Monday, July 31, 2006

So much for men.

I've blogged about the issue of representation of sub-social groups in Parliament before. But the headline here is bizarre: "50/50 split not enough, female politicians say". So, their explicit political goal is to get rid of any men in Parliament? Why is that supposed to be admirable?

(In fairness, of course, the headline is an example of editors aiming for sensation rather than substance. The article suggests instead the more modest claim that the tussle of parliamentary politics isn't "women-friendly". I would suggest that this is profoundly insulting towards both women -- if things "aren't safe" then women "can't handle it" -- and men -- who are by nature brutish thugs (or thuggish brutes). But it's not nearly as bad as what the headline suggested.)

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