Guest Post: Less sweeping generalisations in 2018 from the media please

A Sunday Independent columnist called Alice, whose nationality is immaterial to us as we are all equal, recently wrote a dramatic and generalised headline that Malta was not a good place for  women.Well judging by some of the worlds most beautiful Hollywood women dressed in black at the Golden Globes Hollwood awards on Monday night, so many of whom have suffered sexual abuse, there are many countries where the challenges of sexual equality are still to be resolved. This protest happened in  the USA, and the victims who were protesting were mainly American women, rich and now powerful American women, at least compared to most of the women in the world.

Alice has also criticised the Maltese for being over patriotic in the past,as she says the Maltese get over jumpy when criticised. It’s not about that. It’s about silly generalisations that she and others make continually. The Maltese are this or that or the other. Other opinion writers do the same about others. Gozitans are different.The Americans are naive. The Italians eat well..Well the last one may be the most true of all.

Joking apart.People are the same the world over. Don’t those pretending to be liberals realise this? On Sky news last night a commentator from NYC said this about Donald Trump’s remarks about “big buttons” and being “a genius. “This NYC man said these comments “sounded like they came from the mouth of a 12 year old girl. “Girl not boy. Girl. While attacking Trump for being anti women, this supposed liberal, was himself being so misogynistic in saying that. Perhaps Alice could reflect on truth before she generalises about Malta. Sensational headlines are easy to write.Are the problems and challenges she describes only Maltese or the worst in Malta? It does not seem so.

Can we in 2018 start making less hysterical noises. Less superficial generalisations about men and women and of individual nationalities?After all in the UK only this week one rapist who was a black cab driver of possibly as many as hundreds of women,  was about to be released after only eight years. A few weeks for every rape essentially.Are we Maltese men and women then meant to write a headline like.England is a terrible place to be a woman? And send it to the UK press? We wonder how quickly they would run such a piece with so many shallow generalisations about all the English and England itself. But the PN biased media( though Alice is to her credit totally independent) currently loves to bring Malta and the Maltese down, now more than ever as they are now out of government, with their leader with an approval rating in single digits.

  • Jg

    Ma nafx minn fejn qed jinqalghu dawn il gurnalisti bhall John Sweeney u Tim Sabastian li gew hawn Malta fejn l ghan taghhom mhu xejn hlief jippruvaw jitfghu dell ikrah fuq Malta.
    Dawn kif ma staqsewx fuq is sucess u il progress li sar taht dan il Gvern illi malli telgha jmexxi l pajjiz fit 2013 min Malta falluta u f xifer ta bailout inbidlet f pajjiz b sahhtu u ghira ta pajjizi ohrajn fl UE.

  • V. Sant

    I have not read Alice’s commentary in the Independent. But for sure this Lady has either not lived in any other Western country, otherwise she would not have written such rubbish,or else she is seeing demons all around, or suffer from persecution mania, in which case I really pity her. My advice is that she spend some years or at least months in London, New York or other European city, and realise that we all live in the same world, and conclude that Malta is one of the safest place to live in, if not the safest.

    • Alice Elizabeth

      Oh dear, what a silly comment. I have lived in the UK for 18 years, Malta for 10, as well as two other countries, one EU, and one with a Muslim majority. I stand by my comments about Malta.

  • Julie Smith

    Because a generalised opinion is so much more scathing than a personal attack, isn’t it?

  • Alice Elizabeth

    Hey Gland, thanks for the shout out. Let me know when you can construct a sentence properly, and we then perhaps we can engage in some form of coherent debate. Until then, thanks for boosting my readership, caw for now!

    • Abuirba

      40,000 words votes essay is enough ….patientez svp

  • Maria

    I’m sorry?? What is this incoherent nonsense about?? Although, I suspect, the last sentence summarises all the preceding crap.

  • Julie Smith

    What discussion, so far all comments have been refused. Were they from the female gender perhaps so therefore carry no weight?

  • Julie Smith

    Still no comments approved. Yay for free speech. So what was the point of this article?

  • matthew

    Who the hell is Alice ?

    • Alice Elizabeth

      You are a true genius. No one has ever made that comment about my name before.

  • Alice Elizabeth

    What on earth are you on about? How ridiculous.