Today’s Post is going to be a bit of a (semi-)random link dump, with some commentary thrown in. You might notice a common theme or two.
The Truth will set you free… but lies will get you thrown in the slammer. At least, it will get you thrown in jail if you lie to the police and waste their resources:
AN ENNISKILLEN mother-of-two who lied to police about being gang raped by three Lithuanian men because she didn’t want her husband to find out she was having an affair has been jailed for three months.
33-year-old Magdalena Brojek told police and her husband that she was abducted by three foreign men and raped at an unknown address.
Brojek, of The Sidings, Breandrum, Enniskillen, pleaded guilty to a single charge of wasting police time by making a false report when she appeared before Enniskillen Magistrates Court.
While part of me is glad to know this woman is being punished for her lies, another part realizes that it isn’t the nature of her lie which got her in trouble with the police, but the fact that her lie cost the police money. Of course, if you are a minor then you get away with just a slap on the wrist. Because she was only 15, and because the article hints at some serious problems she had, I suppose I can live with her receiving such a pathetic punishment.
However, that would change entirely if someone innocent had been named as the rapist. If you are old enough to know how to allege a rape against someone on your own, then you are old enough to pay the price. And if you falsely accuse a specific individual of raping you, then as far as I’m concerned you should spend as much time in prison as the victim of your fraud would have if convicted.
Lots of folks are getting ready in Brazil for the World Cup. Prostitutes are no exception to this.
So what are Brazil’s sex workers doing to prepare for increased traffic during the World Cup? At the top of the list: learning English. There will be six matches played at the city’s Mineirão stadium, and according to Laura Mario Do Espirito Santo — a founding member of Aprosmig, a union for prostitutes within the state of Minas Gerais — “[English] gets you ahead.”
Some of you might have heard of the rash of articles by feminists lately arguing that women need to stop putting off having children. This piece by Kirstie Allsopp is one of them. Lest anyone get any ideas that women, feminists even, are starting to wise up to the faults in their beliefs, think again. Yes, there is a lot of sense in what they have to say. An example:
“Women are being let down by the system. We should speak honestly and frankly about fertility and the fact it falls off a cliff when you’re 35. We should talk openly about university and whether going when you’re young, when we live so much longer, is really the way forward.
“At the moment, women have 15 years to go to university, get their career on track, try and buy a home and have a baby. That is a hell of a lot to ask someone. As a passionate feminist, I feel we have not been honest enough with women about this issue.”
Allsopp is fully aware that there are people who will find her opinions grating, preaching as she is from a fabulous central London home. “But I don’t say it from a position of smugness. I only whistled in there by a miracle when it came to children. This isn’t something I’ve just decided in an arbitrary way. [Fertility] is the one thing we can’t change. Some of the greatest pain that I have seen among friends is the struggle to have a child. It wasn’t all people who couldn’t start early enough because they hadn’t met the right person.
This is a lot more sense that you normally find in a feminist, but don’t be fooled. There is nothing traditional minded about this at all. Another snippet:
“I don’t have a girl, but if I did I’d be saying ‘Darling, do you know what? Don’t go to university. Start work straight after school, stay at home, save up your deposit – I’ll help you, let’s get you into a flat. And then we can find you a nice boyfriend and you can have a baby by the time you’re 27.”
Notice how marriage has no place in that nice little life plan. Nor anything resembling a stable family household or the like. Nope this is pure, unadultered female entitlement at work. Oh there is room for romance, and for experiencing life to the fullest later on, and for children. But you won’t find any room for female obligations to men. Far from it. Ms. Allsop, and yes, she isn’t married (and has had two bastard children with her “partner”), is merely trying to preserve female primacy. She knows that women are at a huge disadvantage compared to men in terms of fertility, something which offends her delicate feminist sensibilities. So even as she argues for women to start having children sooner, she wants to make men pay for their biological advantage:
“But there is a huge inequality, which is that women have this time pressure that men don’t have. And I think if you’re a man of 25 and you’re with a woman of 25, and you really love her, then you have a responsibility to say: ‘Let’s do it now.’ I was lucky with Ben that he absolutely wanted more children immediately and he was very committed to that. But men need to know, men need to be taught in school that there is a responsibility, that if you love someone, decide if you want to have a child with that person or not.”
Note that we have, as is the norm in the present age, female privilege and male responsibility. The man here has responsibility, but does he gain anything in return? Well, children, of course. That he is now financially responsible for. Oh wait, that’s more responsibility on the man. Women love to decry men for “objectifying women.” But that is mere projection. The truth is that it is women who do most of the objectifying- seeing men as walking ATMs or walking sperm banks, and sometimes both if they are lucky. Not to mention that they secretly long to be objectified in return.
Don’t be fooled by this sudden “change of heart” on the part of feminists. It isn’t a sudden epiphany on their part. They still acknowledge only as much reality as they are forced to. Rather, this is an attempt to preserve the feminist system that has been built in the West. After all, if all the strong, proud, independent women out there aren’t having children, then who is? Why, those pesky religious folks who stand for everything feminism is against. We can’t have them overturning the system now, can? Setting that aside, delaying children creates a risk that too many women won’t be able to have it all. And, as Ms. Allsop points out, that is letting women down. Preserving society? Not important. Making sure that women can live out their perfect life script? The core value of Western Society.
Mrs. ktc helpfully reminded me of Robert Frost’s take on diplomacy:
A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age
This got me thinking (yes, I know, a dangerous thing), and I applied some Game concepts to create a corollary to this:
A player is a man who always forgets a woman’s birthday but never forgets her age
I’m sure that someone else has already created something similar, or even exactly the same, but I wanted to express this nonetheless. Some personal observations I have made recently have reminded me of the stark truth that attractiveness trumps all else when it comes to women interacting with me. For “players” it is often the case that they know only what matters to them about a woman -such as her age- and know nothing (and don’t care to find out) about what doesn’t matter- such as her birthday. And why not? As long as he is attractive to her, pretty much all other failings are simply ignored by the woman. In an interesting twist of fate, the female Hamster and the male player are often in agreement. Fancy that.