Monday, 4 April 2016

Has-Beens PLC: Doing good business for Weldon, McEwan etc

Fay Weldon needs to be much more specific. When she declares that the battle of the sexes has been won - by women, she needs to indicate to which planet she is referring. She certainly can't be referring to this one, and the UK in particular, because once again reported rapes and sexual assaults have risen dramatically this year, women still earn 20-30% less than men and jobs which employ a lot of women generally have lower rates of pay and tighter supervision regimes.

As Laura Bates' project has shown everyday sexism and rape culture cast huge shadows over the lives of many women, with working class women more likely to be subject to sexual violence than most. FGM is still a crime inflicted on girls in the UK regularly, I could go on....

So to assert that the "battle of the sexes" as she likes to call it, has been won by women is quite simply wrong. Obviously if you are living the cushy chocolate-box life of an aging author maybe things appear differently. All her outburst has shown really is that she needs to get out more.

As for her her reasoning that trans women (or as she ignorantly calls us "men who want to be women") exist only because this battle of the sexes has been won, flies in the face, not only of the experience of the majority of women facing discrimination every day but historical and archaeological evidence that shows that trans people, including trans women, have been around for millennia, and in every civilisation worthy of the name.

One gets the feeling there must be a publicity agency out there for fading celebs; like Greer, Burchill, McEwan, and others I have forgotten already like that Crystal Maze person, whatever his name is...

"Hello, Has-Beens here....

Yes, Ms Wheldon we advise people like you on attempting to retain the limelight, yes...

Of course, I see, well we advise making a stupid misinformed statement about trans people Ms Wheldon.

 No, trans people, T-R-A-N-S people, transgender people. You'd better Google it.

Why? Well because not enough people know a trans person yet to know you are talking rubbish, no watercooler discussions about how ignorant you are, so you can get away with saying whatever you like. You are still guaranteed a headline though. Do you have a new publication to push...?

...I see. Thank you Ms Wheldon, Has-Beens PLC is always happy to help. I will charge it to your account.

Yes...

Thank you...

Goodbye."

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