Thursday, 2 November 2017
I realised last night that the anger has been growing - ever since the Weinstein story broke - and the last straw was this:
Disgraced former defence secretary Michael Fallon telling a female BBC reporter that sexual harassment was “acceptable” 10 or 15 years ago.
No, it wasn’t. It was never acceptable. Why is that even something that needs to be said?
Thursday, 24 August 2017
|Gender-neutral 1960s Christmas present.|
So I’m watching No More Boys And Girls on the BBC, a heartwarming story about how a teacher and a doctor help children to develop beyond the gender stereotypes that our culture tries to limit them to.
And I can’t understand why someone would disagree with this.
Saturday, 22 April 2017
|Husband's guitar, my Gene Vincent LP|
My first answer was “Where have you been for the last ten years?” My second answer was: “It used to be about people who liked music but now it’s about people who like money.”
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
Women of Punk last week. It was part of a series called The Reunion which “reunites a group of people intimately involved in a moment of modern history”.
Saturday, 15 April 2017
Sunday, 19 March 2017
Some time in the 1990s when I bought my first Windows computer, it came with a Pingu screensaver and game, which I thought was pretty cool. Everyone knows about Pingu but I sometimes wonder if I am the only person who remembers the Pingwings. Sometimes I think I imagined them, but no, they did exist, and at least one other person remembers them too.
Sunday, 12 March 2017
On the contrary, I said, punk was great for women because lots of women were making music where they had not had the chance before. I’ve always believed in this line and until recently it never crossed my mind that after punk this didn’t really carry on.
Thursday, 23 February 2017
The good news. The BBC is advertising for women to join a pool of experts available for interview on their specialist subject. They are putting on a free “media familiarisation day” for women experts interested in appearing on television, radio and online as contributors or presenters.
The bad news. They’ve got a whole list of things they want experts in, but “music” isn’t one. “Women in music” is.
Thursday, 2 February 2017
Today the government has announced a new strategy under the title Fuller Working Lives for getting older people back into the workplace. “Calling on employers to boost the number of older workers and ensure they are not writing people off once they reach a certain age,” they say. That’s nice of them because everyone my age knows what it’s like to get knocked back when looking for work.
So what is the government actually going to do to help us?