16/04/2011

France's Burqa Ban - Aid to equality or pandering to the Right wing?

So the burqa ban was implemented this week in France, with politicians declaring that its all about secularism and equality amongst men and woman. Laudable sentiments which I fully support, but I'm not quite sure I believe... For a start the law didn't mention women, or the burqa or as I understand it any religious symbols. I guess it's fair to say that neither men or women of any religious persuasion will be permitted to wear a balaclava in public anymore -  burglars will doubtless be outraged... Let's hope France doesn't have any really bad winters anytime soon, no more scarves around your nose and mouth to keep out the chill...

Whilst the majority of the French appear to support the ban, a small but vocal minority, including Rachid Nekkaz (who incidentally is not a supporter of the burqa/niqab) have vowed to fight the introduction of the law on the grounds that it is non democratic. I can't say that I disagree. What democracy - apart from France now - dictates what people can/can't wear in the streets? One young woman very publicly took a stance against what she believes is a breach of her human rights i.e. The right to wear the veil should she wish. Kenza Drider said, "This is about basic fundamental human rights and freedoms. I will go out in my full veil and I will fight. I'm prepared to go all the way to the European court of human rights and I will fight for my liberty…If women want to walk around half-naked I don't object to them doing so. If they want to wear tight jeans where you can see their underwear or walk around with their breasts hanging out, I don't give a damn. But if they are allowed to do that, why should I not be allowed to cover up?"

05/04/2011

How NOT to treat your wife. If you know what's good for you...

It is important for men to remember that, as women grow older, it becomes harder for them to maintain the same quality of housekeeping as when they were younger. When you notice this, try not to yell at them. Some are overly sensitive, and there's nothing worse than an overly sensitive woman. My name is Nick. Let me relate how I handled the situation with my wife, Wanda.

When I took "early retirement" last year, it became necessary for Wanda to get a full-time job, both for the extra income and for the health benefits that we needed. Shortly after she started working, I noticed she was beginning to show her age. I usually get home from the golf course about the same time she gets home from work. Although she knows how hungry I am, she almost always says she has to rest for half an hour or so before she starts dinner. I don't yell at her. Instead, I tell her to take her time and just wake me when she gets dinner on the table. I generally have lunch in the Men's Grill at the club so eating out is not reasonable. I'm ready for some home cooked grub when I hit that door.

She used to do the dishes as soon as we finished eating. But now it's not unusual for them to sit on the table for several hours after dinner. I do what I can by diplomatically reminding her several times each evening that they won't clean themselves. I know she really appreciates this, as it usually seems to motivate her to get them done before she goes to bed.