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  • Countess of Lovelace was the pioneer of programming | Brief letters
    by Letters on August 15, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Computer programmers | Jacob Rees-Mogg | Hurt by Brexit | Confederate generals | Lawrentian dialect | Breastfeeding equipmentThe decline in female computer programmers is even more dramatic than Peter Kaye (Letters, 11 August) suggests. He says that in 1967 half of the programmers were female. That is nothing. In 1843 100% of programmers were female. Her name was Ada, Countess of Lovelace, and she had the prescient genius to explain how a computer might be programmed before one had even been built.Brian Simpson London • It seems I cannot open the Guardian these days without seeing an article about Jacob Rees-Mogg. Tuesday’s edition (15 August) has three. Why do you give space to these antediluvian, rightwing, intolerant and bigoted men and let their egos grow even larger? Their views must be anathema to most Guardian readers. Please send them back to the Daily Telegraph where they belong.Gillian GadsbyLondon Continue reading... […]

  • Speed, bonnie boat, to curb excess tourism | Brief letters
    by Letters on August 11, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Breastfeeding statue | Glen Campbell’s ‘tosser’ | Frank Field letters | Tony Blair as a young Trot | Codeword | Skye bridgeFurther to Paul Faupel’s letter (9 August) suggesting erecting a monument to breastfeeding in central London, there is such a statue celebrating motherhood with a woman suckling her baby in full public view. It is on the Buckingham Palace side of the Victoria Memorial. I estimate that it’s more than twice life size and has been there for over a hundred years. I’ve never heard anyone complain.Peter WalmsleyKingsbridge, Devon• I found Michael Hann’s analysis of By the Time I Get to Phoenix, in his piece about Glen Campbell (An everyman who defined US manhood, 9 August), really interesting but have never considered Jimmy Webb’s protagonist a “tosser”; rather, someone who just can’t bear to tell her, directly, or else holds greater faith in the written word.Anthony WebbGreenhithe, Kent Continue reading... […]

  • Let’s have monument to breastfeeding | Brief letters
    by Letters on August 8, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Trafalgar Square plinth | Foreign cricketers | Liberal party | Betraying the young | Codewords | Saskia SarginsonPerhaps the next statue to occupy the vacant plinth in Trafalgar Square should be a woman breastfeeding her child. This might assist the understanding that the primary purpose of female human mammary glands is to nourish the offspring whenever and wherever the need arises (Breastfeeding woman at V&A told to cover up, 7 August).Paul F FaupelSomersham, Cambridgeshire • Amateur cricketers from overseas may be prevented from playing in England by new Home Office rules (Report, 8 August), but “Basil D’Oliveira, a South African of mixed race” played for the Central Lancashire League team Middleton as a professional. His journey to the dark, wet, mill town was facilitated by the Guardian’s own John Arlott.Dr John LingardNewcastle upon Tyne Continue reading... […]

  • Too much detail in report of kidnapping | Letters
    by Letters on August 7, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    It’s burdensome enough being female, writes Libby Ruffle, without unnecessary detail in the reporting of crimes against womenLike Rebecca Nicholson (True crime looks great on TV. Murder victims don’t, 7 August), I too am tired of “seeing women’s battered corpses on screen”. But I’m also tired of unnecessary newspaper captions like that under the picture of Chloe Ayling (Report, 7 August): “When I woke up I was in a car boot with my wrists and ankles tied.” Kidnap and people trafficking are serious crimes which should be reported, but the amount of detail is unnecessary.Given the number of reports of misogyny in the same edition – Google’s anti-diversity manifesto; the abuse of Professor Mary Beard; the V&A showing breasts on statues while ordering a mother feeding her child to cover up; the misleading headline that a 4% majority of female magistrates (while the number of female high court judges remains under a third) is the leading factor for the low numbers from black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds (when employment, issues over the ability of younger people to commit their time, reaching out to different cultures, improving disabled access and lengthy recruitment procedures have also been identified as factors) – I would have hoped that the Guardian would think carefully before printing gratuitous detail when the sense of unease about being female can be burdensome enough already.Libby RuffleWoodbridge, Suffolk Continue reading... […]

  • V&A chief apologises to breastfeeding woman asked to cover up
    by Press Association on August 6, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Tristram Hunt’s apology comes after mother tweets about incident at museumThe director of the V&A has apologised after a woman complained she was asked to cover up while breastfeeding at the museum in London.The woman took to social media to point out the irony of the encounter at a museum filled with naked depictions of women.Flashed a nanosecond of nipple while #breastfeeding and was asked to cover up in @V_and_A courtyard. Am perplexed.... pic.twitter.com/T6VIRQbgrC Continue reading... […]

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