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I have a tendency to listen to Radio 4 on my way to work on the days when I don't feel like listening to music. It's relatively soothing and often quite interesting. Unfortunately my regular schedule gets me Thought for the Fucking Day about the time I go over Tesco flyover.

Usually it just induces eye-rolling scorn over its sixth-form platitudes and idiotic evidence-free assertions ("insight comes from the soul's remembrance of its own spiritual origin" WHAT THE FUCK DOES THAT EVEN MEAN???) but on occasion it leads me to such paroxysms of rage that even the company of Chris Moyles seems preferable. Today was a weird one though and lulled me into a false state of security before delivering its punchline. I'm sure Anne Atkins thinks of herself as a lovely person and maybe even a liberal but this morning's idiocy seemed to drift into highly politicised right wing dogwhistle territory.

Check this shit out, with my interpretation:

Preamble lovely village blah blah some sexist shit about map reading blah blah Jesus, who, apparently, was all for female equality in spite of never having been recorded as mentioning the subject. Then:
"The most important job most of us ever do is raising the next generation." - well that's reassuring to those of my friends who don't wish to, or can't, have children. You may be a writer, a scientist, a teacher, an artist but unless you've spawned your life is esentially worthless.

" A privilege which vitally embraces the commitment of two people, essentially different, equally involved, each incapable of creating a child alone." - "Child rearing is for a man and a woman committed in matrimony....."

"What interested me most about the navigational findings is that those who perform best are, what a surprise, not men alone or women alone but a mixed team of both" - ".....and all you gays and single parents can fuck right off. Especially those gays who might want to get married and maybe raise children."

Now maybe it's just me. But, given the prominence of the gay marriage issue and Anne Atkins' status as a "practising Anglican" I don't think so. Does somebody clear the scripts for what these fuckwits are going to say? Because I'm certainly not up for a bunch of Tea Party horseshit being beamed into my car before my coffee has even kicked in, however delicately coded it is.

Thought for the Day. Can you all just fuck off now please?

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20/9/12 19:02 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] motodraconis.livejournal.com
Just listened to it. Fucking hell, this sort of bullshit is what I had to battle against for most of my professional life, (it's still around for me now, but much more hidden and subtle.) Separate instructions for women! Scientists prove women can't read maps!

Most of my boyfriends have been hopeless map readers with an excessive addiction to chocolate that one might be tempted to call hormonal, if calling a liking of chocolate hormonal wasn't also ridiculous bullshit.

And nothing about the fact that money and security really helps kids, which they could equally get being raised by a secure gay or lesbian couple, as opposed to a single parent struggling to find cash and time.

Arrrgh aaarrrgh aaargh!
Edited 20/9/12 19:20 (UTC)

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20/9/12 19:57 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] hoiho.livejournal.com
Atkins is a thoroughly stupid nasty piece of work. And she has form for bigoted little "thoughts", on R4 and elsewhere.

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20/9/12 20:36 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] brixtonbrood.livejournal.com
Atkins is always like this, but I think that one is worth complaining about actually.

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20/9/12 20:45 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] hoiho.livejournal.com
I think you're right, it is. I don't understand why R4 persist with her, given her track record of attracting complaints (including from the CofE press office in the past). One almost wonders whether she's just a coat-trailing self-publicist. But I really don't think she's that bright.

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21/9/12 01:42 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] tortipede.livejournal.com
The only Christian commentators on TFTD that I have any time for are Giles Fraser and John Bell (the nice one from the Iona community). The Other Faiths are often pretty good value, but too many of the Christians are rather smug and narrow-minded, and I find AA one of the worst offenders.