The Southbank Centre has just launched a website brilliantly parodying the thinly veiled sexism of chattering class culture:
Men 6, Women nil.*
In a spirit of fairness alas denied to any Great Thinking women who may happen to, you know, exist, we would like to point out that women are definitely allowed to attend the sessions, to imbibe the knowledge of Great Men, and, if they can remember even the outline of what was said, to chatter about it with their friends.
* Note that your A.C. Grayling starter pack comes with a free Rowan Williams sticker. Note too that the only woman on show is specifically there to discuss Socrates. And, though he liked to call himself a midwife, Socrates’ beard is a bit of a giveaway, not to mention that he enjoyed his young boys as much as the next