Is ‘baldy’ REALLY a worse insult than ‘being hung like a small chipolata’? After man with no hair wins sexual harassment claim, JANET STREET-PORTER urges folically-challenged blokes to stop being so thin-skinned
What’s the worse insult you can hurl at a bloke in 2022?
Shouting ‘baldy’ at someone with a shiny head or calling their equipment a ‘chipolata’?
피터 안드레 has endured 17 years of sneery jokes and innuendo since Rebecca Vardy told a tabloid newspaper that their brief sexual encounter had been ‘not even worth the train fare’ and he had ‘the smallest trouser equipment’ she had ever seen.
Janet Street-Porter asks: ‘What’s the worse insult you can hurl at a bloke in 2022? 외침 “baldy” at someone with a shiny head or calling their equipment a “치폴라타”?’ 사진, Gregor Fisher as the Baldy Man
To be blunt, she claimed he was ‘hung like a small chipolata’.
Vardy has now admitted she made up those cruel observations – allegedly at the request of her jealous husband at the time.
Giving evidence in her libel hearing in the High Court this week, she claimed she ‘deeply regretted’ her remarks and had sent private messages of apology to Mr Andre and his wife a couple of years ago.
그렇지만, Vardy DIDN’T ask Mr Andre’s permission before giving her version of their night of passion, and certainly DIDN’T bother to say sorry in public afterwards.
If the person you are slagging off in this coarse and crummy way is a well-known pop singer, you might think they have serious grounds for seeking compensation plus an apology to protect their brand and their reputation. To his credit, ...에 대한 17 years Peter Andre has said and done nothing in retaliation.
‘Peter Andre has endured 17 years of sneery jokes and innuendo since Rebecca Vardy told a tabloid newspaper that their brief sexual encounter had been “not even worth the train fare”‘, Ms Street-Porter writes
Now his wife and children have been dragged into the high court libel battle between two warring Wags and he (다시 한번) must appear smiley and carefree.
Deep down, I am sure he really hurts.
In the topsy turvy world of modern gender politics, 하나, calling a man ‘bald’ turns out to be a far more damaging insult than any sausage-speak about what’s in their pants.
In a historic ruling this week a judge decided that using the term baldy to describe a man with no hair on his head can be considered sexual harassment.
Incredible but true.
The ruling came at a tribunal considering the case of an electrician who was fired from the company where he’d worked for over 20 연령.
Tony Finn (어울리는 얼굴 마스크와 대담한 오렌지색 가운에) sued his employers after his former supervisor had referred to him as a ‘bald c***’. Far from being offended by the C word, Mr Finn was more distressed by being described using the B word.
The employment tribunal judge- the unfortunately named Jonathan Brain- decided the word ‘bald’ violated Mr Finn’s dignity and created ‘a hostile, degrading and humiliating environment for him’.
Ms Street-Porter, 사진, 쓰다: ‘As for sexual harassment- in the 1980’s when I regularly wore huge Doc Marten boots with mini skirts, white van men would frequently scream “F*****g Lesbian” at me as I strode confidently down the road to the tube station’
Judge Brain said that using ‘bald’ as a form of abuse was no different to a previous case in which a man was found guilty of sexually harassing a woman by referring to her breasts.
Mr Finn not only won his claim for unfair dismissal, his claim of sexual harassment was also upheld, and so he is now legally entitled to compensation.
Whilst it cannot be nice to have been called a ‘bald c***’, was it really that distressing? Surely most blokes of a certain age who have lost their hair manage to grow a thicker skin as they navigate the rough and tumble of the factory floor or the workplace.
Judge Brain described baldness as ‘more prevalent in men than women’ and therefore it could be considered a term of sexual abuse. But is this true?
Jonathan Brain and his two fellow employment judges had suffered the loss of their hair, which seems to have made them biased in favour of the complainant.
Baldness is not funny if it’s happening to you- many women suffer badly from low self-esteem following hair loss during pregnancy or the menopause.
Women are supposed to be more obsessed with having ‘good’ 머리, and hair is a key part of our appearance and how we are judged, so you could argue that men are more able to cope with being called ‘baldy’ than women.
And there are all sorts of hunky bald male stars in Hollywood, where shaving your head is regularly the passport to a leading role in an action movie.
I refuse to accept that calling someone- of any sex- ‘bald’ is sexual harassment on a par with commenting on the size of their breasts or their willies. My sympathies lie with Peter Andre and not Tony Finn.
Mr Finn was entitled to be compensated for being summarily sacked in an abrasive manner, but not for any hurt feelings. Mr Andre had had to suffer far worse.
Insults have certainly changed over the years.
I’ve been on the receiving end of hundreds. There’s been ‘toothy’, and ‘gawky’. Not to mention ‘screechy’.
Most aspects of my appearance have been commented on and even at primary school I was known as ‘Olive Oyl’ because I was easily the tallest and thinnest girl in the class.
어떻게 든, I managed to survive the lot, and being trashed by verbal pygmies actually increased my self-confidence.
As for sexual harassment- in the 1980’s when I regularly wore huge Doc Marten boots with mini skirts, white van men would frequently scream ‘F*****g Lesbian’ at me as I strode confidently down the road to the tube station.
레베카 바르 디, wife of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice on the fourth day of the high-profile trial against Coleen Rooney
In the gender-fluid world of 2022 that would probably count as a compliment.
I accept that baldness affects some men more than others. I recently had to explain the ‘comb over’ to a Swiss friend- the term simply doesn’t exist in their language and the style seems to have disappeared along with all sightings of Arthur Scargill.
It leaves as Donald Trump the sole survivor, who has elevated the comb-over into a new level- the meringue, but he is a dinosaur when it comes to modern fashion. Most men under 60 understand too well that once your hair starts to give up the will to live, the only way forward involves the clippers.
The growth of the trendy beard coincided with middle-aged trendies suffering hair loss- it was simply a diversionary tactic to avert our gaze from the top of their heads to the chin.
One of my former boyfriends- a musician- has chosen the Wayne Rooney option to combat baldness- the bank-busting hair transplant.
한번, this former lover strode out on stage sprouting hair half way down his back. 지금, he’s proudly sporting a Byronic chin length grey bob- following an outlay of £15,000 to avoid being called ‘bald’.
I know of at least two other rock stars who have splashed out on transplants to boost their self-esteem.
Bald men of all ages, you should stop being so thin skinned.
Being described as bald is simply stating the (bald) 진실.