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Reader’s Comment of the Day: Building sites must have their fair share of women labourers. No more wolf whistling


In response to Laura Perrins: Why are women under-represented in prison? Maria Miller must investigate, BSO wrote:

If women are to take up the jobs in which they are underrepresented, can the committee systematically look at the jobs that woman have been forced to take due to gender bias and discrimination? If paternity replaces maternity then surely the term ‘midwife’ must go? I suggest ‘midparent’ with a 50 per cent target for male take up by 2020. We need all the talent we can get in this area. I say a target of 50 per cent for infant, junior and secondary school teachers as well.

Now then Women’s Studies lecturers, let’s see: how about a target of 48 per cent heterosexual women, 48 per cent heterosexual men (with suitable training of course), 1 per cent gays or lesbians and 1 per cent bisexual and transgender. (Suitable representation for the disabled, ethnic minorities and religious minorities in all these categories of course!)

For far to long women have been forced against their wishes to take up jobs such as dental hygienists, beauticians, secretaries and administrative assistants, dental assistants, speech-therapists, nurses, child care workers, adult care workers, hairdressers, hair stylists and cosmetologists, receptionists and information clerks, payroll and timekeeping clerks. All should receive ‘Equality Commission’ inspections and emergency targets for male take up.

We should not stop at refuse collection and sewage disposal. Its only fair that tree surgeons, cement masons, concrete workers, bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists, electrical power-line installers and repairers, tool and die makers, roofers, heavy vehicle/mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics, home appliance repairers, crane and tower operators should also concede their masculine 90 per cent bias.

Taken together that would all mean an 8 per cent pay gap transfer of income to women from men. Hurrah! And of course all these manual jobs would have a surge in productivity as women brought their considerable talent and multitasking to these professions. No more unsightly builder’s bum. No more wolf whistling. No more standing around talking. No more work related accidents, and therefore no more mortality gender gap! The demand for finger nail technicians alone would boost GDP and compensate for the transitional costs. Men would live longer meaning a greater demand for adult care workers in old age. It’s a Win, Win, Win situation.



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