Equality – in reponse to Neil’s prod.

I’m always spouting about equality. I believe in it. But is it really clear what equality really means? No it isn’t.

I certainly do not want everybody being the same or having the same.

I certainly understand that people are not all equal. People have greatly different talents, skills, abilities, intelligence, physical attributes etc. They cannot all be the same.

So what do I mean when I talk about equality? I’ve had to think quite hard about how to explain my thoughts.

  1. I want people to have the same opportunities regardless of their gender, race, age, religion, geographical position, disability, wealth, class or anything else.
  2. I want the world to be fairer with rewards for efforts, abilities, risks and responsibilities being proportionate.I do not think it is fair for someone like Rees-Mogg or Johnson to make millions out of a few speeches or a Brexit vote, while others work all their lives in hard circumstances and never earn a million. I see this as part of equality. I do think that exceptional sportsmen and women, risk-takers, business people and managers deserve to be paid well for what they do. I think that needs to be in proportion to those at the bottom. I want a more equal world where those at the top cannot earn say – more than twenty times those at the bottom.
  3. I want a level playing field for education, health, courts and job prospects where the rich cannot buy privilege, where there is a meritocracy, not one based on nepotism, advantage, cronyism and privilege (like this Tory government handing out huge contracts to donors and Johnson putting his father forward for a knighthood). You should earn your position and reward through effort and ability – not patronage.

So when I talk about equality I do not want everyone the same. I merely want everyone to be equally important and have the means to prosper through their own efforts and abilities. I want to put an end to the situation where some are fast-tracked to wealth and power through privilege and not ability.

I want a more equal world.

Women, Life, Freedom. (For Mahsa Amini & the women of Iran)

There’s a tragedy going on in Iran. The misogynistic fascist religious zealots are crushing the life out of brave young women and men.

The media carnival has moved on as they are being shot, beaten and imprisoned by ruthless old men and their mindless goons.

Women, Life, Freedom. (For Mahsa Amini & the women of Iran)

Women    Life    Freedom!!

                We cut our hair

                                Throw off our chains.

They beat us.

                They kill us

                                But the will remains!

Incredible bravery

                In the face of death!!

We oppose injustice

                With every breath!!

A regime of terror

                In the name of God.

Enforced with violence –

Gun, gas and rod.

We stand together

                For a better life!

The cry for Regime change

                Is becoming rife!

Women    Life    Freedom!!

                Equality for all!!

                                Fighting for our lives

                                                With our backs against the wall!!

Opher 5.10.2022              

The brave women of Iran are standing up against the authoritarian, misogynistic, regime based on terror and repression.

The zealots of extremism are not content to have their own views of religion; they have to impose it on others!!

This misogynistic philosophy comes screaming out of the bowels of the Dark Ages, from tribal nomadic Arabs intent on suppressing women.

These tyrants wish to shackle half the world’s population in sackcloth and masks.

It’s time everybody rose up and demands equality!!

Down with tyrants!!

Down with evil purveyors of terror and oppression!!

The nutters of God need putting back in their box!!

Solidarity with the fearless women of Iran!!

Mahsa Amini lives!!

Medieval Morality

Medieval Morality

Fear of death

                Wonder and awe

Left us wondering

                What it was for.

We sought

                An answer

Around which

                We could concur.

We invented

                Gods and faith

Rules and religion

                To make us feel safe.

Now we’re prisoners

                Inside our concoction

Raging and dividing

                In full execution.

Victims of medieval


Preventing us exploring

                What might be.

Opher – 25.6.2022

Back in the dark depths of history we invented religions. Driven by a desire to understand we sought explanations.

Over time they became rigid dogma that chained us and prevented us accepting the new.

There had to be no change or evolution.

The dogma is a prison of our own making.

Periodically the zealots and fanatics want to drag us back to the Dark Ages.

Take away women’s rights, put them in robes, hidden behind veils. Lock them away.

Misogynistic religions blame women for the faults of men. They must be made to suffer.

Every Big Dog Has his Day!!

