After a recent and well-deserved dressing down from readers, Beyond the Bedpan keeps a low profile by questioning women’s place in society and cockroaches’ place in Scottish hospitals
The pill - catalyst for the sexual revolution, scourge of the Vatican and a central plank of the feminist manifesto - whatever your views, there is no doubt that since it’s conception (sorry) in the 1960s, the pill has had an immeasurable effect on society and sexual politics.
Nurses will be all too familiar with debates on youngsters’ access to contraceptives, and whether they have become a substitute for emotional and sexual responsibility.
But today the pill stands accused of something altogether more sinister - making women love girly men. You heard. Apparently active hormones in oral contraception quash women’s interest in macho men and make them lust after big flouncing nancy boys, or words to that effect.
Putting the speculative science to one side, the study has made a huge impact in the national press. The Daily Mail, never off the pace with health stories, laments the rise of “girly” and “boyish” sex symbols like Zac Effron and Johnny Depp in place of the Burt Lancaster-esque hunks of yeasteryear.
The Mail’s readers aren’t satisfied with the explanation. Women are changing, says “Rabbit” in the comments section, but “insidious social engineering and ridiculous feminism” are to blame, not the pill.
What’s more, “women are simply being made to behave like men. They don’t really know what they want anymore, only what they are supposed to want.”
Where will it all end?
In other news, hospitals in Tayside, Scotland seem to have plumbed new depths of questionable hygiene.
When local newspaper The Courier submitted a Freedom of Information request regarding Tayside hospitals’ pest control spending, they were shocked to uncover an £11,000 bill incurred between October 2008 and July 2009.
Beyond the Bedpan hates to fan the flames of hysteria, but we’re not just talking mice here. Bats, seagulls, rabbits, cockroaches, ants, flies, silverfish, beetles, wasps and hornets were among the creatures requiring no fewer than 462 visits from pest control experts.
On the bright side, local families are delighted to be saving money on zoo admissions.