SARAH VINE: Rape victims in Ukraine know what a woman is, Sir Keir

It’s fair to say that those Oscars will be remembered, even if it’s for all the wrong reasons. But this week, I remembered another Oscar ceremony, a little over 60 years ago, when Sophia Loren won Best Actress.

Her role, in the dark but powerful war drama Two Women, was surprisingly serious for an actress known as a sex symbol. She stars as a widow with a 12-year-old daughter, Rosetta, struggling to survive during the devastation of World War II.

Fleeing Rome after the Allied forces arrive, she and Rosetta encounter a group of French soldiers. Despite the mother’s frantic efforts to protect her child, the couple are gang-raped in a church.

Loren delivers one of the most heartbreaking performances of her career, but it’s a performance that I find nearly impossible to watch.

The film was based on a book by Italian novelist Alberto Moravia, which was itself based on real-life accounts of the widespread rape of women and young girls by Franco-Moroccan soldiers after the Battle of Monte Cassino in 1944.

Contemporary accounts, notably by British writer and officer Norman Lewis, describe atrocious acts. Two sisters, aged 15 and 17, assaulted by 200 men; the priest who tried to defend them was himself raped and later died of his injuries.

Here’s a thought, Sir Keir. Why don’t you try asking this question to women fleeing male violence in Ukraine? I think you’ll get a pretty clear answer.

Loren captures all this agony, all this suffering of women through the ages, mistreated and humiliated by men drunk on power. Because wherever there are men with guns, there are women in danger.

This week we heard the story of a mother in Ukraine who was raped by Russian soldiers after killing her husband, while her terrified four-year-old son hid in the boiler room.

One, she told The Times, pointed a gun to her head and spat, “You better shut up or I’ll get your child and show him his mother’s brains strewn all over the place. the House.” They came back to rape her again and laughed at her: ‘Are we going to kill her or keep her alive?’

This week we heard the story of a mother in Ukraine who was raped by Russian soldiers after killing her husband, while her terrified four-year-old son hid in the boiler room

This week we heard the story of a mother in Ukraine who was raped by Russian soldiers after killing her husband, while her terrified four-year-old son hid in the boiler room

Luckily for us, the women of this country are not facing an invading army.  But that doesn't mean there aren't many who are victimized by violent men - they are the ones who are betrayed.

Luckily for us, the women of this country are not facing an invading army. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t many who are victimized by violent men – they are the ones who are betrayed.

If those are hard words to read, imagine how hard it must be to bear them, knowing all the time that your husband is dead and your child’s life depends on your ability to meet the loathsome demands of these bullies. This is the reality of women in Ukraine, and the world should not turn a blind eye.

What to me makes it all the more shocking is the fact that at a time when the safety of women in a democracy not so far from ours is under threat, our own politicians are showing such cowardice in the defense of women’s rights.

Luckily for us, the women of this country are not facing an invading army. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t many who are victimized by violent men – they are the ones who are betrayed.

The boundaries that exist to protect women-only spaces are being eroded by idiotic politicians too cowardly to risk offending a small minority of bullies by standing up for what is sadly the truth: that sometimes people with cervix need protection from those with a penis.

What about when they can’t even answer the simple question, “What is a woman?” And, when asked if a woman can possess a penis, Labor leader Keir Starmer has no answer?

Here’s a thought, Sir Keir. Why don’t you try asking this question to women fleeing male violence in Ukraine? I think you’ll get a pretty clear answer.

  • The Queen is first and foremost the monarch, but she is also a devoted mother – and it certainly takes a mother’s love to forgive a man who paid a sex trafficking victim £12million.

The Queen doesn’t often wear her emotions on her sleeve, but yesterday she made them clear: Prince Andrew may be an outcast in the eyes of the world, but to her he remains a beloved son.

Whether you agree with her wishes or not, I think she has earned this privilege.

I’d chew the fat with the new Joe

I have to admit, I was rather pleased to see Joe Wicks’ photos considerably rounder than we’re used to in the Mail yesterday.

As the country’s super-ripped fitness instructor, I’ve always found it rather exhausting.

