It’s time for us all to take a stand and reject sexism

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On Facebook there’s a community group called ‘man who has it all’. It purports to offer advice for men: top tips for juggling a successful career and fatherhood.

It’s not been around long, but already has more than 40,000 people following its helpful updates.

I implore both sexes to take a stand and complain where sexism exists

But before you get excited, it’s worth bearing in mind that it’s a parody of the type of babble produced by the media and others about being a woman and how to juggle a career and motherhood.

The page works brilliantly because the parodies are sublime. They get you thinking about the inane messages that are shared on a daily basis.

Like this one. ‘Today’s debate: should men planning to start a family be legally obliged to tell their employer’?

It’s interesting because the first time I read a post I found it rather funny. But it didn’t connect quite how often these messages are shoved down women’s throats and the ridiculous nature of them.

But then, in a national newspaper a few weekends back, came this: ‘Are women really worse with money? Do you treat yourself to a life of luxury for half the month, then scrimp for the rest?’

Can you imagine for one minute an article like that appearing for men?

It’s time to stop accepting this dross and the follow-up articles in the women’s section, such as ‘What’s your money personality type’? Seriously? Are women not allowed to be in charge of their own budgets and clever enough to read financial pages without having to have a personality type attached to them?

It’s so patronising and it’s everywhere, this quiet put-down of women.

So ingrained is it that we often fail to notice its creep into our lives and I fear that unless we take a stand and refuse to accept the inequality, it will just continue.

And it’s there about men too, the comments about being unable to clean a house or change a nappy.

I implore both sexes to take a stand and complain where sexism exists. Don’t tacitly agree to swallow what the media serves up, or take those jokes which cut deeply.

These attitudes tend to stick for life. So let’s all fight back, starting now.

I’VE ONLY WATCHED IT ONCE AND I’M ALREADY FEELING EXHAUSTED

Have you heard of Outlander? It’s a show billed as Amazon’s answer to Game Of Thrones and I learned recently that it’s been filmed in the village in Scotland where I used to live.

I decided to read the book prior to watching it and it’s exhausted me.

If ever there was a story about going one place and then another with loads of sex mixed in, then Outlander is it.

There are another seven or so in the series, but I have to admit that I’m already plain exhausted from all the coupling.

It’s Mills and Boon on Viagra and I can quite see why Outlander creator Diana Gabaldon has such a loyal following.

Obviously I can’t wait to watch the series now as well...

WAS IT REALLY A GIANT RAT, OR PHOTOGRAPHED AT AN ANGLE?

I read with horror about a giant rat which was found dead beside a playground in London.

Apparently the creature was four-foot long. How grim and gross is that?

There are suspicions that a superbreed is taking over the sewage systems and making its way out to feast.

If James Herbert’s predictions were correct, the rats will be eating us before long.

But if we take into account Father Ted’s lesson from Craggy Island about perspective – the difference between what is small and what is far away – we might all rest better in our beds.

The rat in question was photographed at an angle that suggests trickery.

Whichever it is – giant or less-so – be thankful for the urban foxes who feast upon such delicacies.