Women are not a special sacrosanct group in society, for goodness sake – they are one half of society and among them are the intelligent, stupid, long, short, fat and thin, strong and weak, just as with men.
There are differences in temperament which are gender based – men tend to have a certain mindset or reaction to situations and women another and so be it. What’s the problem? There doesn’t need to be a Feminazi movement just to tell us that.
One thing many women and girls are susceptible to, to a greater extent than with men, is the blind loyalty to the partner or the gang. It is different. The besotted man will pen love poems and stand outside her window for hours, in the hope of catching a glimpse but he’s sure as hell not going to store weapons for her to use with her gang.
Claudia Webb from the Trident Independent Advisory Group says vulnerable young women are sometimes pressured into storing or transporting weapons by the men they know. “We are deeply concerned however, that this involvement seems to be increasing and those who are involved seem to be younger and younger,” she added.
The number of women charged with firearms offences in London has increased six-fold in the past year – 12 women have been charged since January.
At the school where I was one of the heads, we had a woman join the clothes washing and cleaning staff. She did our rooms as well and all was well until one day when she disappeared, along with my quadraphonic sound system, giga-tele and the school’s computers.
Quite right – it turned out she was the gang’s moll and her hero was the leader of the pack, like something out of Westside Story. Outside of video clips and film, where have you ever seen a woman walking about with a dozen men in tow? Men are too lone wolf for that.
Even in the blogosphere, there are people who have a few “vulnerable young women” around them they persuade to do things – the original smooth-talking bad-boys, in full caricature. It’s a phenomenon but that’s not what this post is about.
I wonder if this problem of the accolyte women is any better or worse today than before, whether the problem is any more aggravated by the loss of respect in the past three decades and especially in the last twelve years.
One unfortunate character trait that inflicts itself on me is expecting that everyone, women included, be responsible for what they say and for how they act and that there are consequences, good and bad, which flow from illogical constructs. The tendency of law enforcement and courts to go easier on the woman has also been observed, for example, with Meredith kercher’s alleged killer who made eyes with the judge.
Personally, the foibles of men and the foibles of women are something to come to terms with, not any great problem but when they try to make out they’re not what they are – then that would be risible, were it not attended by dire consequences.