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Mrs. Monk's Would-be Diary, should have been written by Mrs. Monk, since she is the "Writer" in the family.
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Tessa Jowell’s Gender Politics at Wimbledon

19 June 2006

Tessa Jowell wants equal prize money at Wimbledon for both men and women.

I play tennis each week and a young girlie girl coaches me, a not so young old man, and others who are similarly compromised by age or blighted by gender.

I do have an apparent advantage over this young lady coach since I am all man, with no ambiguity of any kind. And after all, why would a lady-boy tennis player,  for example, demand the same prize money as that of a toy-boy or a blow up girl or a one armed lobster in trousers.

My girlie girl coach would enjoy taking money off me in a contest of ability, but my effort would be greater than hers because she is so laid back and lets face it,.... more talented, so I would be very happy to demand an equal prize in the likely event that she would beat my arse, and in the unlikely event that she would be interested in doing so, .....for money.

Tessa Jowell is an ambitious politician with one foot too many  in the mouth and she should take a deep breath..         Shoestring Chronicle

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 Wimbledon Soap

23 June 2006

Martina Navratolova and David Cameron were both on the Jonathan Ross TV show and naturally the issue of prize money at Wimbledon was raised once again. Martina was there to sell a book, but also made a case for equal prize money for men and women. The forever fawning Jonathan Ross agreed with Martina, and since he is loaded and feels so strongly about it, I think he should put up the 5% difference in remuneration. David Cameroon did not have a book to sell but he was not about to alienate his female vote for a mere 5% of someone else's money, so he put his full weight behind Martina, and yes,  Martina smiled.

Last week’s note on this subject was meant to stir up the female players at my tennis club but so far, not a whimper or even a meow.

Perhaps I should point out that the female players are already at a considerable advantage over the men because they have better dressing rooms, with soap,  and they don’t have to compete against the men, who would take all the prize money and leave them with nothing, but soap, ...scented soap.

I’m also left wondering how the prize money is divided in the mixed doubles and then there are the further anomalies and “inequalities,” that the same rich and pompous pundits and political opportunists should be invited to discuss also: Viz: the prize money awarded to the senior participants, in the old fart categories, (the senior events) and the wheelchair events which are plainly  inequitable, and derisory.

The men’s champion will recieve £655,000 and the ladies champion will get £625,000. How can they possibly manage on that. The wheelchair champ gets a derisory £6,000. The over 45s Men’s Doubles prize has gone down by 19% to pay for the ladies soap, and there is no event for the ladies over 45s, because they cannot find enough ladies that will to admit to that age.       Shoestring Chronicle

 

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