Our straight talking Lancashire lass takes a sideways look at the daily news.
Girl power for girls in power
This week something historic happened in the field of feminism. Something that will never directly effect you or I, but is quite a leap forward in terms of gender equality. Sort of.
For the past 300 years, it has been decreed (by men) that royal women would never be allowed direct succession to the throne. But now, the 16 Commonwealth countries (or ‘Realms’ – yes, people still actually use that term) have approved changes that mean if Prince William and Kate Middleton have a baby girl first, she gets to be Queen before her younger brothers get a look in.
David Cameron gushed over this development as he announced the changes to the Commonwealth gathering in Australia. Clearly this is an issue close to the Prime Ministers’ heart – but then again, he is fifth cousin twice-removed from Queen Elizabeth II. It’s in the blood.
Personally, I couldn’t give two hoots. I’ll never get to be Queen so I’m not bothered. But the whole male-heir thing got me irked.
I once went out with a guy who took pride in being the male heir of his family – I can’t tell you how off-putting it was to hear an otherwise intelligent man smugly bragging about his testosterone-entitlement to the family heirlooms. I couldn’t believe that people still thought in those terms!
Ah well, if we get another Queen after King William (let’s face it, Prince Charles probably won’t get his turn) then at least we’ll get to splash out of the champagne and strawberries. Which, according to research is really good for you. At least, eating strawberries can help counteract the damaging effects of alcohol on your stomach. It’s the same thing though.
Speaking of which, I think I’ll have some strawberries this afternoon in preparation for that lovely bottle of Frizzante Pinot Grigio that is currently chilling in my fridge. Yummy.
Have a great weekend!