It was meant as an innocuous joke to amuse young children. But on Monday Mr Men found itself at the centre of a sexism storm when a feminist academic condemned a gag as an example of "mansplaining". The claims centre on a conversation between Mr Clever and Little Miss Curious, and a pun about the Forth Bridge in Scotland. An exasperated Mr Clever explains the Unesco site is so-called because of the Forth River, after Little Miss Curious asks “what happened to the First, the Second and the Third Bridges” It resulted in a backlash from PhD student Shelby Judge. She accused Roger Hargreaves’ long-running series of perpetuating “antiquated gender roles” and branded its illustrated characters part of a “sexist iconography”. The 24-year-old academic said Mr Clever’s clarifying comment in the book, Mr Men in Scotland, is an example “mansplaining”, and said the book was telling girls they “need to be stupid”. The publishers dismissed her concern, saying the pun by the sightseeing fictional creations was nothing more than the characters getting up to their “usual antics”. "They're using Mr Men to enforce these ridiculous antiquated gender roles,” English literature student Ms Judge said. "It's meant to be a funny joke, but then it's always at the expense of women. It’s punching down. You don't have to joke at the expense of anyone, there's just no need. “It's an example of these tiny things that build up to create a whole patchwork quilt of sexist iconography that every child of any gender is going to internalise."
Ms Judge, studying at the University of Glasgow, claimed that jokes never need to be at anyone’s expense. She would however welcome a satirical “Mr Mansplain” character in Misterland, who could be mocked for his attitudes. The PhD student uncovered the allegedly misogynist Mr Men material during a visit to Stirling Castle where the book, with a reading age of three and up, was being sold in the gift shop. In the offending passage, Little Miss Curious naively asks what happened to bridges preceding the Forth Bridge, before Mr Clever explains the name comes from the River Forth. The blonde character then questions what happened to the “The River First, the River Second and the River Third”, before the bespectacled Mr Clever sighs: “It was going to be a long day”. Ms Judge said of the gift shop volume’s message: "They don't need to rely on such tired gender stereotypes for a children's story about Scotland.” "Why is that what you want to give as part of your souvenirs? It's the very definition of a micro aggression.” The publisher of Mr Men, now penned by the late Mr Hargreaves’ son Adam, has denied there is anything sinister in the special regional Mr Men adventure, which sees the nominatively determined characters acting out their various compulsions. Mr Strong tosses a caber, Mr Tickle pesters the Loch Ness Monster, and Mr Noisy plays the bagpipes. "In Mr Men Scotland, the many Mr Men and Little Miss characters in the book get up to their usual antics,” a spokesperson for publishers Egmont UK said. “The book is a celebration of Scotland and its unique heritage sites." Mr Men has previously been criticised for alleged sexism, over the marital title given to female characters, and the negative traits given to the Little Misses, including “Bossy”.
Extinction Rebellion's co-founder, Roger Hallam, has caused outrage after telling a German publication that the Holocaust was "just another f***ery in human history".
In an interview with Die Zeit, the 53-year-old appeared to downplay the genocide of six million Jews by Nazi Germany and claimed Germans' attitude towards the massacre was holding them back. He said: "The extremity of a trauma can create a paralysis in actually learning the lessons from it".]
"The fact of the matter is, millions of people have been killed in vicious circumstances on a regular basis throughout history".
Hallam mentioned other mass killings during the last 500 years, including the Belgians' slaughter in the Congo, adding: "They went to the Congo in the late 19th century and decimated it."
He suggested that because other genocides had repeatedly taken place over the centuries, the Holocaust could be considered "almost a normal event".
...this c*nt sums up the modern Scummy Labour Party voter perfectly;
"‘Oi @Jacob_Rees_Mogg you need to resign you’re an actual piece of s**t. ‘I beg everyone watch this – MP Jacob Rees Mogg in a nutshell saying Grenfell Victims should of [sic] had the common sense to escape. ‘I can’t believe the cheek f**king hell these politicians are actual aliens.’ He added: ‘My man said “if either of us were in fire, whatever the fire brigade said, we’d leave a burning building” as if to say “come on bro, they were just dumb” as if those who lost their lives weren’t smart enough to escape. F**king hell this man is the scummiest. ‘You can’t even make this stuff up. Donny said “If you JUST ignore what you’re told and leave you are so much safer” BRUV!!!!! ‘Let’s bare [sic] in mind for 2 secs how horrifiying and terrifying the situation would of been for the victims. Deep that for 2 secs. ‘And then imagine they’re being instructed by fire fighters – trusted government authorities – to stay put. ‘This scumbag is saying “well boy you lot are dumb to of [sic] listened then” can you imagine ?!!!! Oi get this p***k out of here these man are scumbags and they are wicked and evil.’ "
It seems to me that Brexit sounds the final bell for the 'Left wing' in this country.
They have deserted their principles, deserted their voters, deserted democracy, deserted the real world (evident in Parliament right now as they prefer to exist in their bubble, enjoying the platform and the sound of their own voices...pretending they haven't got to face the public)
My questions for you to discuss; Will the Labour Party be destroyed at the coming election? Will they continue to be the opposition? When are we likely to see a left-wing government in this country again?
This fella seems to have summed it up as well as anyone...
The Italian government want to do what the Labour Party have been saying we should do here...namely, spend more government money to stimulate growth.
The EU Commission is "demanding changes", telling Italy to revise it's budget. The Commission said the first draft represented a "particularly serious non-compliance" with its recommendations. The Commission Vice-President for the euro, Valdis Dombrovskis, said Italy's response to the commission's concerns was "not sufficient" to assuage fears - and the euro's rules were the same for everybody.
So I ask, as many of the Remainers on here are also supporters of higher government spending in the UK how do you feel about the statements from the commission?
Should Italy press ahead with their budget plans regardless?
...is now our best defender by a mile. £2m? What a bargain!
If we can get £25m for Mawson DO IT. He is a good lad but nowhere near as good as van der Hoorn.
The one who needs replacing (has done for about 3 f*cking years) is Kyle Bartley, use the profit from Mawson to get another HG centre-half (from the Championship) and a winger/no.10...then flog Bartley and invest in a young 4th choice centre-half with potential...and we will have improved our team...of course in reality they would trouser the cash, but I can but hope.
Think of this thread as an online version of Cluedo.
Do you have any theories? Would you please share them...I'll be honest I am hoping for a slanging match and a lot of unfounded accusations here, I do enjoy all the toys coming out of the pram.
I'll get you started with a possible candidate; Trampie ...bear with me.
Several months ago I started down arrowing all of Trampie's posts for a laugh. I don't know, it just struck me that the person who posts as 'Trampie' might be the type to get irritated by my childish Shadwell baiting and snap. Shortly after I started doing this...I stopped pretty quick, couldn't be arsed, down arrowing a posters every post takes dedication... Mart6 pops up down arrowing his lil cock off. Coincidence?