Colin Alcock

Verbal Ramblings.

The Weaker Sex?

In this age of equality, why are some women purporting to be the weaker sex?
I shall be contentious from the start. Are women trying to prove themselves the weaker sex? Some of the anti-sexist and egalitarian brigade seem determined to do so. They go out of their way to complain at the most stupid of perceived slights, which suggests to me that they accept they are weaker, they need hand holding and they have no grasp of the real values of respect and equal opportunities due to them.

I highlight a recent news report that shows the latest objection to sexist shopping trolleys at Tesco. Certainly the images are stereotyped, but does that really matter so much if they convey the right safety message. Sure, men do big trolley shops at supermarkets, as well as women. I do, for one. But do you expect the supermarkets to fit extended handles to the trolleys to incorporate graphics for everyone in the LGBT communities, as well. They shop, too. It would seem only fair. Even if the majority of shoppers with children (which the graphics depict) are women. And after all, how do you know that graphic does not represent a cross-dresser? The other notion that has been expressed of a neutral figure in trousers sounds very male, to me. Though no objection from me if it does.

Please, ladies, concentrate on the important issues. Stand up for yourselves, yes, but like most men, take some of the imagery around you with a pinch of Tesco salt. Read the message, before the motive, because most times there is no agenda in the depiction used.

Whatever your chosen stance in life, remember that, with a few medically unfortunate exceptions, we are born male or female, with different physiologies, strengths and weaknesses: and, as long as fair and basically equal opportunities are given to us, there is only one set of people who can stand in our way – ourselves.

There are bad things that go on and women have been demeaned in a number of areas for far too long. The current immediacy of social media has brought much to light. But seeing a article on sexist shipping trolleys sets a new low in our PC world that refuses, on one hand, for anyone or anything to be shown in anyway other than neutral, while at the same time, all those who do not conform to nature's basic model (for whatever reason) clamour for recognition (which is fair). In a multifaceted community, what is wrong in one image being shown in favour of another, provided the core message does what is intended.

Then I can't complain. I haven't found a supermarket trolley yet that says: "Not to be used by Men."