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Women and children first – and not a peep from the feminists

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THIS war being waged by Russia in Ukraine has had a quite remarkable, disinfecting effect on British political journalism. Not least on the third-wave feminism which has held an utterly disproportionate sway over our social politics for well over 20 years. For too long, we have tolerated man-hating crones incessantly lecturing us on the evils of toxic masculinity. This wholly manufactured, imaginary social evil has been blamed for all the perceived ills of our present situation.

The very idea that some jobs might be more appropriate for men was not merely criticised as mistaken, but labelled as an evil symptom of a patriarchal conspiracy to limit women’s opportunities and to keep them from their rightful place in society. According to the feminists, there was no field of human endeavour in which they were not equally qualified and well-equipped.

So you might have imagined that if the sisters really believed in all that ‘evil patriarchy’ nonsense, with which they’ve been beating us around the head for two decades, they would be outraged and incensed at the seemingly unreconstructed, patriarchal Ukraine government’s decision to demand that the men stay behind and fight, while the women are encouraged to run to safe places out of harm’s way beyond the country’s borders.

But surprise, surprise! Total silence about this from those misandric covens which flourish within the fetid swamps of our universities, the BBC and the Guardian. As the women of this country suddenly switch from disapproval and the rejection of all things masculine to unashamedly swooning, billing and cooing over the bravery of these unambiguously masculine Ukrainian men who clench their fists for the camera, flex their muscles and show off their tattoos.

Equally mystifying is their uncritical approval and admiration for the depth and passion of these men’s patriotism with their unapologetic nationalism, something else which has been branded as an evil hangover from our chauvinist past by these self-proclaimed ‘Citizens of Planet Earth’.  As U-turns go, it’s been quite extraordinary, even by contemporary levels of hypocrisy and double standards.

I discussed this phenomenon with my son over dinner. He laughed and scolded me, ‘Surely dad, you know by now! If you want to know what women really believe about anything, ignore what they tell you. Just keep a close eye on what they do!’

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Brian Meredith
Brian Meredith
Brian Meredith is a retired graphic designer who grew up in the Midlands but has lived in Devon for over forty years. A semi-professional musician since his early teenage years, these days his main interests are writing and recording his compositions in a modest home studio.

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