Rape. It’s a word you use when discussing a crime or a field of yellow flowers. No one should have to be told this, yet increasingly the word rape seems to be seen as something hilarious to play with. A cute portmanteau that makes me want to unfriend people on my Facebook profile is Frape. HA! HA! Someone got into your Facebook account and wrote an embarrassing status on your profile, that’s totally comparable.
Last week as I overheard a pair of young women discussing men, “Seriously, you have to treat them like kids, my mum always tells me that” “you know, I sometimes think they aren’t as helpless as all that, it’s just a clever way of getting out of everything and having your girlfriend or mum do everything for you”
If it is a clever ruse, then Ikea Australia are the latest company to fall for it. Following in the footsteps of washing powder and cleaning product campaigns (it’s best not to get me started on these, so all women are mums, all men are too dumb to clean but men tell us all what product to use? ARGH) Ikea gives us Manland. A Four day experiment to celebrate Father’s Day, Ikea are now considering Manlands in every store.
One for the Wish List
In April 1872 a letter was published in The Times entitled ‘Are Women Animals?’ Questioning the status of women in the 19th century, with fewer rights than animals in the law were women even recognised as fully human? Perhaps, the letter suggested, women should take up the status of animals in order to improve their lives.
Whether women are the equal of men has been endlessly debated. Whether they have souls is a moot point. But can it be too much to ask for a definitive acknowledgement that at least they are animals?”