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Instant Opinion: Greta Thunberg upsets the patriarchy – and its wonderful

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 1 October

Reaction Tuesday, October 1, 2019 – 11:..

By admin , in England , at October 1, 2019

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 1 October

Reaction Tuesday, October 1, 2019 – 11:00am

The Weeks daily round-up highlights the five best opinion pieces from across the British and international media, with excerpts from each.

1. Suzanne Moore in The Guardian

on the Greta Thunberg sexy jibes

Greta Thunbergs defiance upsets the patriarchy – and its wonderful
“The extraordinary reactions of certain men to Greta Thunberg, which have nothing to do with her urgent and necessary message on the climate emergency, tells you exactly what happens when a young woman simply refuses to be sexualised. It makes them deeply uncomfortable. Thunbergs manner may be associated with her Aspergers, but her defiance unsettles them. Old, male intellectuals in France have been farting on because she is not “sexy” enough. Yes, really… She is a 16-year-old, and these are grown men. And they are terrified. Wonderful. Who knew you could shake the patriarchy simply by refusing to smile for it, dress for it or demur to it? A refusal to acquiesce to the male gaze has these dinosaurs squirming.”

2. Hugo Rifkind in The Times

on the BBC reversing its decision over the Naga Munchetty complaint

Kneejerk impartiality has driven the BBC mad
“It is not rocket science to develop workable theories as to the private politics of, for example, Andrew Neil (long-term overlord of The Spectator), Nick Robinson (once the president of the Oxford University Conservative Association) or Jon Snow (overheard shouting “f*** the Tories!” at Glastonbury), yet all three seem to have few qualms about tearing strips off what youd imagine to be their own side when the job requires. With all these people, impartiality is allowed to be what they do when it matters, rather than what they probably think the rest of the time. Had any one of them said Munchettys killer line — you know what certain phrases mean — I dont believe for a moment that there would have been a complaint at all.”

3. James A. Millward in The New York Times

on the Peoples Republic of China turning 70

What Xi Jinping hasnt learned from Chinas emperors
“On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Peoples Republic of China (P.R.C.) on Oct. 1, the party-state has much to celebrate: an unprecedented record of economic development, world-class education and technological innovation, an increasingly prominent position on the world stage. But even as the authorities go to extreme lengths to assure a triumphant birthday parade, the Chinese Communist Party (C.C.P.) faces its most intense international criticism since 1989, when it killed hundreds of unarmed protesters in the heart of Beijing, at Tiananmen Square. Thirty years later, international concern is focused on Chinas peripheries: Xinjiang and Hong Kong… Mr. Xis vain dream of political and cultural homogeneity not only runs counter to Chinese traditional approaches to diversity. His assimilationism also incites the very instability the C.C.P. has long hoped to avoid.”

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4. Darren Lewis in the Daily Mirror

on Denise Welchs depression videos

Its OK to reach out to others for help with mental health
“It was heartbreaking to watch Denise Welch and Ian Royce sharing their mental healthRead More – Source

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