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 WHERE HAVE ALL THE GOOD MEN GONE

by Christine McCherry

Bonny Tyler sang this in the eighties. Now I ask the same question. With the Daily news full of stories of corrupt policemen, paedophile priests and preying politicians we could be forgiven for thinking that there are no good men left.

It would be so easy to fall into the mind- set that all men are the same, but this would be unfair and totally wrong. I do wish the media would offer a more balanced view of the world. While all the bad stuff is reported in every sordid detail there is hardly any mention of the policeman who died to save a stranger, or the soldier who gave his life to defend his country or the Aid worker who dedicated his life to help the poor.

There is a hullabaloo going on at the moment in which most men are labelled sex pests whether they have just winked at some attractive lady or crossed the line into a full on groping attempt. Perhaps it is because I am an older woman and know the difference through bitter experience, but girls do need to learn to recognize this. There is so much mass hysteria going on concerning the subject of sexual harassment that I am surprised any man is brave enough to show even a passing interest in a woman.

I feel that we should try to calm down a little and inject a modicum of common sense into the situation. It is great that the male who behaves like a complete moron towards a woman whether by groping, touching inappropriately or making lewd suggestions should be held to account. We, as women should not have to put up with that kind of behaviour. I believe we should try and remember, however that there are many good men out there, and to be honest I feel a little bit sorry for them. Women need to be admired, to be loved, to be cherished. I know that because. I was, and it is a wonderful feeling.

Bonny Tyler sang I need a Hero. I lost my hero six years ago this March. I think we could all do with one right now.  

 

 

 

 

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