Anne’s eye­wear blurs her fo­cus on fem­i­nism

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - SQUARE EYES - IANHYLAND

Iknow Anne Robin­son’s glasses prob­a­bly shouldn’t have been my main takeaway from The Trou­ble

With Women last night. How­ever, I couldn’t help won­der­ing how many pairs she owns.

I counted at least six. And now I’m try­ing to work out whether Anne is re­ally fash­ion­able and just wanted to put on a show, or she’s just re­ally for­get­ful and keeps los­ing them.

For­tu­nately I wasn’t so fo­cused on Anne’s eye­wear that I missed the ac­tual im­por­tant point she was high­light­ing in this doc­u­men­tary.

Namely, how ut­terly ridicu­lous it is that men are still be­ing paid more than women for do­ing ex­actly the same or sim­i­lar jobs.

Even some­one like me – ie. a uri­nal user – could see how in need of rec­ti­fi­ca­tion that is. I was less con­vinced by some of the other is­sues Anne dis­cussed with the fe­male hu­mans she met on her tour around the world of mod­ern fem­i­nism.

In fact, some of it left me con­fused – not least the young fem­i­nist who ap­peared to be say­ing it was OK for men to stare at her breasts as long as they only did it once. As for the de­bate over “pink for girls, blue for boys” toy pack­ag­ing, I sus­pect that’s more down to lazi­ness and con­ve­nience than any­thing else.

Trust me, when your kid is go­ing to yet an­other birth­day party and you’ve got 10 min­utes to find a last­minute present in the toyshop you need all the short­cuts you can get.

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