It’s International Women’s Day! I wasn’t going to blog much about this, and was intending instead to share my favourite blogging ladies in honour of the day. But then, of course, enough people annoyed me today to make me get up on my Soapbox.
Within about five minutes of getting to work, I’d been asked, “But when’s International Men’s Day?”. November 19th, actually, ok?
As usual, there’s been a lot of talk about why today is needed, but I don’t have anything new to say on this that I haven’t written on here already. See any post tagged ‘feminism’ for more information. Instead, I’m going to direct you to these brilliant blog posts over at Rosalilium and The Vagenda.
One man felt it was needed to explain to me that I was wrong to be pissed off by that tired old joke, “Women’s Day was meant to be yesterday, but they weren’t ready.” Actually, I’ll be offended by what I please, thanks. When you can’t go into a club without being groped, get stroked by a total stranger because you’re wearing a fluffy coat and have men working on the water mains make obscene comments on your walk to work (and that’s just in the last week…), then you get to decide whether I can be offended by yet another idiot making a ‘joke’.
And then…Mat Horne, he of Gavin and Stacey fame, tweeted a series of emojis (I can’t get the original tweet to display properly, but it is still on his Twitter feed), of handbags, bikinis, lipsticks, diamond rings, that kind of thing. He then hash-tagged it, #internationalwomensday. I saw the tweet, and my first thought was, ‘Oh, for God’s sake’. It bugs me when today gets trivialised. So I responded. And…well, the following exchange took place.
And then he blocked me. Yeah. That happened. Mat Horne blocked me on Twitter. Over that. Toys out of the pram much?
I will still be posting about my favourite bloggers, but it’ll be tomorrow now. Today, as much as I wish I could, I can’t stay quiet on the subject of International Women’s Day.