Here’s my weekly wind-up. Hope I don’t rant or waffle too much.. do try and stay awake at the back there now…
Monday Due to a bit of over-consumption at a taverna to celebrate IWD on Sunday I was in no fit condition to go to work, so I monged at home with Cif for company. Not a bad day on cif with plenty to keep me occupied and amused. Charlton is always fun so no change there. I managed to get a bit cross about the article ‘The Lies Men Told To see Me Dance Naked’… Surely it should have been the money men paid me to see me naked? Still it wasn’t so much the article as some of the responses that wound me up, particularly Susahini’s ‘ What you were forced to go through was absolutely wrong’. Voluntarily taking on a job is not forced, now is it! It really is like banging your head on a brick wall on cif at times! but what the hell.. My day on cif ended pleasantly enough with a chuckle at Katherine Whitehorn’s piece on washing machines and catholicism.
Tuesday In solidarity with ‘incarcerated friends’ I posted a comment on PT’s latest thread with Tuscany rather deftly (well I thought so!) included, as did a few others I’m glad to say. We’ll see if and when the mods spot them. Which they will if they come on here! As I was supposed to be working (shudder) I didn’t have much time to play on cif other than keeping an eye on Polly to see who else would try and pull a fast one on the mods. Mod baiting may seem as childish as chucking green custard at politicos but seeing as the CiF powers-that-be refuse point blank to discuss anything to do with moderation then they deserve everything they get. I also (inexplicably!) managed to elicit an offer of marriage from poster charlessimmonds15 on the Katherine Whitehorn thread but no one will ever believe me coz it was modded. Weyhey hey! I made the best of comments thingy for a post on the open thread on Julie Myerson… a first!
Wednesday Just had a skim of AllyF’s thread and bitethehand did my head in (again). He accused AllyF of being like a boy complaining about being excluded from his sister’s birthday party. A telling analogy, in that he appears to think excluding a family member from a celebration because of their sex/gender is an acceptable thing to do. Hello! I was feeling a bit dispirited and wondering why I ever bother to stick in my tuppence worth on ‘Gender Issues’ but then Annetan came along and gave me hope. She’s fab. Have got fed up with the Julie Myerson thread, it’s all been said now and I thought that the comment someone made about Matt Seaton and Ruth Picardie on the subject of confessional journalism was wickedly cruel. Matt can drive me a bit mad with his supercillious comments but that was just out of order. I then added a few comments to Rowenna’s ‘blokeosphere’ thread. Again, another blog espousing victimhood. It is actually driving me a bit mad that CIF feminism so resolutely insists on sticking to 1979 and that as soon as someone like AllyF suggests a new approach the response is to scream him down, which hardly fits in with Rowenna’s theory tbh. Ah well, I’ve made my bed in cif feminism and I can shout as loud as the other fems and I, for one, am not going to be giving up any time soon. The interesting thing about this thread, though, is people talking about debating styles and which are male and female . The Lout (whaddya know) had a wee pop at me about sounding female. I have no idea if my online voice sounds female or not and it’s interesting because I’ve got lots of posters’ biology wrong in the past. It’s funny how we attribute a sex to a poster even if they have a gender neutral moniker, and then sometimes find out that we got it wrong. I suppose preconceptions about me are reinforced by the fact that I’m pink and make a habit of pointing out I am a girl… So folks have I got a girly style? And I don’t mind if I do…Just wondering?
Thursday They’ve changed the CIF main page! Now we’ve only got the top 5 blogs… Oh! Annoying! I liked the top ten list. It was useful for finding threads that I’ve been active on. Went on the Tanya Gold thread. I like her pieces. She’s funny, even if she is pathologically self-obsessed. But, like Michele Hanson (I love her too), she gets a hell of a lot of ‘Yet again I’ve wasted 5 minutes of my life…” Funnily enough it appears to be mainly male posters who go in for this kind of bitchy commenting. Whoever it is, though, it’s bloody tedious. Was about to be bored today, but Jay started a bunfight on the ‘blokeosphere’ thread that was great fun.
Friday Happy and surprised to see that My little battle with Jay has not been modded. It was pure daft but it goes to show in some way (I hope) that battling it out with other bloggers isn’t necessarily intimidating. Wildhack’s post coming to Jay’s rescue was brilliantly funny, and a fitting end to the battle of gendered wits at the CiF ok corral. Too much serious stuff on the site today for my Friday mind. I was hoping some silly threads would turn up to wile away the hours til I escaped the office but it wasn’t to be. Spent most of the day on Ally’s thread which ended up having some really fantastic comments. In the end, and despite a rickety start to the thread, it was one of the best threads of the week.
* Really really hard to compress a whole week on cif into one short article! ** Sorry about the lack of links... am linkphobic.