The Party is over!!

Hopefully, the whole Tory Party is over!! They have clearly shown themselves to be a bunch of incompetent, self-serving, lying twats!!

This is the party that was formed by the wealthy to look after the interests of the wealthy (at the expense of the rest of us). That is precisely what they have done!!

Now they have been taken over by a bunch of extreme toxic nationalist populists and have become a danger to themselves as well as the rest of us!!

Operation ‘Save The Big Dog’ will sink the lot of them!! He’s a complete clown and they are all tarnished with his lying and corruption. With a bit of luck they’ll never get elected again!!

One thing is certain – this corrupt liar has had his day!!

Sex and the Taliban

It looks and sounds to me as if a big part of the Taliban motivation is sex.

Young men are buying in to the whole vision on offer. They are being offered ‘wives’ and sex slaves now with the promise of an endless supply of virgins for eternity. It’s all sex sex sex.

Looking at the pictures of the young Taliban fighters posing with their robes, headbands, beards and long hair appears very much like a love-in from a 60’s festival. The Kalashnikovs add that extra machismo. They are full of it. I am sure they appeal to a certain kind of girl. They have a kind of Che Guevara handsome charm – the daring, adventuring rebels

Too bad that the reality is one of extreme religious fanaticism, cruel violence and misogyny.

It was sickening to hear the fighters saying they will be forcibly taking young girls as ‘wives’ and hearing that they are talking about girls as young as twelve. Is paedophilia a hallmark of religious fanaticism?

It’s a very fucked up doctrine being sold here.

In a sexually repressed society where women are either invisible (locked away indoors) or dressed from head to foot in voluminous gowns and veils so that you don’t know if they’re fourteen or ninety; where women are unavailable; second-class ‘goods’ to be bartered, it creates a distorted sexuality.

Is sexual frustration the basis of the Taliban?

It is often the case (as seen with the preachers in the USA) that devout religious fanaticism goes hand in hand with extreme sexual perversion and excess. One only has to look at the likes of Jimmy Swaggart.

One can clearly see why the Taliban wouldn’t want women being educated or having responsible jobs. They might become too independent, too challenging; they might just start to question the strict Taliban philosophy and demand rights. They couldn’t be having that now could they! No. Much better to keep the women under their thumb, subservient and docile. Better to keep them as chattels to ‘use’ as they want.

Hence the misogyny, the violence, the demands for them to follow strict codes and be shackled. They don’t want equality; they want dominance!

They want women for sex – nothing more!

To a young man from a sexually repressed culture the idea of sex on tap and sex after death forever sounds like heaven.

There’s nothing fair, just or rational about it. As long as you keep empathy and compassion out of the equation it’s fine. Taliban culture is about self – nothing more!

The Taliban come from a culture of misogyny, repression and male dominance – and that’s just how they intend to keep it!

The Taliban equates with sex. That’s how it looks to me!

Why does Religion hate women so much??

Half the world’s population are female. They are every bit as intelligent as men. They are perhaps more sensitive, more caring than men. Why have they been demoted to second-class citizens in many countries?

In Afghanistan today the Taliban are already beginning to impose their loathsome misogynistic policies.

Women will no longer be educated;

No longer be able to walk out on the streets to meet their friends;

No longer be able to work;

They will be forced to dress in full body robes;

No longer able to listen to music;

They will be forcibly married to Taliban fighters;

No longer be able to blog, speak out, take part in leadership or politics;

They will be subservient to men, locked up indoors, abused and imprisoned!

This may be extreme but it is by no means the only examples.

Nowhere is immune to this misogyny. All around the world women have had to fight for the vote.

Women are restricted to menial jobs, segregated from men, treated with disdain, abused, restricted, discriminated against, and controlled by men.

One only has to look at the major religions and cultures – Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism have a long history of excluding women and demeaning them. Islam may be the worst but it is by no means the only misogynistic religion.

Misogyny is embedded in cultures throughout the world! We have become an obnoxious Patriarchal planet.