You have got to be kidding, Beeb.
Do politicians ignore the ‘men’s vote’?
Listen to the Westminster political debate in recent months and you will hear one group regularly given special attention: women.
Ed Miliband has accused the government of introducing changes in areas such as social security that are “hitting women twice as hard as men”.
Meanwhile, David Cameron says that, with government initiatives like lifting over a million people out of paying tax, “it is mostly women who benefit”.
But what you will not hear is the opposite – top politicians saying they have policies specifically directed at male voters, or “male issues”.
You’re joking. You’re joking. Please tell me you’re joking.
But some men say they feel increasingly alienated from politicians who seem to talk less about their concerns.
Glen Poole is strategic director of the Men’s Network based in Brighton, which recently held a national conference to raise awareness among other men’s groups and policy-makers about their agenda.
You have got to be kidding!
They don’t talk about “their concerns” because they take them for granted because men are the assumed sex and women are the weird pathetic aberrations who need special frowning worried mention. This is not because women are stealing all the things!
This goes back a long way. From the moment women achieved the vote in the 1920s, political campaigners have targeted them and what are categorised as “women’s issues” – family, for example, or household spending.
Or baby food, or how to get the floor sparkling clean, or shoes, or The Shopping Channel. The kind of shit women pay attention to.