Hinging on gender equality
I've never been much of a feminist. I mean sure, I'm all for universal suffrage and equal pay, but I'm also a big fan of swanky lingerie and sanity, so bra-burning and Germaine Greer have never seemed very appealing. Besides, I'm currently a housewife looking after a baby and I'm almost entirely dependent on my bloke for financial support (and the gorgeous man does the shopping and laundry, which is brilliant). So I'm not one to push the feminism barrow too forcefully.
While I'm on the subject though, I'd like to get something off my underwire-supported chest. At the risk of being a complete traitor to my gender. I ask:
Why do women complain when men leave the toilet seat up?
This has me stumped. Granted, I think it would be slightly easier to sit on the loo if one didn't first have to move the seat from a vertical to a horizontal position. But it's hardly the kind of ordeal that's likely to ruin my day. I doubt I'd even risk breaking a nail in the process. And surely the incorporation of a hinge into the overall toilet design has facilitated the task to the point of maximum convenience, without splashing out for a hi-tech gadget like this (Quicktime movie from TOTO Japan - where else?).
The most important point, of course, is that men rarely complain when women leave the seat down. They seem to accomplish the baffling and strenuous task of moving a piece of moulded plastic through 90 degrees without turning it into a drama of misandry.
Get over it, girls. Let's save our angst for something that really counts. Overt fart-pride, perhaps. Or the discrepancy between male and female beach volleyball uniforms.
Any more suggestions?