Not connectedto Irish culture


I hope you will publish this, my support for Bernadette Percy and her letter, which appeared in your paper with pictures, about a calendar produced by the Irish Women’s Network (Celtic calendar leaves us blushing, Nov. 21).

I am the person who sent the article to Mrs. Percy as I knew that she, like me, and many of our Irish friends were displeased with the calendar, as the women posed in the pictures as if they were nude. We did not want the calendars in our houses, though we’d have been happy to have donated to the good cause it was produced for.

People can pose for pictures whatever way they wish, but to connect these naughty and silly pictures with Irish culture and Irish womanhood was what really upset so many of us.

I would like to let letter-writer Linda Coulter (No need to feel humiliated, Nov. 28) know that I’ve known Bernadette Percy for 26 years and can ensure her that indeed Bernadette has a terrific sense of humour. She doesn’t need to rent the movie, “Calendar Girls.” She saw it and, like myself and many others, she thinks a more original idea could have been used rather than to copy others.

The Irish have always been creative as well as humorous.

I would also like to say to Chris Johnson (Women can be funny, feminine, Nov. 28), I know several of the women in the pictures and feel, as Irish women, they have let me down and disappointed me. I don’t believe one has to expose a lot of flesh to express or celebrate one’s femininity – Irish or otherwise.

The words ‘shocked’ and ‘humiliated’ that Mrs. Percy used are only two I’ve heard expressed about the calendar pictures. I’ve heard ‘disgusting,’ ‘disgraceful,’ ‘shameless,’ ‘ridiculous,’ ‘demeaning,’ ‘cheap’ and a few others.

What we really want the public to know is that these pictures do not truly represent Irish culture or Irish womanhood as most of us have always cherished it.

Maeve McErlean, Surrey

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