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Anything you can do, I can do worse

Violent offences and sex attacks, increased alcohol consumption and partner abuse, have all increased dramatically for women.

Gone are the days of ladylike behaviour. Increasingly women are copying the worst behaviours of men. They are just as likely as men to troll partners online; they are swearing more than men (who have cut down); and drinking more than ever before.

Teenage girls in the UK are twice more likely than boys to get drunk than almost anywhere else in Europe where it is the other way round. They are also more likely to be drink-driving than men from the age of 30 with a doubling of the number of women convicted for it since 1998.

figure_behind_bars_anim_500_wht_3524There are currently almost a hundred women in prison for violent behaviour, up a third, and over a hundred serving time for serious sexual offences, three times the number, compared to ten years ago.

One in three people affected by domestic abuse is male, 1 in 20 men in England & Wales, more than half a million compared to 900,000 women. Abuse from women in same sex partnerships is on the increase too.

And there are over twice as many women in prison for murder (260) and 50% more for wounding (354) than ten years ago.

David Wilson, professor of criminology at Birmingham City University, described it as a “genuine phenomenon“. He believes a proportion of women have always had the same violent tendencies as men, drinking, swearing etc, but the context has changed.

Previously women had less opportunity to socialise and be in public than men but now they are more likely to go out to work and at a time when social attitudes have changed. Sociology professor Frank Fuedi at the University of Kent said “a generation ago women would have been ashamed to be seen drunk in the street but now it is almost a badge of honour”.

For women all boundaries have gone and there are no clear rules about what is expected and how they should behave“. They are treating freedom like a big piece of cake”women have got it and some are gorging on it. They are often applauded for certain kinds of behaviour because it seems strong or brave or because it goes against the traditional grain

Linda Papadopoulos, a psychologist, finds it strange as she believes women are still people pleasers and one of the biggest trends is a women’s need to be perfect and conform. She saidsadly I think women are still huge people pleasers and perfectionism remains a big problem for them, underlying so many problems including eating disorders. Rather than breaking out of traditional expectations it’s about conforming to a new set of social norms that rewards the girl who burps the loudest or drinks the most“.

A sad state of affairs in my view but it seems you can’t put the genie back in the bottle. And she has a point about the state of women’s and girls’ mental health issues. But if girls are getting stroppier then why do they behave like snowflakes at university? Answers on a postcard please.


Boys need a leg up at school but treating them like girls?

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babies_with_blocks_spelling_learn_1600_wht_13401The latest research on children’s achievements suggest that there are a million lost boys out there.

These are the boys who have fallen behind girls in the communication skills they need to cope in class.

The research by the charity Save the Children and researchers from Bristol University says that this gap exists regardless of social class.

A professor of education at Bristol University said ” We found gender affects literacy attainment and language development irrespective of social class and includes boys from middle-class homes.

The worst affected area was Merseyside, where 5-year old boys were 17% behind girls in reaching expected standards in language and communication skills. But even in Rutland, which has low poverty levels, the gap was still 14%.

Girls are ahead of boys in all 152 local council areas in England.

This is worrying because children who fall behind before they reach school tend to stay behind…

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Girls more depressed & you can blame social media

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stick_figure_liking_it_500_wht_9170On the face of it today’s young people have never had it so good. Teenage pregnancies are down, fewer of them smoke and they drink less than previous generations.

So what have they got to be depressed about?

Well they spend an awful lot of time on social media, posting selfies, seeking approval from others. “Like me, like me” they seem to beg.

It’s a recipe for disaster and means they are continually comparing themselves with others. And it’s all artificial.

They spend hours making themselves up for selfies. I’ve taken loads of photographs at parties and invariably the women want to check the photos to make sure they’re OK.

Whether its posting selfies or posting posed photos on Facebook using cats, cuddly toys and even their babies as accessories, it’s all about wanting approval. Over half of teenagers are said to spend more than three hours…

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Women & men have different body clocks

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stick_figure_sleeping_1600_wht_5121If you are a woman and reading this in bed because you can’t sleep – well it’s not all your fault.

Women are going to bed later than they should and waking up later than they should because their circadian clocks are two hours ahead of mens’ but they feel they have to go to bed at the same time as their husbands or boyfriends (is that really true these days?)

So they are more tired at night but more alert in the morning and may be prone to insomnia (as women are 50% more likely to have sleep problems).

The circadian clock in our bodies regulates sleep-wake cycles and makes us feel alert or tired at appropriate times and is also responsible for jet-lag when we change time zones.

Humans can have different circadian rhythms and research on teenagers has led to some school starting lessons later to match them.

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“Wimmin”…………….

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I came across this article and thought it made interesting reading, given that it was written by a woman. You may not agree with everything (or indeed anything) she says but I find it an interesting discourse on the feminist agenda. I have argued long and hard for “equality of opportunity” for everyone, and anyone who has read my blogs over the years will know that I have championed female orchestral conductors and entry to professions that have traditionally been denied to women. 

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We have just had International Women’s Day. That time of year when feminist groups up and down the country cash in on the suffering of third world women by trying to convince us that if we get rid of our pay gap or get more women in boardrooms somehow that will impact on the third world woman’s life.

No one does this better than the Woman’s Equality…

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Negative portrayal of women and men in mass media

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“Mass media became one of the main sources of popular culture in modern capitalist society. Media, however, not only entertains and offers news to people, but also transfers the stereotypes, beliefs and values of the society to reproduce the existing order of social life.”

Lily Gataullina

Mass Media

Mass media exert extraordinarily powerful influences upon the way we think. For a number of years women has drawn attention to and fought against stereotypical and sexist portrayals of women in mass media. Unfortunately sexism against women remains, as pointed out in the recent documentary called Miss Representation:

What about men? Are they being treated nicer by the media?

As Jim Macnamara points out in “Dissing’ men: the new gender war”, “Until recently, gender theorists and media researchers have argued or assumed that media representations of men are predominantly positive, or at least unproblematic. Men have allegedly been shown in mass media as powerful…

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