Thursday, 2 November 2017

How difficult is it to know how to treat people with respect?

The guests on Newsnight.
I am angry. I'm writing this hoping it will make me feel less angry.

I realised last night that the anger has been growing - ever since the Weinstein story broke - and the last straw was this:

Disgraced former defence secretary Michael Fallon telling a female BBC reporter that sexual harassment was “acceptable” 10 or 15 years ago.

No, it wasn’t. It was never acceptable. Why is that even something that needs to be said?

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Sugar and spice and all things nice… thoughts on No More Boys and Girls

1960s toy typewriter.
Gender-neutral 1960s Christmas present.

So I’m watching No More Boys And Girls on the BBC, a heartwarming story about how a teacher and a doctor help children to develop beyond the gender stereotypes that our culture tries to limit them to.
And I can’t understand why someone would disagree with this.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Record Store Day, and the fetishisation of vinyl

A bit of my record collection.
Husband's guitar, my Gene Vincent LP
It’s Record Store Day today. “What’s Record Store Day” asked Husband when I mentioned it.

My first answer was “Where have you been for the last ten years?” My second answer was: “It used to be about people who liked music but now it’s about people who like money.”

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

The Reunion: Women of Punk

Sue MacGregor with four of the interviewees.
I don’t listen to Radio 4 that often because I’m not that posh, but I was quite excited to find out about a programme called Women of Punk last week. It was part of a series called The Reunion which “reunites a group of people intimately involved in a moment of modern history”.

Saturday, 15 April 2017