Equality Isn't A Matter Of Comparison

Look, guys, white guys, white Western guys; we get it. Life sucks more for more women in some other countries than it does for many women in white, Western nations. We know. Many of us have been raising awareness of the fact for years now. You don't have to tell us. You especially don't have to tell us when we try to raise the subject of the shit that white, Western patriarchy does.

"Stop complaining about this rape culture thing. At least you're not living in Saudi Arabia."

I er, okay, where did that come from? What has that got to do with the UK?

"Well, it's worse over there, so stop complaining."

Is that how it works? Seriously? Hmmm. Let's play this one out with an analogy.

There are two men awaiting trial outside court. They chat a bit, tell each other what they're there for, that sort of thing. The first guy gets called up. He's a pretty mean character; he beat a guy into a coma during a mugging. The trial is over quickly as he pleads guilty; he was dumb enough to take a selfie with the unconscious victim.

The second guy gets called in. He's not such a bad guy. He fell in with a bad crowd, made a few mistakes and eventually mugged a guy. Oh, he only held him up with a knife. He didn't even cut his victim. He pleads not guilty and his lawyer starts his defence.

"Well, yes, my client may have carried out those actions, but is he guilty of doing something wrong? The defendant who was on this very stand not an hour ago put his victim into a coma! My client just took a man's wallet. By comparison he's a saint."

This is the best defence the judge has ever heard. It's so obvious; how had she never heard such a defence before? Hurting someone is okay, as long as you don't do anything worse than someone else has done!

Yeah, that's logical.

So the next time someone tries to shout down a woman complaining about inequality by explaining that the problem is worse somewhere else I'll be allowed to break their fingers, right? Because it's not like I'm permanently crippling them or anything. Worse things happen in other countries when you piss someone off. I mean, compared to Kim Jong Un I'd be a saint.

From The Bus Window

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