Friday, June 30, 2006

statue of limitations
Sometimes I walk up Whitehall rather than over Waterloo Bridge - I like seeing the Palace of Westminster in the early morning sunshine - but one thing always makes me cross: the statue in memory to the women of World War 2. Actually, Googling it has made me even crosser - the reason given for its design is the very reason I dislike it, "It depicts the women's working clothes and how they quietly took them off at the end of the day, hung them up and let the men take the credit." Everywhere else along Whitehall there are statues of "heroic" men looking "glorious" and the one statue devoted to women denies their individuality, champions the roles played rather than the players. I'd have rather seen one woman honoured than none.

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