Houellebecq’s “Submission” – A Caliphate Fantasia In Rotterdam

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Michel Houellebecq’s controversial novel, “Submission”, published in 2015, received a mixed reception from both the press and politicians. Not surprisingly, Marine Le Pen, leader of the right-winged “Front National”, described the work as, “fiction that one day could become reality.”  Michel Houellebecq’s… Continue Reading

“Transgender” As A Noun – A Step Towards Gender Equality?

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I wasn’t planning on writing anything else on the subject, so quickly, until I received a few comments, pointing out that I had made a terrible mistake, making me (for some) unworthy to write anything on the subject of transgender… Continue Reading

Would You Accept A Transgender As Your Secretary? We are right to defend transgenders, but would you accept one in your office?

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Erratum – I have been correctly told  – “correctly”, because that’s the way it is (is it the way it should be?) – that the word “transgender” without the term “person”, should not be used. It is deemed to be… Continue Reading

Feminism Never Killed Anybody

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I recently wrote a post on “The Neon Demon”, a 2016 horror film that I watched on my movie pay-channel. My main thought was that Nicolas Refn, who directed the film, had cast the female characters with such masculine bias, that… Continue Reading

“Beauty Isn’t Everything, It’s The Only Thing.” The Neon Demon attacks blondes who move, and blondes who don't

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Horror films are really not my genre, but I do admit that if the storyline is good, and the special effects not too distasteful, they can make for compelling viewing. With aspiring model, Jesse, moving to Los Angeles, and getting… Continue Reading

Charlie Hebdo and the Caliphate Factory

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“We didn’t know.” At the time of Hurricane Harvey, Charlie Hebdo’s cartoon, featuring Nazi’s drowning in Texas, with the caption “God exists, He has drowned all the Nazi’s in Texas,” provoked a mis-directed world-wide outcry. The latest controversy will probably… Continue Reading

Sexism And The City – Nature Or Nurture?

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Men are afraid that women will laugh at them.  Women are afraid that men will kill them. –  Margaret Atwood The last time I said anything remotely qualified as sexist, was in 1980, in a Chinese restaurant in the West-End of… Continue Reading

I Can See The Toilets, But Where’s The Bar?

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Rightly or wrongly, I cannot relate to how members of LGBT communities feel about themselves and the situation they find themselves in. This does not mean that I’m not aware that, most of the time, these human beings are the… Continue Reading

Dressed To Thrill: Meet The “Kini’s”

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When we stopped over in a hotel in Strasbourg, on our way down to Italy, my son was looking forward to a dip in the hotel pool. We were deeply disappointed to find out that the hotel rules did not… Continue Reading

Simone Veil And Abortion – A Woman’s Voice In A Man’s World

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Simone Veil (1927 – 2017) Simone Veil will be remembered as the health minister who gave women throughout France the right to abortion, as well as being the first woman to become president of the European Parliament. She represented the… Continue Reading