You Bet I Like A Beer Or Two, Boy!

It’s Friday and, just let me check, yep we are actually living in the 21st century. Why the confusion? Because this landed in my inbox yesterday:

“……I don’t see drinking beer as a “womanly” thing to do and most probably would not date girls that do so. Drinking beer from a bottle is ok for a young person, but a woman over 30-35 doing so would seem rather unsophisticated and (sorry) not very intelegent maybe even childish. If you have to drink beer drink it from a small glass or get a half pint you will look more ladylike”

Apparently I am seen by this paragon of gentlemanly behaviour as less than a lady because I like a beer and I drink it from a pint glass. Because emailing a woman and calling her childish, unsophisticated, unladylike and “un-intelegent” (not so daft that I can’t use spellcheck though Mr) makes him such a gentleman.

I am so sorry, I had no idea that my choice of beverage and size of drinking vessel dictated my femininity. I will immediately break out the sherry and sip it demurely from a suitable glass whilst wearing white gloves.

While I’m at it should I get your slippers? Make dinner for you? Run you a bath? All whilst wearing high heels and the daintiest of aprons that never gets a smear of gravy on it? Give me a break!

I like a beer, and so do these other women drinking pints.

Above: A bevy of lovely ladies enjoying a pint. That’s me in the two pics on the very left and clockwise from top left: Jen, Sonia, Tracey and Catherine.

Listen up matey boy, there is only one thing that will make me reconsider drinking pints, and that’s the outfit I am wearing. Because drinking pints means visiting the loo more often, which means queuing (because when are there ever enough ladies loos), which means getting into a cubicle at the very last moment, which means that pints and jumpsuits do not mix well.

Let’s try to get past the stereotype of ‘a pint for the man and a white wine spritzer for the lady’ shall we? Because I know the most feminine of ladies who enjoys the odd pint, and the most butch of men who enjoys the odd cocktail.

Gender inequality leads to women being excluded from so many things in this world, let’s not make enjoying a decent pint one of them.

So I encourage all you ladies out there to try a pint; and make it a real ale if you can. Savour the flavours of craft beer, lift your glass and say a hearty cheers to the men who can’t see beyond the pint in your hand.

Cheerio.

 

15 Comments

  1. Charli
    June 3, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    To the aforementioned gentleman:

    Dear Sir,
    I consider myself neither childish nor unsophisticated nor unintelligent (and look! I can spell it correctly!). I am also a university lecturer with a Masters degree who has spent the last 24 years teaching young women that they have worth and opinions of their own and need not draw that worth or those opinions from men. I have raised my sons to understand that a woman’s worth is in her mind and not in her body and that double standards are for the weak who fear equality. I drink beer out of the bottle, sometimes more than one. Thank you for not wanting to date women like me because we wouldn’t have anything to do with men like you, and it saves us the trouble of having to tell men like you to piss off. Have a lovely day, and good luck finding a woman who will enjoy your company.

    **Perhaps you will feel that I am being a bit childish with this comment; however, one should not confuse childishness with the outrage that is the result of emailing insulting, unsolicited, foolish commentary to anyone for any reason. Attitudes like yours cannot go unanswered lest men like you feel somehow vindicated by ‘ladylike’ silence.

    • June 4, 2016 / 1:36 pm

      Kinda makes you hope he has no children to influence with his drivel doesn’t it?

      • Charli
        June 4, 2016 / 3:33 pm

        Indeed!!!! 😀

      • June 4, 2016 / 4:05 pm

        Well, if he’s not willing to date ‘our sort’ then there’s hope. Keep your fingers crossed!
        Michelle xx

    • June 4, 2016 / 4:01 pm

      Charli I love what you’ve said here!!
      My words metaphorically flicked beer in his eye, yours dumped the glass over his head! I am thrilled to know that there are women out there who not only stand up for their right to be treated as a man’s equal, but are also bringing up their sons to do so too.
      I hope to one day raise a pint with you my lovely lady.
      Michelle xx

      • Charli
        June 6, 2016 / 2:21 am

        Thank you! Men with his archaic attitude do bring out the best in me…lol! And I raise my bottle to our future pint (should I ever make it over the Pond…)! 😀

          • Charli
            June 6, 2016 / 9:18 pm

            I will most definitely do so! I really do hope to make it over at some point…so many places I would love to see and so many foods I want to eat! rofl! And now people to drink with! 🙂

          • June 6, 2016 / 9:33 pm

            I’ll raise a glass to that – a pint one of course 🙂

  2. June 4, 2016 / 1:34 pm

    Bahahahaha!
    Sorry but Bahahahaha…again sorry
    Nope I have no words Bahahahaha…

  3. June 4, 2016 / 5:01 pm

    If he is sitting at home emailing a lady who he saw on HER Instagram account or on HER blog, I think we can safely assume that he is unlikely to reproduce. Why is he not out doing what young bucks do? Dating girls sounds like a purely hypothetical scenario rather than anything that has actually ever happened to him. I have no doubt that if he ever convinces a girl to go out with him, she’ll tell him where to go in no time. I’ll go back to drinking my neat whisky and say a toast to this moron who is plunging headlong into the 18th century.

  4. June 5, 2016 / 9:12 am

    Holy moly – I am shocked that someone would be stupid enough to even put those thoughts in actual (badly spelt) writing. Bet you’re totally gutted that this moron wouldn’t consider dating you eh?!! Noooooooooooooot! Muppet!

    • June 6, 2016 / 7:27 pm

      Nicky, I am devastated that this perfect man wouldn’t consider stepping out with me. I may never get over the disappointment. Ha!!! 🙂
      Michelle xx

  5. June 7, 2016 / 12:47 pm

    Michelle my frustration at this man’s attitude towards women just makes me want curl up and die on behalf of the male race. It’s one thing to think it, but another to take the time and trouble to sit down, write an email and then at no point think to himself “Do you know what? Maybe this isn’t such a good idea after all. I WON’T hit Send.”

    But no, hit Send he did and yet another person is on the list for a Darwin Award. And when he’s awarded it I’m sure you, me and all the other beer-loving ladies will raise a pint to him to congratulate him 😉

    Catherine x

    P.S. Brilliantly written, BTW

    • June 8, 2016 / 7:53 am

      Thanks Catherine

      You should have seen me when I first read the email Catherine, I was shouting at my computer screen! I have no idea what was going around in his obviously under evolved brain. I mean, did he think his pearls of wisdom would make me change? I have my fingers crossed that he has read this post and the comments. Maybe he’ll think twice before hitting the send button next time.

      Michelle xx

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