On Tuesday night the BBC ran a documentary, The Last Miners. ‘This was a two-part documentary following the workers at Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire, the last deep coal mine in Britain, as it prepares to close. The programme joins workers on their commute to work – dropping over 800 metres below ground before taking a workmen’s train for four miles to the coalface. As temperatures rise to 33 degrees, it is a hostile and dangerous environment to work in, but their black humour is never far from the surface.’
In case you missed the obvious by ‘workers’ it meant men. It was all men doing this incredibly dangerous job in very difficult conditions. This is something the feminists fail to mention in their quest for equality. They only want equality if it means taking the cushy office jobs.
So it was interesting watching Yvette Cooper, head cheerleader of the feminist movement, defend the men in the House of Commons. She said these men had gotten one of the worst deals of all the miners who lost their jobs after pit closures. Good for Cooper, at least on this point. It is just a shame she fails to see the wood for the trees on so many other issues.
In the documentary, we see how one man had a heart attack due to stress but recovered. In another part, a young miner describes how he lost his father to the mine when it collapsed upon him.
In fact, due to the closure of the mine, the memorial recording all of the names of the men who had died on the job was moved. Such was the privilege of being a mining man working in the patriarchy.
We have pointed out time and again on this website that modern feminism is an elite agenda that demands privilege – not equality of opportunity – for women. And you see that very clearly when it comes to dangerous, dirty jobs such as mining and construction. In the US, at least, men account for 92 per cent of all occupational deaths and I have no reason to believe it is any different in the UK.
So the next time you hear the 1 per cent feminists banging on about the fact that there are not enough women CEOs in the Fortune 500, remember the unfortunate 5,000. These are the thousands of men who take on the dangerous jobs for often not enough pay. And most do it to provide for their families. They do not need to be patronised but they do deserve our respect and acknowledgement that they take these jobs to spare the women from having to do so. That is how the patriarchy privileges women most of all.
(Image: Chris Sampson)