I have read many analysis and criticisms of Ibsen’s Dolls House, some from most distinguished authors, academics, critics and the like. Many often accuse the young Nora of being immature, silly even and ignorant too. Perhaps they are looking for ways to sideline the major event, the climax of the play.

All of this stuff often fails to credit her for a growing awareness of the necessity to behave in the only way she can. So that she might survive by combatting her treatment at the hands of men whose upbringing and culture has constantly taught them to treat women as inferior beings.

If imposed upon a child this inherited doctrine affects the way brothers respond to sisters, often mirroring their fathers’ treatments of their wives. Nora, therefore, responds accordingly at the climax of the play.

Move on 130 years.



Why sexism in rugby is completely unacceptable

Every single time a female takes part in a rugby broadcast there is a sad male keyboard warrior punching out his prejudice.


On Sunday night after Wales eventually disposed of Italy in suitable style I was looking forward to kicking back with a cuppa and watching the Scrum V dissection of the tournament’s opening weekend.

Relaxing with the pundits is part of a Six Nations Sunday rhythm. Yet by the time the programme finished, I felt something akin to rage. The weary fury was prompted by the inability of the minority of Welsh men on social media who simply can’t cope with women being involved with rugby. Every single time a female takes part in a rugby broadcast there is a sad male keyboard warrior punching out his prejudice on Twitter or Facebook. Because the women in question can rarely be faulted for their journalism, the insults inevitably focus on their personal appearance

This was demonstrated as Catrin Heledd made her Scrum V debut as Ross Harries’ co-presenter on Sunday. It is a tricky gig, balancing studio presentation with marshalling a divided panel discussion. But Catrin was assured, confident and knowledgeable – as befits her status as a talented sports journalist and broadcaster. The fact that someone with ovaries was sitting on the Scrum V settee was just too much for one male viewer, however. “Rancid blue eyeliner Scrum V. Obvs a new format of a chick on the sofa. PC gone crazy.”

Notwithstanding the fact Catrin wasn’t even wearing blue eyeliner – and even if she was that would be totally irrelevant – the comment was classic social media sexism, from the patronising use of “chick” to the pathetic mantra spouted by anyone threatened by decent notions of equality – “Political Correctness gone crazy”.

I replied thus: “Catrin is an experienced sports journalist. Get over your misogyny and join the 21st century.” He responded with the usual courage of a keyboard warrior who has been called out…he instantly blocked me and locked his account. What I found particularly depressing about the man who criticised Catrin and Scrum V’s decision to have a female presenter was the fact his header photo was of a crayoned message obviously written by his young daughter. “I love Daddy” it read, signed with her name. So what opportunities does he want for her? How would he feel if she had ambitions in sport and was trolled online?

Yet after reading sexist nonsense on social media, you often click on the profile of an abusive guy and find him proudly displaying pictures of the women in his family. Why does he never make the connection?



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