There’s a hilarious column by Garth George in the Herald today. Here’s my personal highlight:
The second major cause of violence against women and children is the belief held by too many women that they should not just be equal to men but, in all but physical appurtenances, are the same.
This is an illusion: men and women are different physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It astounds me that in this age in which knowledge of the makeup of the human being is greater than at any time in history, we will not concede that men and women are genetically programmed for differing roles.
The assumption by so many women of the roles traditionally exclusive to men has left many men in confusion, frustration and anxiety, and more are lashing out because they feel their maleness is under threat.
I find that inordinately sad. You can call me a sexist until you run out of breath . . .
Actually, the idea that woman are simply unfit to do a man’s job is pretty much the textbook definition of sexism, as is George’s suggestion that woman are responsible for violence directed against them on the grounds that they have trespassed on male authority.
But that’s only one tiny fragment – the whole thing is an admirable exercise in ignorant, reactionary hysteria and the kind of thing that editors are supposed to decline to publish on the grounds that it’s not worth the subsequent loss of subscriptions and advertising revenue.