t work, does it?

Not that there isn’t some female engineering nerd out there who would or has done this sort of thing. But our experience of life is that it is predominantly men who are prepared to go to such ridiculous lengths to make something work.

And the problem we have on the larger scale is that absolutely every advance inhuman civilisation requires that one or more people do some ridiculous piece of work like this.

There’s a value to this male stuff.

Maybe he just doesn’t want to listen to any women?

Confusing the real world with the slice of reality reflected by one’s social media accounts is a mistake political reporters and partisans make every day. Algorithms and selection bias have conspired to drastically narrow the world wide web for must of us.

But for many of the tech industry’s moguls, the world reflected in their Twitter timelines is bizarrely similar to the bizarre societies they have created in their companies: very, very male.

Until Tuesday morning, for example, Elon Musk followed zero women on Twitter, Motherboard reported. (Following publication of the Motherboard story, Musk followed a new account, that of GQ magazine writer Caity Weaver.)

Fortunately in today’s PC world this is not something I can be accused of. I follow no one…..