So I read in the weekend press the Dept of Health is reducing its guidance recommendations on safe levels of alcohol consumption. The good news is they haven't reduced the daily 'no more than' level for us girls, the bad news is they have reduced the level for the boys down to the same level as us girls. They also now say we should lay off alcohol completely for at least 2 days each week.
How come men, with bigger bodies on average and bigger energy consumption (statistical fact), which presumably process the booze as a food, which it basically is, have to cut down? Is it a gender equality thing, I wondered, government over interference to achieve political correctness. I don't know.
Also in the weekend press I read that people are going to be allowed to legally 're-genderise' themselves, at least on paper. So if a girl reaches a point at which she thinks she'd be happier being a boy, she can make the change easily and she will be legally categorised as a boy and vise-versa of course. I didn't note if there was a third androgynous category but it wouldn't surprise me. And presumably it will be possible to switch in and out of categories every couple of years or so as suits the mood. So switching back from using the boys' room to the ladies' room, being a Mr or Miss or Ms on letters etc etc.
It bewilders me sometimes I must admit. I consulted my husband, who usually manages to help me understand these goings on. He told me he didn't trust anything the Department of Health say, their proclamations generalise, government propaganda. On the men/women body differences issue he said he thought it might be possible that men are using less energy as lots of tasks they used to do traditionally involving strength and energy get automated, so maybe the gap between men and women is narrowing. On the gender thing he was flummoxed although he did opine that as traditional m/f roles continued to even up, there would be less importance attached.
"So is that it then?" I asked. "I mean, you're not going to be cutting a glass of red wine here or there?"
"No I'm bloody not," was his reply, "and I shan't be electing to have a Ms in front of my name any time soon." I smiled and said that was a relief, then I asked him if he really thought the physical gap between men and women was shrinking and he said yes of course, definitely. I asked him if he wished he had to do physical work in his job, to keep up the differential.
"No need," he said, "I keep myself fit enough for everything I have to do and then some so don't worry, I won't be asking you to carry the cases or change a wheel."
"I hadn't been thinking of that exactly," I said feeling a slight blush, "I was just thinking of some of the other manly things you have to deal with." I didn't spell it out.
"No worries there," he said, "as you'll find out if carry on rambling."
Well that was a relief.
Have a good week.