Late home tonight, bite to eat, a phone call and it's a midweek Smoky-Drinky! I have samples arriving soon and if they're here by Friday I'll be working all weekend so best take the chance while it's there.
Before I dash off, I couldn't help commenting on the French feminists who are in uproar because a woman won't do exactly as she's told. You'd think it would be the other way round, but no, this particular woman won't do what the feminists demand she do, therefore she is causing oppression of women (no, me neither).
She's a candidate for some lefty bunch of humourless idiots or other, she's Muslim and she wears a headscarf. No veil. No huge black dress. Just a headscarf. Oh, and ordinary clothes too. She doesn't go around in nothing but a headscarf.
My grandmother was so Protestant you'd think James I was still on the throne. She used to speak of all other denominations as 'those Chapel people' in tones that made me imagine them with horns and tails. I don't think she had even heard of Islam.
She. and her gang of senile delinquents, were never seen in public without headscarves. It was a mystery to me why she would spend so long in the hairdressers to have her hair styled and dyed electric blue and then never let anyone see it. The headscarf wasn't like the Muslim one, it was a square of flowery material folded into a triangle and tied under her chin, but it was the same in principle. Outside the house, her hair was always covered. It was nothing to do with religion as far as I could tell, it was more a sort of geriatric hoodie gang thing.
I'm not at all bothered by headscarves. I don't even care about the black dress. Veils, different matter. if someone approaches me on the street wearing a veil I'll be very uneasy about that. I can't judge your intent if I can't see any expression so I'm going to default to 'defensive'.
But surely, feminism is all about women being allowed to do as they like with nobody ordering them around? Hiding your face in a bank or post office is definitely a no-no, but surely a headscarf is of no consequence? It doesn't obscure the face, in fact it makes the face clearer by holding back the hair.
critics have said that the young activist's headscarf, which conceals only her hair, goes against values of laïcité – secularism – and women's rights.
Women, the feminists have spoken. You have the right to do as they tell you.
Well, smoky-drinky beckons. Must dash. On the way, I'll have a chuckle as I imagine these 'feminists' trying to get the headscarves off my grandmother and her friends. They were all brought up in rough mining villages, in a time when nobody took attackers to one side and explained how they felt about being attacked.
Well, they did. Just not verbally.