2001-2008
Home
Main
- About TFT
Friday Thing Archive
- Politics
- Media
- Culture and Society
- War On Terror
- People
- Places
- World
- Popped Clogs
- Music
- Books
- Film
- Etc
Help And Info
- Contact Details
- Advertising
- Jobs
- Privacy Policy
- XML Feed

Home > Culture and Society

WAWIBF... Mosques and Mirrors

16 February 2007

Apparently 60% of mosques in Britain don't allow women entry. Because, presumably, women are not as good as men. They're rubbish at chess, they talk too much, they bleed. And so on. Such was the discussion this week on Radio 4's Today programme. One of the guests said this:

'I don't believe in religions. I think all religions are fairy tales, I think they are evil and I don't think Islam is one of the better ones, so I don't want anybody to be forced to go to a mosque. What I do want is women to be treated equally, with dignity and respect. I don't want them to be subservient to Muslim men.'

We don't know about you, but we think those are pretty reasonable views. The use of the word 'evil' is perhaps something of a distraction, but on the whole, hear hear. Well said, that man.

But which paragon of logic might have said that? Would you be surprised to discover that it was the same man who was also caught this week expressing views that wouldn't be out of place in the mouth of David Icke? That's right. It was Robert Kilroy-Silk.

'Within the millions of EU regulations covering virtually every aspect of life in the EU,' Kilroy-Silk also wrote to the European Parliament, should there not be one making it an offence for Marks & Spencer to have mirrors in their changing rooms that 'deliberately distort women's shapes'?

What? What the hell's he been doing in women's dressing rooms? Probably he wanted to be treated equally, with dignity and respect.

Just to check that the man really is the bona fide loon everyone thinks he is, TFT dressed up as our Great Aunt Mabel and popped into our local M&S. He is. When we stripped in front of the mirror, we looked as flabby and wide-limbed as ever before. If not flabbier.

M&S also issued a statement. 'The man's a fucking loon,' they said.

Damn you, Robert Kilroy-Silk! We've half a mind to start believing in Allah.



Comment on this article: letters@thefridaything.co.uk

Subscribe to The Friday Thing for free


 ABOUT THE FRIDAY THING
Bad words ahead The Friday Thing is a weekly email comment sheet. Casting a cynical eye over the week's events, it is rarely fair and never balanced.

A selection of articles from each week's issue appear online, but to enjoy the full Thing, delivered by email every Friday - as well as access to almost five years of back issues - you'll need to subscribe. It's absolutely free.

READERS WRITE
"Razor-sharp comment and gossip." - The Sunday Times

"Hilariously cynical..To describe it as 'irreverent' is to do the newsletter an injustice." - The Observer

"Sharp, intelligent, opinionated, uncompromising and very, very funny. Just like 'Private Eye' used to be." - Alec McKelland

"Wicked" - Channel 4

"Ace" - Time Out

"'We rise once again in advocacy of The Friday Thing. We realize that some of you may be unwilling to spend [your money] on plain-text comment, but you're only depriving yourself." - The Minor Fall, The Major Lift

"Subscribing to this at the beginning of the year was undoubtedly one of the better decisions I've made. Superlative, and utterly marvellous. I look forward to Fridays now, because I can't wait for the next issue. Fucking fucking brilliant." - Meish.org

"Featuring writers from The Observer, Smack The Pony and The 11 O'Clock Show... will continue to attract new subscribers sight unseen" - NeedToKnow

"The Friday Thing is so good it's stopping me from doing a bunk of a Friday afternoon." - Annie Blinkhorn (The Erotic Review)

"So now" - The Evening Standard

"Damn it, you rule. May you never, ever back down." - Paul Mayze

"Ace" - PopJustice

"Snarky" - Online Journalism Review

"Can you please stop making me laugh out loud... I'm supposed to be working, you know!" - Tamsin Tyrwhitt

"Your coverage of stuff as it spills is right on the money." - Mike Woods

"Popbitch with A-Levels." - Tim Footman

"In an inbox full of trite work-related nonsense, TFT shines from under its subject heading like the sun out of Angus Deayton's arse." - Nikki Hunt

"A first rate email. It's become an integral part of my week, and my life would be empty and meaningless without it (well, *more* empty and meaningless anyway)." - Mark Pugh

"Genius, absolute bit of class. And you can quote me on that." - Lee Neville

"If you're hipper than hell, this is what you read." - MarketingSherpa

"The most entertaining email I've had all week. Great tone." - Matthew Prior

"A massive and engrossing wit injection." - idiotica.co.uk

"I wouldn't know satire if it bit me on the arse. But I did like the Naomi Campbell joke." - Matt Kelly (The Mirror)

"Has had an understandably high profile among people who know about these things." - Guy Clapperton (Guardian Online)

"Satirical sideswipes at the burning issues of the day." - Radio 5 Live

"Puerile and worthless... Truly fabulous... Do read the whole thing." - Stephen Pollard

The Friday Thing 2001-2008 - All Rights Reserved