The tragic letter below appeared in the Herald last week and has been a source of much amusing conjecture in my office and with visitors.
First however; Doetie and Keizer are Dutch names while Riverton, lying half an hour or so on the coast 40 minutes to the west of Invercargill, is one of New Zealand’s most remote villages. It sits on a pretty inlet although I’m told it gets knocked about regularly by Foveaux Strait storms. It’s the sort of place a mass murderer on the run might seek out.
So here we have a woman, presumably appalled by the splendid fun-loving liberality of today’s Netherlands, escaping to soak in misery at the bottom of the world. It’s hard to believe and a more probable explanation is far from leaving Holland she’s a fleeing South African Boer, people renown for their religion-soaked bleakness.
Doetie’s expressed objection is to the word “Women” for a magazine aimed at women in its contents. This, for God’s sake she says is sexist. It’s simply unbelievable.
Well the other night in a standard getting-out-of-hand end of days drinks session in my office, we were graced with the presence of a well known journo, a couple of senior politicians and some lawyer mates and an entertaining hour was had conjecturing about Doetie in search of an explanation. Ultimately a consensus was reached.
Top of the bill was insanity. No other explanation seemed as possible. A close second was extreme stupidity.
More enjoyable was contemplating her recreational interests.
Does she, we wondered, occasionally venture into the big smoke, namely Invercargill, and stand outside women’s dress shops protesting about their sexist contents? Has she been banned from pharmacies for causing a scene at their cosmetics section? Is she petitioning the Council to remove the disgracefully sexist sign “women” from women’s public toilets and if not, why not?
God help us should she find out about the Olympics and their numerous shocking sexist events such as the women’s high jump, women’s marathon, women’s discus and literally hundreds of other shamefully sexist events.
And if she objects to the word WOMEN being applied to women’s products, what else might she be outraged by? We had fun conjecturing on that.
Does Doetie (she should Anglicise it to “Dotty”) launch protests outside bookshops as prejudicial to blind people, abuse the local electoral office for its prohibition against children being able to vote, bitch outside Chinese restaurants for their racist menus? – The mind boggles at the possibilities.
Is there a sunny side to all of this? Consensus was quickly reached on that, namely imagine being married to her, and not being so, all of our spirits soared.
I think Doetie is just bored in Riverton
I heard that ” Womans Weekly “, due to finacial constraints, will now only be published qw times a year.
I understand their marketing department is looking for a new title.
Whoops fat finger …” qw ” should read ” 12 “
Women’s Monthly Cycle is said to be a front runner.
Whoops fat finger …” qw ” should read ” 12 “
Or on the other hand Doetie is enjoying simply taking the piss?
But it kept Bob and his mates amused for some time.
I need to find a job like that.
“Poe’s Law”: when things are so insane that even satire will inevitably be mistaken for sincere advocacy….
Google indicates that the woman actually exists and the letter isn’t atypical of her other actions. One wonders what Riverton has done to deserve her.
You’ll probably find that Doetie means ‘digit’. A real wind-up me-thinks.
Oh, please Bob, how can you inappropriately presume Doetie is a woman?
Fighting talk like Doetie’s suggest this individual may identify being gender neutral.
The sooner society, starts to accept and cater for gender neutrality, the better.
In the future you too can benefit, gender neutral toilets. Equality for all!
Not sure, how those who identify as female would feel about those who identify as male, using the same ablution?
Then there is the “I’m in between mob” or “not sure lot.” The dilemma is immense!
ah ha ha …very good. Got to be a left tease surely. Like Richard-head- Daffy our corrupt speaker with baby; they’re winding up the conservative norm. “Lets plant Dotty right in the heart; rural Southland… maximum impact”.
One of the lefts best wind-ups is a TVNZ (tax payer funded) news article interview with our “colorful” minister of finance, (circa1 year prev, I think; haven’t watched since) where a very camp-like slimy reporter has been placed very close to the “rear” of the finance minister ; the suggestive smirk on this “sweethearts” face as it breaths down the neck of Robertson leaves the viewer in no doubt the interview is a complete set up to disgust the conservative viewer. That would have been set up by Robertson.
TVNZ (in general) news is now complete PC crap and not worth watching in any case, so who cares.
Hope your wearing protection darling.Texas flu will get you before C19 or perhaps a religious fundamentalist that may not be so Christian.
Actually, I believe there are some Dutch imagrants that created a Lily bulb industry in Southland and have been quite succesfull in life.
It’s a huge operation.
In reality , how many Dutch immigrants do you know that have not been successful ?
I think its wonderful that our academic elite,( elite– definition. “a select group that is superior in terms of ability or qualities to the rest of a group or society”) are more concerned with our horrid sexist terms than the economy of our country. We don’t need an economy when we can survive on the kindness of our government and smoking weed….a man! ooops I mean personage.
I think she’s barking up the wrong tree. What about all the deaf people crying into their milo while reading The Listener?
Having researched Doetie Keizer more thoroughly , what she says may have been genuine and not just taking the piss.
She seems a genuine caring person , well engaged with her community.
She has a positive outlook is well regarded in the South.
What a contrast !
mmm…yes. I didn’t research Doetie Keitzer because what ‘it’ suggests is ridiculous.
So try this…
We should be concentrating on “making comedy safe” through the use of a gender neutered, (or neutral) inspector of comedy to be appointed by our wonderful government. Comedy is so nasty and “O”fends many of societies minority groups. I’m not concerned the government is about to spend 2 million on a working group to do this.
Remember to be kind everybody…. FFS!
Had to share this :
FINNALY – Someone with influence gets it.
Uni’s teachers/professors are fuelling this PC crap of anti-capitalism, and socialism so students protest. Can’t blame them as that’s what they are taught in schools now.
This teacher deserves a medal in my book.
Teacher Fails Entire Class
An economics professor made a statement that she had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class.
That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.
The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on this plan”. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A.
(Substituting grades for dollars – something closer to home and more readily understood by all).
After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.
The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the third test rolled around, the average was an F.
As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame, and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.
To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when Government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.
These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:
1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.