There is a certain irony to bullies taking aim at soft and easy targets as was perfectly demonstrated by the feminist outcry over a remark by Peter Allis – the much admired and respected octogenarian golf commentator.
His crime was mentioning the words ‘women’ and ‘kitchen’ in the same sentence for various people to be outraged and call for his old dinosaur head.
Would it have been sexist had Peter mused that Mrs Zach Jonson – on her husband winning the Open and millions – that she might buy herself some new tools for her garage?
I am a little late to this debate – an opportunity missed perhaps – given that Peter Allis is a friend of mine and a man who appears in my latest novel – in which I lampoon the political correctness that blights us all.
But I come to write this now – because this morning, my wife declared that she loves her house and in particular, her kitchen and yesterday I had a meeting at Selfridges in the West End.
Feminism has long confused me based on the fact that as animals, we are genetically programmed to procreate – and as such, most people do so. Most people are parents and as such – men and women are almost always on the SAME side – and so the differences between the sexes is a strength and not a weakness. Men are better than women at certain things and vice versa and this creates a synergy where the couple are stronger than the two individuals.
So when feminism is the demanding that men and women are the same in all areas, this is not something I agree with and furthermore, it makes no sense.
Not that some pernicious sex discrimination doesn’t occur and this shouldn’t ever be tolerated but why don’t feminists take on bigger and more worthy targets of such discrimination – which brings me to my meeting at Selfrigdes this morning where women in full Burkhas outnumbered the women with their faces on show.
I’m no cleric – but my understanding is that Islam requires women to ‘dress modestly’ – and so how has this been corrupted in to cloaking women entirely in robes and too often in the sinister and unsightly colour of black.
This situation of covering the female from head to toe seems to be wholly at odds with a modern world. There is constant talk of the need to integrate people in to society but how can this ever happen when the female is not even allowed to be seen?
On a summers day – doesn’t it enrage the feminist to see a man in a short sleeved white shirt while his wife is under a full length black cloak complete with mask?
But I wonder if western women fare much better on the scale of crimes against the female given how we venerate the beautiful. How many plain women get to be sports broadcasters or news readers? Watch Sky News or Sports for a day and see if you can spot what all the women have in common?
False eye lashes. False boobs. Ruinous and arthritic high heels. Fake tans. False nails. False Hair. Bleach. Shaved bodies. Botox…
It seems to me that feminists have loads of big targets to take aim at and much bigger and more important ones than Peter Allis and his kitchen remark.