• connie posted a new activity comment 7 months, 2 weeks ago

    I would suggest that a big part of the lack of interest is the lack of history and therefore drama. Professional sports is more entertainment industry than anything. The men’s game has been around for decades and with that comes a huge history of previous encounters and events that all add to the intrigue. Think England vs Argentina for example and the infamous hand of god and Beckham’s sending off. Apart from geographical derbies the woman’s game hasn’t been main stream long enough for this kind of drama to have built up yet.

  • connie posted a new activity comment 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    Undoubtedly a fascinating and controversial topic, which science may inform but not completely solve. I can happily both support Caster and wish for a fair athletic solution, without knowing what it might be, as I sit here, on the fence (ouch!).

    Ina recent report it is stated that Semenya is an “affected athlete” under IAAF regulations, which list the specific differences of sex development (DSDs) that are of concern to sport. These cases all involve “46, XY” disorders, whereby individuals with one X chromosome and one Y chromosome in each cell (a pattern normally typical of males)…”

    Elsewhere I have not seen this verified and I don’t think it has been referenced as fact in this thread. I don’t know if it is true, but it is stated in the article that Semenya has acknowl…[Read more]

  • I might be wrong but I did read it somewhere that she mainly identifies as male but also identifies as female. Either way I do feel for her but unfortunately I’m not sure how else you protect female sport?

  • I used to get awful migraines and the doctor prescribed me with this drug. It worked infrequently and I didn’t rate it much at all.

    In the end, I took drastic action and stopped all medication. I then took myself off the Pill. I think coming off the Pill is what finally allowed me to begin life migraine free.

  • Anita Roddick. Both by showing my generation that women could build a big business from scratch and for being the first retailer to put it onto every high street that the earth mattered. She left every penny to charity when she died, as well.

  • Queen Victoria?

  • connie replied to the topic Smashing things up in the forum General Banter 1 year, 6 months ago

    football brings out the absolute worst in people

    More a sad indictment of the herd mentality of crowds. If people weren’t so sheep-like, en masse, then 90% of that crowd would have acted on their natural inclination and shouted those idiots down from the vehicle.

  • connie posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

    This World Cup has been helped but also hindered by VAR. Now we have players screaming at the ref to review every little thing. Injuries are exaggerated even more as an attempt to get VAR to look at things and hopefully get a decision.

    While there have been some things that VAR has helped with, there are many other behaviours that it seems to be encouraging.

    I do like the fact that Gareth Southgate seems to be drumming into the England players that they should do their damnedest to avoid getting hold of anyone in the penalty area and risking a penalty. The Tunisia one went against them – good reason to make sure they keep their discipline.

  • connie replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 1 year, 7 months ago

    Thing is with one of the Kane corner tussles, just before that disgraceful rugby tackle, Stones, also waiting for the corner to swing in, pushed a Tunisian in the back and he fell to the ground. So if the VAR were to give it to Kane, they’d have had to have given the Stones foul moments prior to it. So they left it all well alone. Wise.

    Not sure about the other one.

  • While I am not financially independent I am very independent in that I don’t do the little woman thing very well.
    I am very straight I say what I think I was once told I communicated like a man It was Intended as a compliment i did not really feel it was.
    I lived most of my life with my husband away so I am used to sorting stuff without reference to anyone, that’s made for interesting moments since he’s retired.

  • @anne I have no opinion about Phil Neville, except that he used to be an international football player and used to play for Manchester United (?) as a midfielder or defender, that is about it.

    I just read about about the controversy surrounding his appointment in the Guardian website before it cropped up here, and to me it is very clear that you have to be a severely unpleasant character if you think it is OK to jokingly claim in public to have battered your wife.

    This is simply inexcusable behaviour, and should, if the FA had any integrity, exclude him from being considered for a post that involves holding power over a group of women.

    What I do not get is people defending this a “black humour” or “irony”, it is not. To qualify as such the joke would IMO have to be made in a…[Read more]

  • @everyone Keep on defending a complete arsehole, it does not paint you in a good light.

  • @sophie Not malicious gossip, but proof of their unsuitability for the job in question (even worse in the case of SA) obligingly provided by the candidates themselves. Seriously, what was SA thinking?

