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!
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.