I DON’T know how many readers here pick up and peruse their supermarket magazines. We do, because we like the recipes and it’s good not only for the body but for the mind to try new things every once in a while.
Our supermarket, Tesco, tends to have a wide range of recipes to try in its publications. So every month, without fail, we pick one up and have a root around.
January’s edition was terrible, essentially because it marked Veganuary – you know, that tiny minority who don’t eat anything with a face, or anything that came from it. It didn’t take me that long to go through it before I discarded it.
February’s edition has been much better, focused on Valentine’s Day and with some good recipes for all of us, particularly chocoholics. However, at the back, in the human interest section (Real Living – Community), where there are usually short pieces on diet or common health issues, one article leapt out. Actually, and I’ll be honest here, I heard Tina moaning about it and asked her what she’d read.
It was about a woman called Karen Arthur, the host of a podcast called Menopause Whilst Black. Now, this isn’t something I’d be interested in. Though I’m aware that the menopause can be a tough time for women, it’s just something that doesn’t pique my interest. Why would it? I’m a bloke!
Anyway, Ms Arthur stated in her column that ‘the reason I started doing my podcast is because when I began going through the menopause, there wasn’t anyone who looked like me talking about it. I felt utterly alone. But the more diverse the space is, the more women will feel seen and heard’.
I very much hope that women will help me out under the line here, because I know nothing about the menopause, except that it affects you physically and mentally.
This is purely rhetorical, but does an event of this magnitude, a physiological change within the body, really differ based on your skin colour? Why wouldn’t any woman, seeking advice on something like this, feel comfortable listening and learning from someone who has been through the same experience, regardless of what they look like?
Call me old-fashioned, but if I was ever interested in seeking advice on any physical bloke issues (unlikely), I wouldn’t care what the man looked like. Having the same organs as me, I’d get a good understanding of the issue. I wouldn’t feel ‘utterly alone,’ as Ms Arthur put it, because issues that affect all men and all women can be explained by those who have gone through it, no matter what they look like.
And what the hell is Tesco doing, engaging in positive discrimination? I’m aware that the big chains tend to engage in identity politics, for reasons of virtue signalling to minority concerns, but can they not see how racist it is to publish Ms Arthur’s words? ‘Anyone who looked like me.’ It reminded me of that complaint, a couple of years ago, by Dawn Butler, who said that she’s often confused for other black MPs ‘at least once a week.’
So it’s okay to use the line ‘people who look like me’ when it suits them, but is racist in any other context? It’s hard to keep up sometimes.
In other news, it appears Apple has gone as insane as other identity-parading businesses, including, in its Iphone updates, a pregnant man emoji.
You really don’t need me to iron out the obvious in this case. I don’t care who says it, whether it’s the Government, print and broadcast media, doctors and ‘experts’ – a man cannot get pregnant. Or have periods. Or go through the menopause. That is one science fact that can’t be denied.
Lastly, Primark is under the cosh after being accused of selling ‘sexist’ clothing by a ‘best-selling’ author I’ve never heard of, Kate Long.
Will we ever get through a week when someone or something isn’t being accused of an ist? Better yet, when the accused doesn’t buckle and stands by its message? I wait with bated breath.