Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Scotland The Brave, or The Wife Beater?

I'm trying to snap this lazy streak of non-blogging, and my latest ploy is to just throw together a bunch of random stuff that's on my mind in one sort of indecipherable amorphous blob. Hence the sweet picture of Larry Bird and Dr. J choking each other out. Enjoy it. It won't be referred to or contextualized.

Apparently the wee laddies in Glasgow are not ones for gender equality.

The 11 and 12-year-olds were questioned in depth about their attitudes and aspirations towards gender roles and behaviour.

They were asked to consider whether or not a man was justified in punching his partner when he found out she had had an affair.

Nearly all of the children thought that the woman deserved to be hit.

The majority of the pupils said it was justified if the woman had an affair, or if she was late in making the tea.

Come on. Glasgow? What did they expect? Don't get me wrong, I'll always have a soft spot for Glasgow (it's where my grandpappy on dad's side hails from), but that's like doing a 'How d'ya feel about those Israelis then?' vox pop in Hamas headquarters. What could have been potentially much more expositional would have been doing a similar experiment on kids here in supposedly-enlightened Melbourne. I'm guessing the results would have been much subtler (not hard) but skewed the same way.

On a related note, Robbie Keane has landed at Glasgow Celtic FC and he just looks right in the green and white hoops.

He hasn't set the world on fire so far, but he's linking up nicely with attacking midfielder/winger Aiden McGeady. I just had to include this image (lifted from the front page of ESPN Soccernet last week) coz it captures the tone of Celtic fans everywhere. Loitering outside the pub. Waiting for stuff to happen. Reacting in an extreme fashion, no matter what that 'stuff' turns out to be.

Finally for today, I've rediscovered one of my favourite bands from the 90s, Living Colour. Cool site, check 'em out. Love Rears It's Ugly Head, etc.