Women And Men
Bad news, Martha Stewart; despite your years of diligent tutelage, lately it seems like the whole idea of “housewife” as career choice may be heading for the endangered list.
That is certainly the message from several studies lately, which find that despite the nouveau glam of the cup cake and the hand-crocheted throw, now even parents of daughters think the best thing that can happen to ensure her financial future is not to “marry well” but to get her own job.
Two hundred years on from the publication of the vail-as-grail saga Pride and Prejudice, a recent poll of 1000 British parents found 57 per cent believed the best hope for their daughter’s long-term security was that she’d “get a good job”.
Our Governor General, Quentin Bryce, is one classy lady and a role model for young women everywhere.
Speaking yesterday at the launch of the federal gender watchdog’s latest census of women in leadership, the 69-year-old Bryce, rocking a skirt suit of the hottest pink you can imagine, shared her memory of life before the women’s movement. It’s worth recalling here:
“I’m a girl of the 60s,” Governor Bryce began, “a time when women in jobs were clustered in a narrow range of occupations. Marriage meant resignation. Pay was two thirds of men’s. No maternity leave. No childcare. No role models. No mentors. Little access to superannuation or higher education. There were separate job ads for women and girls, men and boys. I was the only girl from my school to go to university. There were a handful of us in law school. I was shocked to see only one woman scholar on campus at University of Queensland and to learn that I would have to leave work when I was married. It’s no wonder women started to take action.”
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Welcome to this week’s I Call Bullshit. Let’s get straight into it. So some bloody smart-arse congregation of designer-stubbled preening ad men have concocted a ridiculous campaign suggesting milk will take care of PMS.
Picture them sitting around their long shiny tables, bums squeaking in their exxy leather chairs, waiting for a cute secretary to bring them (soy) lattes and discussing just how ‘cheeky’ their new milk ads are.
Oooo and we’ll have a website and do social media and piss off the feminazis by suggesting women are hormone-ravaged banshees who can be tamed by calcium intake. IT’LL GO VIRAL, they probably thought, with pants-wetting glee.
Young Australians have often been labelled as lazy and lacking many crucial skills, leaving many older Australians to worry about the future of this country, left in the hands of those who lack the ability to look after themselves.
A bunch of survey results released recently echo these fears, focusing on the loss of traditional knowledge in the younger generation.
Simply put, women are not learning the skills that traditionally women once knew, and men are losing the manly abilities they once had.
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