Nicely out in the open then

Rosemary Squires MBE, 90, found fame in the Fifties and Sixties as an international jazz, big band, cabaret and concert singer and recording artist.

She performed with big bands such as Ted Heath, Geraldo and Cyril Stapleton, the Max Harris and Kenny Baker jazz bands, and was a regular on the BBC Light Programme (now Radio 2) on Melody Time and Workers’ Playtime shows.

She starred in her own radio and television series, and appeared with Michael Bentine, Clive Dunn, Arthur Haynes, Ted Ray and Reg Varney. She also worked in America with Danny Kaye and Sammy Davis Jr.

OK, great career and all that. Best financial decision?

Rosemary Squires: ‘My best financial decision? Marrying a man with a police pension’

This feminism, so strong, eh?

Slightly puzzling idea

Companies should entertain their clients at women’s sports matches as often as they do at men’s to boost crowd numbers, Clare Balding has said.

The BAFTA-winning broadcaster also called for club owners to take more risks by putting on games in large venues and “promoting the hell out of it” or offering school children discounted tickets to fill the seats.

Speaking to The Telegraph as her new Channel 4 women’s sport show launches, Balding said she does not care if it gets a poor reception from viewers.

All of that seems to be an agreement that women’s sport just doesn’t attract the same crowds as men’s. That, left unforced, people just aren’t as interested in it.

And that can’t be true, can it? Not in this modern day.

Capitalism and Feminism

It’s always struck me as entirely weird that feminists tend to be lefties.

Play with those numbers how you wish. The startling decline in mothers weeping bitterly over white coffins happens as and about capitalism takes root in any particular time or place. No other economic system has ever managed to do this. Yes, we probably do think that women not burying their children is feminist. Thus capitalism is that most feminist economic system.

It must be hard being Julie Bindel

Why Andrea Dworkin is the radical, visionary feminist we need in our terrible times

Imagine desiring a cause to fire up the masses, lead the revolution. Imagine insisting upon being part of the cadre that leads that revolution.

Then imagine that no one’s very interested because you’re preaching revolution against the oppression of the patriarchy to the richest, freest, generation of women that have existed ever.

Must be terribly galling really.

This is a bit convoluted

A millionaire businessman has revealed his fight to bring his daughters back to the UK after his “manipulative and arrogant” ex-wife took them on holiday and never came back.

Ganna Tigipko, 34, flew her children to Ukraine in July last year has refused to bring them back.

A dual Ukrainian-British citizen, Ms Tigipko is the daughter of politician Sergiy Tigipko, 59, who served as Ukraine’s vice prime minister from 2010 to 2012.

Her flouting of a High Court order which prevented her from leaving the country with the girls was described as a “furtive flit” and a “gross act of defiance” by a judge.

Ms Tigipko’s former husband is a Russian businessman living in London who cannot be named to protect his daughters’ identities.

Eh?

Ah, yes. The daughters will have his name, won’t they? Not much of a disguise of their identity, it has to be said….

Paula’s going to get in trouble

One user hit back that “people should be able to identify how they chose”, to which Radcliffe replied: “They can identify however they want to. Just not in a sporting competition where they can deprive a woman of a qualifying place.

“This is because qualifying times for women are slower than for men since biological men are capable of running faster than biological women.”

Why is this exploiting women?

Campaigners against strip clubs say this was not an anomaly and is representative of behaviour that occurs in such clubs across the UK.

The claims come amid a split in the feminist movement about attitudes to sex-related work. Some, often older, campaigners argue that strip clubs objectify women and should be closed, while their opponents, predominantly younger, say that taking work away from women by shutting such venues is not feminist. This report will be seized upon by the former as a sign of the exploitation they say is inherent in the industry.

The investigators allege that the dancers sat on their laps, rubbed their genitals through clothing, simulated oral sex, and put their breasts in the men’s mouths. They also claim that dancers touched each other intimately in defiance of club rules. One dancer told the men that the “no touching” rule did not apply to her or her colleague.

Sounds like an excellent method of vacuuming the money out of those men’s wallets. Which would rather men the exploitation is running the other way….

That split between older and younger feminists is fun too, isn’t it? Rather, maybe, between those who could still so exploit men and those who couldn’t?

Umm, well, you know what?

This doesn’t match any reasonable description of the world I see outside my window:

Her experience is the end result of a breathtakingly sexist assumption (perpetuated by media, advertising and our wider culture) that women exist primarily as potential partners for heterosexual men, that they owe men their time and attention without question, and that they are rude, arrogant or ungrateful if they dare to decline sexual attention.

I can think of varied Mullahs around and about who might think that way but us, today? It ain’t, is it?

Aren’t we a patriarchy?

The NHS normally only provides PSA blood tests – which can show an increased risk of prostate cancer – from the age of 50, if requested, or from the age of 45 when there is a family history of disease.

There is no NHS screening programme for prostate cancer.

The incidence of prostate cancer is higher or lower than that of breast?

The screening program for breast cancer is how large?

Feminism in action

The Americans have a useful word – derived from Yiddish – to describe the actions of the US women’s soccer team there, chutzpah. If it were not for gender discrimination absolutely none of these women would be playing international soccer. They wouldn’t even be playing club games, nor even college. And yet the demand is that there must be gender parity.

