MEN and women are not equal. They are biologically different. That
would seem to be patently obvious except to members of today's crazy
politically-correct society with its same-sex marriages and equal
maternity and paternity leave, which the government is currently
has not yet developed so far that men can become pregnant, give birth
and breastfeed - all factors that makes being a mother different from
being a father, despite all the politically correct statements about
So I don't get why fathers should get the same rights as mothers when it comes to parental leave.
despite what many will probably call my reactionary statements (if they
don't use much ruder language), I still regard myself as a feminist.
well remember the problems of being a mother in the 1960s and 70s when
one was torn between the frustrations of being a stay-at-home mum with
so much unused potential bubbling up inside with nowhere to go and the
guilt of going out to work.
is why I don't think that fathers should be burdened with the same
dilemma of whether or not to take a complete career break while they
totally immerse themselves in nappies and bottle feeds.
mums, probably a minority and probably a smaller minority of dads, are
perfectly happy spending their days communicating only with babies and
more, however much they may enjoy their parenting roles, crave some
more grown-up type of stimulation and want to go out to work. But
working nine-to-five and much longer in today's workaholic society is
equally frustrating as it makes massive inroads into family life.
it can't be good for a marriage when one spouse is stuck at home and
the other at work, particularly when the homemaker is the husband who
was traditionally the breadwinner.
must be - and are - much more creative ways of balancing parenting and
work than both parents who want to work taking huge chunks of time off,
at huge expense to their employers and to the utter boredom of the
spouse left at home.
the heady feminist days of the late 20th century, working at home
probably meant a little cottage industry like selling goods from your
living room as many religious mothers of large families do to keep
their husbands learning Torah.
But in today's computerised world, the most high-powered job can be done remotely.
instead of having to pay out huge amounts in paid maternity and
paternity leave, why don't large companies save on expensive office
space in city centres, cut down on commuters' road congestion and
encourage new mums and dads to work remotely from home where they can
keep one eye on their offspring while they keep up their work skills?
Because current thinking is all about equal rights and not about real life.
paradox is that when it comes to parental leave and same sex marriage
the modern world behaves as though there were no biological differences
between the sexes, yet outside the world of work the very opposite is
the feminist days of the latter half of the 20th century, unisex was
the in-thing as both sexes wore identical scruffy jeans and sweaters.
Feminists in those bra-burning days protested against Miss World competitions which portrayed women as sexual objects.
little girls become sexual objects long before they're old enough to
have their pretty little heads bothered about such things.
A recent survey found that 87 per cent of Girl Guides thought women were judged more on their appearance than their ability.
Nearly half were unhappy with their looks and more than a half were trying to lose weight.
Children's Commissioner for England Sue Berelowitz reported that
pornography and pop music videos treated women as "pieces of meat" to
researchers found that children aged between 12 and 14 faced strong
peer pressure to engage in sexting explicit images of themselves. The
NSPCC felt that this was becoming the norm even for pre-teens.
of these shocking revelations show the sense behind charedi measures to
limit Internet use and keep the distances between the sexes, even if
they sometimes may appear rather extreme.
we are living in extreme times in which in some areas of modern life
men and women are viewed as absolutely identical, whereas in others
women - especially young girls - are being sexually exploited more than
Middle East is split between Sunnis and Shiites, the Muslim Brotherhood
and the current Egyptian military regime, Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad
and the countless groups who form his opposition.
one thing that unites all these warring groups is their common hatred
of Israel. Before the recent Iranian deal was struck, superficially
Sunni Saudi Arabia and Israel appeared to be on the same side in their
common fear of the nuclear intentions of Shiite Iran.
Saudi ambassador to the UK Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz vehemently warned against Western "appeasement" of Iran.
in the same interview in which he hinted at a nuclear arms race between
his country and Iran, Prince Mohammed stressed that Saudi Arabia had no
intention of entering into an alliance with Israel against Iran.
Instead he urged the international community to press Israel to sign
the Non-Proliferation Treaty, saying: "It happens everyone is talking
about Iran, but Israel has to prove that their programme is peaceful,
as we are demanding from the Iranians."
Demonisation of Israel is the one factor which unites all the countries of the Middle East and many much further afield.
Al Jazeera TV programme on worsening Turkey-Israel relationships was up
in arms because the Knesset had considered marking the Armenian
genocide which Turkey disputes.
When is genocide not a genocide?
When it is perpetrated by any Middle Eastern state except Israel!