Sink or Swim – A New Year’s Public Service Announcement.


 When children first start learning to swim they use water wings and floatation devices. First, as they paddle about in the shallow end, getting used to being in the water and then as they become more confident and actually start to learn the strokes, learn to swim – my kids started off by going from side to side, in the shallow end.

This is the end where if they got a bit scared or lost concentration, they could simply stand up and lo and behold – head above water again.

Feminism and gynocentrism is the gender equivalent of water wings and floatation devices – and most women, if not all, live their lives in the shallow end. In the kiddie pool.

There is one other thing that characterises children’s swimming lessons, and that is that there is always a life guard or two patrolling the sides of the pool with a big hook – ready to scoop you up if you get into deep water, or the water goes over your head and you panic a bit.

To stretch the metaphor to breaking point – the government and the state represents those ever vigilant life guards and the innumerable grants, programmes and services specifically targeted at women is the hook – the safety net – the device that saves you from, sometimes your own stupidity or overconfidence in your abilities.

Here’s the thing though ladies – the shallow end is for kids, water wings are for kids. Time to ditch ‘em, and start swimming on your own. Time to get out of the kiddie pool and dive head first into the ocean of life.

Look at it this way – have you any idea how dumb you look paddling about in the kiddie pool with your designer water wings on, dolled up like Esther Williams, how ridiculous you sound when through your own stupidity your head goes under the water, and instead of just standing up and saving yourself, you shriek like a banshee or a toddler for the life guard to come save you?

Most of those life guards that you depended on to scoop you out of trouble – MEN – most of the people paying for those handy life saving hooks – MEN.

Last and final metaphor – that kiddie pool has now become very over crowded, the water is stagnant, and that’s because you all keep pissing in the water.  There are not enough life guards left willing to patrol this overcrowded stinking pool, and not enough hooks to go around.

Sink or swim ladies – the choice is yours.


This has been a Public Service Announcement for the hard of thinking – normal service will now be resumed.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Russell
    Jan 03, 2014 @ 23:14:26

    “…for the hard of thinking…”



  2. wtfwtf13
    Jan 06, 2014 @ 14:55:41

    Man O Man ! I love your rants !


    • Anja Eriud
      Jan 06, 2014 @ 15:21:42

      Why thank you wtfwtf13 – I do so enjoy writing them and giving full reign to my………….emmmmmm…innermost thoughts.

      Clears the sinus’s and sets one up for the day 😉


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