One thing that would be useful. Anyone got any more examples here?

As has been pointed out about Florence Joyner Griffiths when she got her Olympic medal in world record time. That time would have got her, in that same year, fourth place in the Bronx High School competition among men. Or when the Matildas, the Oz women’s soccer team, played the colts side (say, 14 to 15 year olds) of an Oz professional men’s club they lost 7 Nil. The Williams sisters both lost, horrendously, to a man ranked 200 and more in the world at the time.

Did Rhonda Rousey go through with that UFC fight against a bloke? Any other examples of tip toppers in women’s sport failing dismally in open competition?

Errm yes?

A groundbreaking study by the English Institute of Sport has revealed shocking findings about the physical toll on women in high-level sport.

The research, which is released on Friday, has revealed that menstruation, incontinence and breast pain affect the performance of international athletes. Key findings of the report include:

38 per cent of female athletes in a variety of sports in last year’s Commonwealth Games suffered stress incontinence during training, while 28 per cent suffered from the same condition during competition.
More than 50 per cent reported painful period symptoms and premenstrual tension, significantly higher than the national average.
Upwards of 30 per cent have infrequent or absent periods, which could lead to fertility issues.

Training up to international sporting standards lowers body fat and thus leads to an absence of periods. Yes?

We knew this, didn’t we? What’s groundbreaking about it?

Isn’t Joan Smith well informed

It also appears to send a negative message to their employers when it comes to setting salary levels. Virgin Atlantic has a significant gender pay gap, according to figures published last year. Its median hourly rate for women is 30% below that of men, something that means – as the government’s gender pay gap report painfully spells out – that women earn 70p for every £1 that men earn. (The gender pay gap at British Airways, by contrast, was 10% in 2017.)

Clearly, this habit of sex discrimination is very hard to break. It starts with dress codes and ends with salaries (or doesn’t – let’s see what this year’s report on the Virgin Atlantic pay gap has to say). One minute you’re telling women what colour lipstick to wear, the next you’re paying them less as well. How on earth does that happen?

The gender pay gap in airlines is driven by there being more male pilots than female, more female cabin crew than male.

and that’s it, no more to it than that.

Why don’t these women understand science?

The Gendered Brain by Gina Rippon review – demolition of a sexist myth
A neuroscientist’s brilliant debunking of the notion of a ‘female brain’ could do more for gender equality than any number of feminist manifestos

OK, super. So:

For me, though, perhaps the most thought-provoking part of her book has to do with hormones. According to Rippon, recent work has shown that, far from a woman’s period having an effect on her ability to concentrate, there may be a link between the ovulatory and post-ovulatory phases in her menstrual cycle and positive behavioural changes such as improved cognitive processing.

Positive is an effect.

She’s not really disproving the notions about women and science, is she?

Are there seriously adult women out there this deluded?

The big difference here seems to be that while the vagina has an obvious functional utility, the clitoris exists entirely for female pleasure. It seems that the issue stems, not from the provocative nature of a word, but our continued societal taboo regarding women daring to enjoy sex. Sure, we can see depictions of women shrieking with pleasure plastered all over any porn site. But that is exactly the point. Female sexual enjoyment remains exclusively in the realm of the forbidden.

Even the stuff about lie back and think of England wasn’t true at the time and it’s most certainly not true now.

Come along now, be serious, any society with 50 shades of white we can apply to the bathroom walls is not trying to hide nor deny female sexual enjoyment.

Blimey, this woman an elephant?

Hannah Donaghue, now 29, from Northampton, bumped into Ben Fagan a manager for Royal Mail, now 30, at a party in 2010 – and one thing led to another.

Neither were prepared for what was in store, as their night together resulted in Hannah falling pregnant for the third time – with three babies.

But despite being together a matter of weeks when they found out she was expecting, both decided they were ready to give their relationship – and parenthood – a shot.

At 10 weeks, a doctor had suggested terminating one of the triplets to give the other two a better chance of surviving, but the couple refused.

The couple welcomed their adorable trio via Caesarean at 32 weeks in October last year.

Sex in 2010 led to a birth in 2018? Even elephants are faster than that, aren’t they?

Well, yes, this is a problem

Martina Navratilova, the nine-times Wimbledon singles champion, has attacked the “insane” practice of allowing male-born transgender athletes to compete against biological women.

Writing for The Sunday Times, Navratilova describes it as “cheating”, saying that hundreds of trans athletes have “achieved honours as women that were beyond their capabilities as men”.

She adds: “It is surely unfair on women who have to compete against people who, biologically, are still men. I am happy to address a transgender woman in whatever form she prefers, but I would not be happy to compete against her.”

As PJ O’Rourke put it on a slightly different matter there are times when these things are important – making babies – and times when they are not – trading bonds.

Now all we’ve got to do is work out which is which?

So, how stand we all?

Ever the peacemaker, I promised to keep quiet on the subject until I had properly researched it.

Well, I’ve now done that and, if anything, my views have strengthened. To put the argument at its most basic: a man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organisation is concerned, win everything in sight and perhaps earn a small fortune, and then reverse his decision and go back to making babies if he so desires. It’s insane and it’s cheating. I am happy to address a transgender woman in whatever form she prefers, but I would not be happy to compete against her. It would not be fair.