Thursday 23 November 2017

Claire O’Mahony: There's something depressing, patronising and sad about a day set aside just for women

IF you're of the female persuasion, you probably wish you lived in Armenia, Cambodia or Mongolia today because – hurrah! – it's International Women's Day and it's a public holiday in those countries. Who wouldn't love a day off? At the very least, you might like to be domiciled in Italy, where the tradition to celebrate this annual event is menfolk giving women yellow mimosas – a charming gesture because, of course, all women adore flowers and chocolates and lovely fluffy things like that.

How better to honour women's economic, political and social achievements than by the usual Valentine's Day hackneyed stereotypes?


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