  • @anne A bit difficult arguing the same thing to PMP and you, but I almost get the feeling that you are being willfully obtuse.

    Can you not see the difference between making gratuitously offensive jokes and black humour as a coping mechanisms because it deals with a situation that is distressing (and yes, it was distressing to have worried looking young couples or mothers with their teenage sons come in and wait for their appointment with the head of department that stood a good chance of being a death sentence).

    We always made a point of offering them tea and coffee from our tea kitchen, because we knew that we were not running a risk of infection, at least not after the cups had gone through the dishwasher), and being nice and friendly and treating them as humans not some…[Read more]

  • @jess I guess we have to agree to disagree. But even if I am wrong and it does not reveal underlying misogyny it reveals his stupidity and lack of judgement. IMO that should be more than enough to exclude him from a job for which the topic of his “joke” is particularly inappropriate.

    I also still maintain that the very idea that such a joke could be appropriate and funny tells you something about the “lad culture” and the attitudes towards women ingrained in football, which I have seen first hand playing Sunday league pub football.

    Again, the FA should be seen to make an effort in tackling these issues after the long overdue sacking of Sampson, but as usual they manage to pick the one candidate that, in this context only, carries baggage.

    All that aside, parachuting in a male…[Read more]

  • I make and enjoy jokes in bad taste all the time, and some jokes that circulated my old virology department back when AIDS was still a death sentence would be beyond the pale if we had told them in front of any patients or relatives.

    The difference is, we did not, because we knew it would have been unacceptable.

    Football player makes a shit joke about domestic violence, shares it via twitter, and then whines over the backlash when being hired for a job that hands him power over a group of women.

    What an idiot.

    Also, and this probably should have been part of the previous reply, I fully appreciate the value of black and tasteless humour as a coping strategy. However his “joke” was not about coping, it was merely gratuitous mentioning of wife beating that revealed his lack of…[Read more]

  • Plus no it is not black humour or irony, both of which I “get” and enjoy.

    It was a misogynist joke in extremely bad taste, that revealed him as a complete arse, and is quite informative about his character. Since he obviously expected that his audience/followers consisted of similar arses who would find the joke funny, it is also revealing about them.

    It is also not about intelligence, but about attitudes to women, and a general sense of decency that should tell you whether a joke is on or not.

  • @becke No I do not, but I would expect his employer to have a word with him about his duties to corportae image, especially as a person who knows that he is exposed to media scrutiny.

    However, I do think that there are certain jobs and circumstances for which, if the employer had any sense of integrity and decency (which the FA manifestly has not,) jokes of that kind should kick you off the short list.

    Specifically, the FA are looking for a replacement for a coach sacked because of racist bullying and inappropriate sexual relations! The same joke would be pretty much irrelevant if he were considered for a coaching role for the men’s team.

  • @beckye You are trolling, I hope, because you cannot really be serious. Making jokes painting domestic violence against women in a positive light (Let’s hope he was joking and did not in fact beat his wife) mainly proves that he is a colossal arse.

    That would not make him unsuitable for any job ingeneral (I guess he might fit right in as a professional footballer….), but it definitely makes him unsuitable for a management role where he specifically wields power over women.

    This applies even more so when the position became vacant only because his predecessor got himself sacked through a mixture of sexism, inappropriate relationships, and racist bullying.

  • connie replied to the topic Milk causing early puberty? in the forum Health 2 years ago

    When I went to that website, I saw a full-page advert for “The How Not to Die
    Cookbook”… I dismissed the ad and started poking around…

    It looks like a typical American “health” website. At the risk of over-generalizing, websites of this kind tend to be single-issue, agenda-pushing vehicles for somebody who wants to get rich from TV appearances and book publishing. The man behind that website, Michael Greger, seems to be an ardent promoter of veganism.

    I’m neither a critic nor a promoter of veganism, but I have no patience for the kind of sales pitch that tries to win me over by bombarding me with one message, drowning out any other, with the aim of preventing me from making comparisons and arriving at a balanced opinion.

    I’d much rather read a book on the subject of milk…[Read more]

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