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Saudi sheikh: perhaps they should wear Prof. Brains's famous insole!

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by Simon Ross, Sep 28, 2013.

  1. Simon Ross

    Simon Ross Active Member

  2. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    what a hoot!
    ...but then again, this is the Daily Mail!
  3. wdd

    wdd Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately it's only 'a hoot' if you live in a part of the world where what it is to be a women is less defined by men. Notice I have used the word less because acceptable femininity is still largely defined by men. It's not all that many years since female athletes were not allowed to compete in longer distance events for quasi scientific reasons, "Yes we are limiting your activities or if you want, we are defining what it is to be a woman but we are doing it for your own good".

    Even in our free societys women have to wear a relatively narrow 'uniform' conforming to a largely male definition of femininity. There are still certain work situations where women must wear skirts.

    I loved the advert that used to talk about 'unfeminine hair', eg leg hair. But all women have hair on their legs so by that definition of femininity all women are unfeminine? Also inherent in this idea is the idea that if they remove it they become feminine, ie by denying their natural feminine state they are allowed to be defined as feminine. What wonderful double think. Carry the same idea into dress, make up, hair, ways of being in society including sex and sexuality and the gap between Saudi and the 'free world' becomes shrinkingly small.

    The same forces that prevent women from driving in Suadi arabia are still alive and well but largely underground in the free world and have been subverted to such an extent that women are often the first to impose limiting definitions of femininity on other women.

    Hey, how come I am responding to this article when podiatry is dominated by women? Am I, as a man, imposing my own definition of femininity by suggesting that maybe you need to make your voices heard here and anywhere that men are trying to define what it is to be a woman?

  4. W J Liggins

    W J Liggins Well-Known Member

    Worry not! Male and female, transgender and those of every nation with every sexual preference can be improved by wearing the great Rothbart insoles!

    But, does that mean that BR and his acolytes are imposing their definition of 'abnormality' on all of the above? Never mind, perhaps my legs will get more hairy if I can afford a pair!


    Bill Liggins
  5. wdd

    wdd Well-Known Member

    Fortunately not. To impose their definition of anything they would have to be in a dominant position. However I don't imagine that they are too despondant as they know that it can take millenium for logic and rationality to surface when opposed against mysticism and metaphysics and even when logic does 'triumph' it's never a clear victory.


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