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Always an England: Birmingham erects statue to unwed mums instead of native son JRR Tolkien

November 2, 2014

No ring to rule them all:

Two sisters and their sons are joining the likes of Queen Victoria, Matthew Boulton and Tony Hancock in being immortalised by a statue in Birmingham.

A Real Birmingham Family, a life-sized bronze sculpture featuring sisters Roma and Emma Jones, with sons Kyan and Shaye, is being unveiled today.

The statue has been created by Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing and came after the subjects were chosen out of 372 families who applied.

It occupies a prominent place outside the new Library of Birmingham and came about after the Ikon Gallery raised £150,000 and scoured the city for the right family.

The project aimed to challenge the notion of what constituted a “real family” today and represent Birmingham’s cultural diversity.

h/t: Steve Sailer, who writes: “Sure, the city of Birmingham could have put up a statue of Birmingham’s J.R.R. Tolkien outside of Birmingham’s library, but what did J.R.R. Tolkien ever do to encourage reading?”

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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  1. Lastango permalink

    I commend the Library of Birmingham for recognizing in bronze what will be an enduring topicality:

    “A report published today using the latest data from the Office for National Statistics reveals a generational shift away from the institution of marriage, with youngsters far less likely ever to wed than their parents and grandparents.”

    “The research by the Marriage Foundation shows that, for a variety of reasons, 47 per cent of women and 48 per cent of men aged 20 will never marry.”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2652465/Why-half-todays-20-year-olds-never-married-How-young-couples-likely-cohabit-tie-knot.html

    I hope it’s possible to donate a bench from which pilgrims can contemplate this shrine to feminism, dependency slavery and the chain-wrecking of lives. Every MGTOW should visit, every father should take his sons and daughters there.

    BTW, I’ll hazard a wager: I give it three years before the irony overwhelms the social justice warriorettes of Birmingham, and they contrive a way to add a man to this desolate grouping. This will come after it dawns on them that young women — their primary indoctrination targets — are walking by this advertisement for a bleak, abstracted existence while muttering “There but for the grace of God go I”.

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