The other day was International Women’s Day.
I let it pass, as I let a lot of things pass [like No Smoking Day in the UK] because, well, I didn’t have much to say about it. I just ignored it.
Yesterday I read a post by Sabrina Dent in which she comments on being mentioned as a “Top Female Web Designer” and takes umbrage, as well she might.
I do not understand the compulsion to gather us together and stick us in a special little ghetto. I don’t want to be praised for my gender; I want to be respected for my work on its own merits.
Now this did get me thinking, coming on top of Women’s Day as it nearly did.
What the fuck is this thing about segregating women? I just don’t get it.
Women are different from men. We know that. They have soft bumpy bits, and they lack dangly bits, and they can’t park a car if their life depended on it, but apart from that they aren’t much different. I grant you they can have babies where men can’t, but they’re welcome to that little trick.
Now Sabrina is a top class web designer, but why should she be celebrated just because she can’t park a car? Why should there be a special day set aside for women just because they lack dangly bits and can’t read a fucking map? Why should women have their own days and groups just because they can’t pee standing up? I’m baffled.
There is no International Men’s Day, and that doesn’t bother me. I don’t know what I would do with it anyway. Would I have to walk around all day with no trousers on to show my pride in being a man? International Women’s Day doesn’t seem to do much for women either. It’s just a load of [lack of] bollox, if you ask me – which you didn’t. They waffle about it and it gets a mention in the papers [at the bottom left hand corner of page 16] but that is about the limit of it. I don’t know why they bother with it at all. It’s just an irritation. It’s not as if women walked around all day with no clothes on to show their pride in being a woman?
Now there’s a thought…….