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So, you’ve been saving up for six months, and you’ve finally got enough to have your house decorated. It costs you three grand to have the whole place done and when you finally see the finished result, it’s exactly as you’d specified.

Three weeks later you are informed that the paint is full of asbestos. It’s not immediately dangerous, no, but there is a proven risk to your health if you keep it.

Who should pay to have the house redone? The company? That would be the obvious answer – but if they don’t? You can’t possibly expect the government to help you. After all, having a nicely decorated house is a luxury. And you only really wanted it done because of the nice homes you see on TV and in magazines. Would sit in that dangerous environment until you could save up yet more of your own money to rectify the situation? What if the risk were under your skin instead of on your walls?

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Here is how any debate attempting to analyse an item of popular culture in a political way in a blog form will generally go. Blogger puts forward a case that something has something that they wish to dissect – lets for the sake of argument claim they call it misogynistic -, commenter will claim that this over-reading something (and if it was a comedy that it was just a joke/the Blogger has no sense of humour), then someone will claim that they are ignoring all of the cases of discrimination against men in other pieces (either real or imagined) and then someone else will claim that doing this is pointless because either it isn’t tackling any real issues.

It is this final moment in so many debates, which normally comes just before Godwin’s Law is activated, that I want to take issue with, that analysing cultural concerns distract from dealing with making more concrete changes. I would contend that culture creates environments in which policy decisions are made possible, therefore it is vital for people to criticise pieces of popular culture that they find concerning, because by ignoring worrying cultural trends you allow the ground to be prepared for real actions.

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