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Do the BBC’s ‘inspiring’ women inspire you?


ON Wednesday the BBC published its annual list of ‘100 inspiring and influential women from around the world’. If anyone can spot a supporter of an overtly conservative or social conservative cause, please let me know. No doubt many of the women are doing wonderful and courageous things. It’s just that the socially liberal if not downright Leftist and activist bias is unrestrained.

The categories say it all – they include ‘Earth’ and ‘Identity’. The list of 100 women includes two men. Oddly, while one of them identifies as a woman, the other does not. Owl Fisher is an Icelandic transgender activist who identifies as non-binary and uses the pronoun they/them. Will ‘they’ also be on the BBC’s list of ‘100 inspiring and influential men from around the world for 2019’? If not, why not? And isn’t the BBC ‘mis-gendering’ Owl? If the BBC can do so, presumably the rest of us also can relax a bit on this front.

Also on the list is a young actress, Bella Thorne, who we learn has directed her first porn film at the age of 22. This is not a list to show your daughters.

Jamie Margolin, an American ‘climate change activist’, says: ‘The future must be decolonised and re-connected to the ancient wisdom of the Earth we once cherished. Climate change is a man-made problem, which is why women should rule the world.’ This is not a list to show your sons either.

Greta Thunberg is of course present. Presumably not for her role in terrifying millions of children – so much so that some are now seeking psychiatric help. 

The BBC has included women engaged directly in politics. The US Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez makes the list. But if you are looking for conservative commentator Candace Owens or one of the female Brexit Party MEPs doing wonders to promote the causes of democracy and self-government in Brussels . . . don’t bother trying to find them. They’re not there. Neither is Priti Patel, one of the most, if not the most successful British Asian women of the moment – and the most purposeful Home Secretary of recent times. Still, what would you expect from the BBC?

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Caroline ffiske
Caroline ffiske
Caroline ffiske is a former adviser to the New Zealand Government, served two terms as a Conservative councillor in Hammersmith & Fulham and is currently a full-time mother. She tweets as @carolinefff

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