Thursday, August 28, 2014

Say No Ad Ridicules Scottish Women

An advert aimed at persuading undecided women voters to reject Scottish independence has met with ridicule from across the political spectrum, with critics describing it as "sexist" and "patronizing" and some even saying it has convinced them to vote yes.

The advert, broadcast by the pro-union Better Together campaign, was first launched on Tuesday. Called The Woman Who Made Up Her Mind, the short film depicts a working mother talking in her kitchen about the referendum. She says that her husband, Paul, "will not leave off about it", while there are "only so many hours in the day" to make a decision. She refers to Alex Salmond as "that guy off the telly", whose promises about currency and oil wealth seem to her to be "too good to be true", before concluding that she will vote “no” to independence on September 18, 2014.

If you do care to listen to it – you will come to the discomforting conclusion that Scottish women are daft. That Scottish women find thinking hard to do – so they just vote No!

Scottish women are far from being simple-minded and they know how to think. For Scotland.

The image below best illustrates my sentiment on this particular advertisement. I know others feel the same too!

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On Wednesday, I was at the Carigali Hess Operating Company premise in the Petronas Twin Towers to attend the CHOC Toastmasters meeting. I was the General Evaluator. It was a good meeting because I think the members were really gung-ho about Toastmasters but I recognized that they needed nurturing. More importantly, they seemed willing to learn. I liked the speeches and given that they had experienced Toastmasters to give evaluations, I do believe there was a lot of learning. I would rate this meeting a 7 over 10.

BTW, there were two international Toastmasters who dropped by one from Chicago, USA and another from Perth, Australia.

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