The Oscar fiasco shows that gender equality still has a long way to go

I commend Ian O’Doherty’s comment (“Smith was out of order but he made the Oscars relevant for the first time in years”, Irish Independent, 30 March) for taking a different stance on the recent Oscar fiasco.

Of course, violence cannot be tolerated. I can’t help but feel a sense of disappointment reading all of the Oscar riot comments that no one mentioned the apparent lack of respect that was shown in the first place.

It begs the question why this type of behavior is tolerated – it’s neither clever nor humorous.

The same week that the Taliban, on the other hand, banned young girls’ right to education Globus, in what is probably one of the most underprivileged countries in the world, we are rightly outraged.

But on the other side of the pond in the most privileged place In the world of Hollywood, a man can be on the world stage and find it acceptable to poke fun at a woman’s vulnerability. Anyone who says gender bias doesn’t exist, it is!

The whole focus is on two dumb, overprivileged men who mostly just hit each other in the chest.

There is no comment as to why undermining a woman is tolerated in the first place, whether she is vulnerable or not. It proves that gender equality, no matter where in the world, is really about two steps forward and three steps back.

Lars Ni Dhunlaing

Rathfarnham, Dublin 14

The castrated UK has to come to terms with a united Ireland

I wholeheartedly agree with Noel Harrington (“Unionists are not content with having the same rights as everyone else”, letters, March 29). Although I would focus my comments on the union politicians and commercial kingpins. It’s not just protocol, though they’ve been royally screwed by Boris Johnson (ironic since they profess to be loyal subjects of the British monarchy). And not just the part of the Good Friday Agreement that relates to a border survey.

Your recollection may not or may not wish to extend to the 1921 Treaty, particularly the section which brought ‘Northern Ireland’ into the six counties of Ulster, which had a Unionist majority and rendered ‘Northern Ireland’ nonsensical. Parliament approved the division into six districts.

The current British government is no less cute than it was a hundred years ago; the world has neutralized England’s former position as a nation of selfish, abusive and immoral power. The sooner Johnson & Co and the unionist grandees realize this, the sooner the benefits of changes can be enjoyed by all 32 counties under a united Ireland.

Harry Charalambou

Muswell Hill, London

Failure to address the housing crisis is a government strategy

The headline was intriguing enough (“New pension system needed to pay rent for generations who will never own a home when they retire”, Irish IndependentMarch 30), but the quote from a government memo threw it out of the stadium.

“In old age, more and more older people will need sufficient income to cover the rental costs in old age,” It says.

Surely this “solution” approaches the problem from the wrong side? Solving the real estate crisis is the better and cheaper way to avert the impending catastrophe.

Perhaps the most chilling aspect of this story is that it lends credence to the view that the failure to address the housing crisis is not incompetence at all, but part of an ideologically driven agenda in which the market is given a free hand to dictate everything to the government is only there to put out the inevitable fires when they do break out, and it uses taxpayers’ money to do it.

Jim O’Sullivan

Rathmond, Sligo

Republicans, too, deserve the right to have their say

still another pro-Trump, pro-Republican tirade from Mary Stewart (Irish Independent, lettersmarch 29). A somewhat strange request (stop printing “biased” reports by Jennifer Rubin) from someone who constantly encourages debate and is willing to hear opposing views.

I sat through an online stream of the Republican investigation into Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and was appalled at the standard of questioning. They ridiculed themselves and the institution they represent. It was a match between outright silliness, incompetence and rudeness versus polish, grace and composure.

I hope, Mrs. Stewart that the Irish Independent will continue to print you because, on the one hand, as Voltaire believed: “disapprove of what you say, but I will defend your right to say it to the death.”

Gearóid Ó Baoighill

Rue d’Estienne d’Orve, France The Oscar fiasco shows that gender equality still has a long way to go

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