Your comment 29 January 2011 11:55AM
If only it had been you lonie who had actually written this.
Well, fact number one: Ionie didn’t write this piece. Fact number two, the “what about teh menz” don’t need any help, they can whine quite happily in their own corner. Fact number three, for a polemic piece, most of it is matter of fact, still the case. Yes, if only London could be more like Paris, and the North Sea more like the Mediterranean. Wouldn’t it be so much better. Fade in Marianne and the The Ballad of Lucy Jordan.
Your comment 29 January 2011 11:48AM
I think I see the problem here. In limiting herself to one per day Bidisha has failed to move on to the all important second thought, the one that goes: perhaps I should start again.
The sermonising is so much easier than the practice, isn’t it.
Your comment 29 January 2011 11:43AM
It’s not enough to squeeze a baby out of your vagina while being treated like a piece of meat by hospital staff.
Treated like meat, in a hospital? It happens.
You’ve also got to be pert, sexy and impervious to abuse.
The “abuse” thing, is a two way street. The rest of it happens as well.
Yes, these things happen, and no amount of anecdotal evidence along the lines of “my Uncle Iñaki smoked 120 cigarettes a day, and lived to be 205, and died after being run down by the Madrid to Irun night express after eating a saucepan full of tolosako babarruna and drinking a crate of txakoli, at the local txoko, to celebrate a victory of Bilbo, and a hat trick by Llorente” will change a thing.
Your comment 29 January 2011 11:03AM
If you think comedians are taking over the world, you are paying far too much attention to comedians. Personally, there is far less comedy these days that I enjoy, compared to … whenever it was. I still limit myself to watching old Ab Fab and Yes (Prime) Ministers episodes, and listening to the News Quiz. Although, Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence and Dave Chapelle, can be quite funny too. There’s plenty of easily avoidable dross around.
Your comment 29 January 2011 10:59AM
Banter? They’ll ban everything, given half a chance.
Your comment 29 January 2011 10:56AM
I think it’s entirely possible that the gravestones of the future may read: “Here lies John Smith, banterer. He had over a thousand friends on Facebook.”
You can’t do banter, can you?
Banter can be witty, intelligent and frequently frivolous. Banter doesn’t have to be racist, sexist or any “ist”, and to suggest that banter is necessarily discriminative and ignorant, is to have a very narrow and shallow view of the rich possibilities that banter has to offer. Don’t blame banter for sexism, racism and homophobia; blame the person who is being the anti-social arse, not the way in which they are doing it.
Your comment 29 January 2011 10:47AM
To accommodate mothers of any age, Anglo-American society will have to restructure itself entirely. I hope it does, because mothers are treated like dirt by employers, by culture, by society and by fathers who think it’s OK to do less than half of all the work that needs to be done.
Some peculiar reactions to this opinion piece. Look, if you think Bidisha means you, then it just adds to the impression that Bidisha has a point, that men are falling over themselves in order to reinforce. If you don’t treat women like dirt, and you do your fair share of the work that needs to be done, then it’s not you, it’s someone else. However …
Your comment 29 January 2011 10:42AM
Mothers are treated like dirt by employers, by culture, by society and by fathers,
Yes, it happens.
and that has to change
Yes, it does need to change. Good opinion piece, Bidisha.
Your comment 28 January 2011 6:44PM
This is what happens when you have seriously high unemployment, rubbish jobs and very little by way of a solid seocial security infrastructure. Oh, and incredibly bent and ruthless politicians (aka leaders, not sure they are called leaders though. Chief thug? Leader? Pass!), but that’s not new either.