So it's International Women's Day (IWD). Hurray. Now let's move on and concentrate on the fact that it is also Pancake Tuesday. Much. More. Interesting.
Now in its 100th year, IWD is supposed to be a day of global celebration of women. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from 'general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political and social achievements'.
Even the Girl Guides get in on the act. We are schooling them young these days!
The people who take part in these festivities want to mark how far women have come in 100 years, and in fairness even cynics such as myself have to admit that being able to vote in the recent general election was a privilege which was previously denied to so many women who came before us.
The Suffragettes made this possible -- and I will be eternally grateful for that.
Yet I don't need a special day to 'celebrate' being a woman.
I'm pretty certain that evolution would have sorted it out in good time -- a small number of women with big town halls and the courage of their convictions simply speeded things up -- and yes, I am aware that the freedom I enjoy is only the case in some countries.
The main reason for my discomfort about this global celebration is that it ignores the obvious differences between men and women and I'm all about acknowledging differences and using them to our advantage, regardless of gender, age, race or any other hot topic you care to mention.
Plus, all the guff about economic equality will remain guff unless women are no longer the child-bearing sex. The glass ceiling is not going anywhere any time soon.
And bear in mind that this year IWD falls just days after the European Court of Justice decided that setting insurance prices on the basis of gender is discriminatory.
This will lead to us gal drivers being loaded by insurance companies -- ignoring the forensic research that has shown time and time again that women are a lower risk on the road.
Am I angry about this ruling -- I certainly am. But I am not surprised.
The law can indeed still prove itself to be an ass and it will more than likely take a further 100 years for them to see sense on this issue.
In the meantime, I'm busy checking out recipes for pancakes.