LETTER: Allowing women at Lerwick Up-Helly-A’ would cause no ‘revolutionary upheaval’ 

If the committee of Lerwick’s (awesome) fire-festival was to declare gender equality today, there would be no revolutionary upheaval whatsoever. 

In reality, things will remain much the same, in that even if the committee actively encourage lasses to participate, the vast majority will realistically prefer to attend halls just as they have done in the past. 

The difference will be almost imperceptible. Only a small handful of lasses are likely to choose to join squads once they have the blessing and encouragement of the committee.

The whole ugly debate will presumably at that point completely disappear, and we could aa be pals again and get on with enjoying what is a truly magnificent event that we should all be able to be proud of.

Our festival, which we love so much, will essentially remain the same – but with a positive spirit of equality for all.

This letter appeared in yesterday’s (Friday) edition of The Shetland Times signed by: 

Peter Gear, Lindsey Manson, Christina Inkster, Hannah Mary Goodlad, Laura Hughes, Julie Moncrieff, Tom Wills, Daniel Inkster, Daniel Gear, Bobby Sutherland, Mathew Nicolson, Debra Nicolson, Johan Adamson, Jordan Clark, Chloe Keppie, Gillian Ramsay, Kirsten Green, Hannah Nicholson, Harley Gear, Frances Taylor, Sian Wild, Peter Ratter, Joanna Sandison, Alexander J Armitage, Andy Stephen, Bruce Stephen, Jean Stephen, Helen Braynis, Margaret Gear, Averil Simpson, David Spence, Kaye Sandison, Wilma Goodlad, Marina Thomason, John Goodlad.


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  • Janet Tulloch

    • February 5th, 2022 16:39

    Re: Letter: Allowing women…
    Next thing you know women will be wanting the vote, driving cars….

  • Steven Jarmson

    • February 6th, 2022 11:10

    “The whole ugly debate will presumably at that point completely disappear, and we could aa be pals again.”
    This one sentence says it all.
    People who represent only themselves, have no support beyond their little Facebook hate group (yes, I have seen many messages this group of haters have sent go each other about those who disagree with them) trying to lay conditions so we can all be friends.
    Wokism really is a cult of hate, their way or no way.
    Personally, and like most people, I think there’s no need to change it, especially to silence such vile hateful people as many of the pro-change are. But, if change does come, like most people, I will accept it.
    We should not change so we can “aa be pals again,” I don’t put put the condition of “you must follow my woke hate cult” to be my friend, we should not stoop or bend to these haters.
    The more inclusive we get, the more exclusive we become.

    • Ian Tinkler

      • February 6th, 2022 17:49

      How very profound, “The more inclusive we get, the more exclusive we become.” and what total pretentious nonsense!
      Talk about ” much ado about nothing”. Now if a bunch of men want to wear frocks and play pretendy Vikings so be it. Quite why they fear letting women join their ranks rather confounds me. Perhaps they fear losing the name “Transvestite Tuesday”!! Just how anti-woke that would be. Let the ladies join, then we could rename it Cross-Dress Tuesday. That would be far more gender neutral.

  • Hannah Beth Nicholson

    • February 6th, 2022 13:07

    ‘Woke hate cult’ – two of those words are not like the other, sorry progress and equality terrify you so much. Also claiming that you’ve seen the ‘hateful’ messages the pro-change side send each other is super bold, especially on a public platform. If you’re so concerned, why not share them?


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