Oh dear. Somebody really needs to have a word with Romania’s delightful Family Coalition (Coalitia pentru familie). It would appear that they have been watching Harry Enfield sketches from the 1990s without understanding that the whole thing was comedy: a parody of old, misogynistic attitudes towards women. It was never meant to be a blueprint for policy.
Then read this:
Datorită anatomiei și hormonilor, bărbații au roluri sociale la nivel macro, se ocupă de procurarea mijloacelor financiare și materiale ale familiei, de transport dar nu se descurcă în spații mici (frigider, dulapul de haine). Femeile au roluri la nivel micro, în casă (gospodărie), în educația copiilor, sunt delicate si ambidextre, dar nu se descurcă în spații ample (de exemplu la volan)
Due to their testosterone and hormones, a man’s role in society is macro. Men take care of procuring the family’s financial and material means, and of transport, but do not cope well in smaller spaces (the fridge, the wardrobe). A woman’s role is at the micro level: at home, educating the children. Women are delicate and ambidextrous, but they cannot cope in larger spaces (for example driving cars).
The text above is taken from the description of a Male and Female Characteristics workshop being held this evening by the Scoala Familiei, an offshoot of the Family Coalition. For just 80 lei per person (or a bargain 120 per couple) men can bring their wives along and sit for three and a half hours listening to a man (Dan Florea, about who we can’t help thinking might still live at home with his mum) tell women that they should be busying themselves with cleaning the fridge and keeping the wardrobes neat and tidy, for that is their predetermined biological role. The bigger and more complex issues in life, such as working, earning money, going out into wide open spaces and driving cars should be left to men.
At this stage we would usually add that you couldn’t make it up, but Harry Enfield kind of did.
In a big weekend for the
Taleban Family Coalition, it is tomorrow afternoon organising a so-called March for Life from Piata Unirii to Parcul Tineretului.
No doubt any women present will be transported to the event by men, will be modestly dressed (long skirts and dresses, no trousers, possibly a headscarf to cover any racy modern hairstyles) and walking a good couple of paces behind their menfolk. Given how large a space Piata Unirii is, and how women struggle with such things, we do hope that they will cope, poor dears.
Tomorrow’s march comes as a draft law is allegedly being prepared by a couple of unnamed MPs and Senators which would all but outlaw abortion in Romania: women would only be allowed to terminate pregnancies if the father gives his written agreement.
Who saw this coming?
Ahem, we did. We said as much back in November: that the real target of the so-called Family Coalition is not gays, but women and women’s rights. We were ridiculed in some parts when we suggested that their real agenda was to create in Romania a fundamentalist, male-dominated state which resembles Saudi Arabia far more than a modern European country. (Remember that women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia; we have little doubt that the coalition approves).
Turns out we were right.
Fortunately, no anti-abortion law will ever pass in Romania. The demonstrations against it would dwarf even the recent anti-corruption protests. Memories of the 1970s and 1980s, when abortion was outlawed in Romania, are still too painful. As such, proposing such a law could be a good thing: it may finally expose the Coalitia pentru familie for what it really is. (Although given its appalling behaviour over the past few weeks – posting in support of Syrian butcher Bashar al-Assad and demanding Beauty and the Beast be given an adults-only rating) – the coalition is doing a more than decent job of that itself).
As for abortion, as we (and anyone with half a brain) has said a thousand times, if these people really want to reduce the number of abortions in Romania (and we are not denying there there is a huge problem: the country has one of the highest termination rates in the European Union, it also has the highest birthrate among teenagers) then the best way to do it is by heavily and coherently promoting the use of contraception via a concerted programme of sex education in Romania’s schools. This programme should run parallel with another campaign that would make contraception of all kinds – including the morning-after pill – freely available to anyone who wants it, no questions asked.
Strangely – and irrationally – Romania’s anti-abortionists oppose both sex education and contraception. It’s almost as though what they really have a problem with is the fact that people are – OMG! – having sex, and that some of them are quite possibly enjoying it. We really can’t have that.
After all, Harry Enfield has shown us how it should be done:
PS If the Family Coalition has indeed begun to use comedy shows as an inspiration for ideas, can we suggest they start watching Modern Family?