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Women are, apparently, a distraction at dinnertime.



So, The Independent reported that women couldn’t serve din-dins to a group of 53 world leaders (at the 3rd Nuclear Security Summit in The Netherlands) because we are considered distracting.

What else needs to be said?

Except.

What the fuck?

So many things to say, in such a senseless, desperate, lack-of-hope world; I’m stuttering at the ineptitude.

It’s hardly a PR stunt, or a plight of certain nations. Apart from being absolute bollocks it’s a shocking legacy for toddler-daughter to inherit.
  • Sexism
  • Feminism
  • Equality
  • Misogyny
  • Misandry
  • Pre-menopausal talk
  • Pants
Whatever the label (and I'm a fan of 'stupid', present-context related) it’s time to look around at the language in the playgrounds and classrooms and pubs and homes and remind ourselves that we, as a global society, have a bloody long way to go before men realise they would, ironically, be screwed without women. 

  • Look at the role models in your home and the banter around the dinner table (or TV show).
  • Look at your colleagues and who has to dash off when children are ill.
  • Look at the gender of the parent pushing the pram during the week.
  • Look at your local MP – male or female? 

Let me just repeat: 
53 nations met yesterday at the 3rd Nuclear Security Summit.   
And women servers were banned because they were considered a distraction. 

How many of those leaders were women?  How many of those countries bleat on about equality and the women's vote when it comes to elections? How many of those leaders have mothers, sisters, wives and daughters, nieces, aunts, grandmothers?

But perhaps the really alarming comment in the Independent’s article is that the only alternative uniform for women was short blue dresses, and because of the steps leading to the swanky hall, this was deemed inappropriate, so therefore a team of men served because they could all wear the same (presumably these things called trousers).

If they were really that  lacking in style-inspiration they should have asked us Mums what we wear to serve our men folk their din-dins.  

Women are not inferior or superior, men are not inferior or superior, but we need to think about the world that our daughters and sons are walking into, and the part that we can play.  



Comments

  1. Particularly lovely quote from The Independent's article -

    "According to Dutch national newspaper the Algemeen Dagblad, the director of the catering company, Hans van der Linde, was looking to create a “uniform” look amongst his staff. They quote him justifying his decision in the following manner: “If 20 gentlemen are serving and three platinum blonde ladies, then that spoils the image."

    Are there no sleep-deprived women, who look just about ordinary after a bit of BB cream; who said women have to be stunning The Whole Time?

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