An intriguing thought

You could call it a blunder. A big, fat, juicy blunder.

On Monday the French president, François Hollande, was lambasted by women across the country for getting rid of the ministry of women’s affairs as part of a government reshuffle, replacing it with the ministry of family, children and women’s rights. Yes – all three lumped in together.

It didn’t take long for the outrage machine to sound the alarm: did Hollande think that a woman’s life revolves solely around children and her household? Feminist groups were appalled, perhaps rightly so.

And there we were thinking that men and women were the same except for those plumbing details which give rise to different family responsibilities.

Meaning, of course, that there should not be a ministry for women, just as there isn’t one for men, but should be one for families.

10 thoughts on “An intriguing thought”

  1. Tsk, men and women are exactly the same until an opportunity arises for women to gain an advantage through government coercion, and then they are as different as chalk and cheese.

    Get with the program or fuck off, Tim.

  2. Nope. We don’t need any ministries. They all fulfill the same two functions. BOSSING us about, and spending our money. Do we really NEED that?

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    I would love a Ministry for Men’s Affairs. Presumably they sit around with Pirelli calendars on the wall, reading NUTS, drinking beer, belching and scratching their testicles all day.

    Not sure what the Women’s Affairs Ministry does, but it sounds like a lot of b!tching is involved. Nowhere near as much fun.

  4. I walk past one of these ministries occasionally, I think it’s on the way to my doctor’s place. I can’t remember what it is, but it’s some jumble of three seemingly unrelated causes all lumped into one ministry. No wonder France is skint.

  5. Here we go, found it on Google Maps:

    Ministère des Affaires sociales, de la Santé et des Droits des femmes

    The Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, and Women’s Rights.

  6. @SMFS Presumably they sit around with Pirelli calendars on the wall, reading NUTS, drinking beer, belching and scratching their testicles all day.

    You’ve described my workplace exactly! (Could be because I work from home.)

  7. Tim Newman said:
    “The Ministry of Social Affairs”

    Social Affairs? I thought affairs were usually secretive rather than social. Or do they mean threesomes?

  8. Bloke in Costa Rica

    I wonder what the absolute bare minimum of bureaucracy there could be without the place turning into something out of Mad Max. Whatever the number is, you could sack everyone in the “ministry of family, children and women’s rights” tomorrow and no-one would even blink. This is absolutely classic NALFOG.

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