This version looks like someone I could share a donut with.

Though I suspect it’s only a matter of time before he cashes in on a lucrative “How I Lost the Chub” scheme.

Don’t apologize for the story

Prince William was careful to respond with a suitably cheeky approach to accusations of ‘white imperialism’ during his tour last week.

But while the Commonwealth may belong to a bygone era, many of its most positive associations – of kinship, collaboration and mutual understanding – live on forever. Too bad our royals and politicians aren’t brave enough to recognize that.

And how ironic that the children of immigrants, including Minister Kemi Badenoch and Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi, are ready to speak out. This week, Zahawi said pupils should learn about the positive aspects of Empire, citing the Iraqi civil service before Saddam Hussein – a despot from whom Zahawi’s own parents fled – as an example of a British model who ” has actually served the country incredibly well for many.” , several decades “.

It reminds me of that scene in Life Of Brian, where John Cleese is raging about the Romans. “They bled us dry, the bastards. They took everything we had. . . And what have they ever done for us? Well, you know the rest.

A government-sponsored initiative to distribute Welsh-language copies of a book celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee has been backed with less enthusiasm by Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford, who told schools in Wales to contact the England Department of Education if they want a copy.

Republican Drakeford has no right to impose his views on the Welsh. Keep your tribal mitts off of Jubilee, Mr. Drakeford, and let your people decide.

This party is over

I am still furious that No 10 staff shouted while we were locked in our homes and people watched loved ones die via video link.

That said, I think it’s time we left Partygate. Against the backdrop of war in Ukraine and the cost-of-living juggernaut, the question of who drank a glass of warm white wine with whom, and when, seems increasingly trivial.

The real scandal, in my view, is why the government was seduced into imposing draconian lockdowns in the first place. This is, I fear, the £400 billion question.

For example, Chelsea Football Club owner and oligarch Roman Abramovich was allegedly poisoned after eating chocolate during a peace summit. I will keep reminding myself of the fact whenever I feel like poking fun at a Walnut Whip.

You never know, it might do the trick.

The news that the definition of a UK heat wave has been raised to – shock, horror – 28c is so wonderfully British. Where I grew up in Italy, 28c was considered thick sock weather.

  • Speaking of heat waves, men are more likely to die of heart attacks on hot summer nights.

What can they do well?

Of course, Will Smith should keep his Oscar. Roman Polanski and Harvey Weinstein have not been stripped of their gongs. As inappropriate as Smith’s behavior was, no one could argue that it was worse than pedophilia or rape.

Emily Bridges, a transgender cyclist, competed in the men’s category at the British Universities Championship in Glasgow last month.

And yet, this Saturday, she will run as a woman against female competitors, including five-time Olympic champion Dame Laura Kenny. Sorry, but in what world is that fair?

How can British cycling justify this decision? And when are we going to recognize that this approach to gender identification is an outright assault on the rights of female athletes everywhere?

I know it’s mean of me, but I can’t help but love Essex mum Sherrilyn Speid, who was fined this week for pushing her Range Rover into two protesters in ‘Insulate Britain on a road near the M25 last October. It was the wrong thing to do, but how many people cheered to see this angry school mom take on smug eco-martyrs who think they have a right to tell everyone else how to live their lives?

I bet Aled’s daughter skipped the ice cream

These gelato-colored dresses on the Oscars red carpet looked pretty good to eat.

Too bad it’s the closest most stars wearing them will get a taste of the real thing, poor loves.

Aled Jones' exquisite daughter Emilia's cut-out creation was more of a creme caramel - though even she surely wouldn't dare tuck into any type of pudding with that clinging to every curve

Aled Jones’ exquisite daughter Emilia’s cut-out creation was more of a creme caramel – though even she surely wouldn’t dare tuck into any type of pudding with that clinging to every curve

That said, the cut-out creation of singer Aled Jones’ exquisite daughter, Emilia, was more of a crème caramel – though she surely wouldn’t dare tuck into any type of pudding with that clinging to every curve.

How shameful it seems that more Ukrainians were kidnapped and deported to labor camps inside Russia than were accepted as refugees in Britain.

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