Friday 28 October 2011


The Commonwealth made history today and it’s about time. After I’m sure much debate – and arguments no doubt – the representatives of the Commonwealth of Nations decided that the sons and daughters of future British monarchs will have the same rights to the throne. So in short – and to put it into terms the zeitgeist can digest - if Prince Wills and Kate have a daughter first, she will be Queen over her younger brother. (For those of you not up to date on the way of the Royals, in the past gender would overrule birth order).

Let’s be honest, the monarchy is a dying archaic institution and I’m thinking they too knew it was about time to move things into the modern era and give the women of the family a crack at the throne over their pesky younger male siblings. I think it also finally dawned on them that W & K could end up having four girls and put the monarchy in a right mess, especially as a large majority of British subjects think the monarchy should disappear altogether. 

All in all, it is a good PR move – yes I realize I sound ridiculously jaded but in this instance, you know I'm right. The sad fact is, that it has taken this long for the Commonwealth to realize that gender should be irrelevant when it comes to birth order and entitlement to the throne. Queen Elizabeth has done just fine showing the world that a woman can rule with authority and grace – whilst wearing cute little hats. And I don’t know about you, but I certainly wouldn’t cross her, the woman knows her way around a rifle. Not to mention, I've still yet to figure out - being a foreigner and all - what the King and Queen actually do - aside from oversee charities, shoot deer, play polo and hold dinners for dignitaries. [That's it in a nutshell isn't it?]. Man, woman, dog, cat, would it really matter who was at the head anyway?

But as we know, in many realms (most realms, let’s be honest) this is still a man’s world. Ridiculous and absurd – especially when a woman finally experiences labor and truly realizes that we are the stronger sex by miles - but it’s true. I read a post the other day on Facebook where someone had shone the light ton the fact that women are half the world’s population, working two thirds of the world’s working hours and yet receive 10% of the world’s income and own 1% of the world’s property. Those figures right there should send anyone with female parts on a march to Washington with burning torches and a call for revolution.

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