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Stirred, not shaken

The other day My daughter told us that she has never seen a “Bond” film and I immediately felt that I have been negligent in her education if she has not seen any of the archetypical secret agent films based upon the novels of Ian Fleming. This is something that I must try to address over the Christmas holidays. This little anecdote leads me to Janet Albrechtsen’s critique of the dour feminists who whine about the nature of James Bond.

In fact, I have a sneaking suspicion that those grouchy women who deride Bond would secretly love to be a sultry Bond girl for just a while at least. Before settling down to a life of academic introspection, who wouldn’t like to strap a Beretta 70 to the inside of their thigh, dress up in hopelessly tight-fitting gowns and, yes, have a naked Bond slip unannounced into their steamy shower? Come on, girls. ‘Fess up. Your fantasies can’t all be about being the first female chief justice of the High Court or the first female driver of a large piece of mining machinery in the Pilbara.

In any case, don’t underrate the Bond girls. Full of humour, they radiate a delightfully modern mix of confidence, arrogance and sexual liberation. Who can forget Pussy Galore, the lesbian pilot, or Plenty O’Toole and Holly Goodhead? Pick any Bond girl and I’ll find something more legitimately feminist about her than the Moaning Myrtles who cry sexism each time the latest Bond movie hits our screens. And then there’s that Bond woman M, head of MI6, who routinely puts 007 in his place. As other women my age have remarked, when you grew up in the late 1970s watching repeats of Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie, the Bond girls were a refreshing break from Samantha and Jeannie.

Instead of whining that the latest Bond movie is sexist, spare a thought for the poor blokes who could air a bigger grievance. They can never hope to be Bond. Not in the 21st century, where revealing even the smallest hint of the alpha male is pounced on by puritanical feminists as a sign of uncontrolled machismo and sexism. Maybe women like me love 007 because he is the antithesis of the metrosexual men who surround us.

In fact, if Bond is sexist and millions of modern, liberated women are still being seduced by the sexy spy, maybe the sisterhood should ask whether it is somehow to blame for making him so damn alluring.

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The sad fact is that so many feminist  warriors are far to serious about cultural Icons like James Bond and if they would just lighten up a bit then maybe the few truths that they are enunciating would not be ignored along with the hyperbole that is their stock in trade.

Cheers Comrades


  1. Peter Dippl says:

    Mate you had me till “metrosexual men ” Of course the correct term is “Narcissistic metrosexual dandies”
    Cheers comrade

  2. Peter Dippl says:

    Oh and there is also ” hyperbole that is their stock in trade” which should of course read “hyperbowl that is their stock in tirade”
    Cheers comrade mate

  3. deknarf says:

    Poor Janet, still trying to mix it with the ‘journo’ boys — rough, tough and macho. Those days are fast disappearing as the mainstream media becomes less and less relevant. Must admit it though it’s the first bit of Albrechtsen’s that I actually thought had something to say.
    And yes, introduction to a few of the Bond films over Christmas would not be a bad thing.

  4. Iain Hall says:

    Peter Dippl

    “hyperbowl that is their stock in tirade”

    I’ll Pay that one Peter!

  5. Iain Hall says:

    Well Deknarf there are fewer things that a daughter wants to be seen at with her dad these days hopefully James Bond won’t be one of them.

  6. Richard Ryan says:

    (Q) What is the difference between a bucket of shit, and Julie Bishop? (A) The Bucket.

  7. Iain Hall says:

    (Q) What is the difference between a bucket of shit, and Richard Ryan? (A) The Bucket.


  8. Richard Ryan says:

    Let’s make it a threesome!—Iain plenty of room in the gutter for both of us and Julie Bishop.

  9. GD says:

    Janet Albrechsten – the thinking man’s crumpet. Brains, beauty and sex appeal.

  10. Iain Hall says:

    Yes I agree That Janet is crumpet delux GD 😀

  11. Richard Ryan says:

    Janet Albrechsten—-has a face on her as long as a horse’s arse.

  12. Iain Hall says:

    Richard were horses arses as attractive as Janet then I would join a pony club mate…

  13. Richard Ryan says:

    Now who was it who called her the media bitch a “skanky ho”!

  14. Richard Ryan says:

    skanky ho=smelly whore.

  15. Richard Ryan says:

    scumbag= used condom.

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