The first thing I do when I get the new issue of the Radio Times is to check it for feminist content. In the latest issue we have Alison Graham whining on about something or other – no change there, then – and I was surprised to find a man has penned the ‘Letter of the week’. So far so good. But the writer complains about cuts to the BBC budgets, and offers to pay a sum in addition to the licence fee. You couldn’t make it up. I suppose it was inevitable that when a man wrote the ‘Letter of the week’ he would have to be a Leftie.
An article which caught my eye was by Mary Ann Sieghart, relating the story of Chantelle Taylor, the first woman known to have killed in combat in the British army. A medic, she shot dead a Taliban fighter in Helmand province in Afghanistan. Ms Taylor is reported as saying, ‘It’s not harder for a woman to take a life. It’s survival of the fittest. There’s a fair share of men out there who couldn’t do it.’ What a proud day for womankind. How appropriate that the story appears in a magazine which relentlessly ridicules traditionally-minded women.