Saturday, July 09, 2011

Sex disparity OK only when men are disadvantaged?

How do you like this? In the UK, there are now a quarter of primary schools without a male teacher. In some regions of England the percentage without a male teacher is as high as 57%. But the Department for Education is not going to try to recruit more men into the field; they are going to operate on the principle of "best person for the job":

A DfE spokesman said: ‘Quality of teaching in our schools is what we should all be looking at, regardless of gender.

‘Our job is to recruit the best men and women into the profession and give them outstanding training.'

OK, that principle would be defensible if it were applied consistently. But, as we know, when it's a case of men dominating a field then no such principle is invoked. Instead, we hear arguments that "a cross section of the population must be represented" or "we must aim for 50% representation of women".

A recent example from here in Melbourne concerns train drivers. Our train operator has won exemption from anti-discrimination laws to run ads appealing to women to become train drivers:

Metro told VCAT that women made up only 16 per cent of its 4000 strong workforce, but wanted to increase that to 50%.

So it's considered important in modern society that 50% of train drivers are female, but when it comes to teaching then it's a case of whoever is best for the job.

Obviously, the logic of this is that women will become increasingly advantaged in the workforce over time. Women will have relatively easy access to fields that are traditionally male dominated, whilst men will continue to have to compete to get into fields that are female dominated.


  1. Remember all those female firefighters who gave up their lives on 9/11? Me neither.

  2. ""Remember all those female firefighters who gave up their lives on 9/11? Me neither.""

    Well said.

    no reason to deny women credit when it is due, just the same back our way would be nice.

  3. Our civilization operates on a simple principle, which can be expressed by Orwell´s:
    "Four legs good, two legs bad". Just replace 4 legs by women and 2 legs by men.

  4. Gender specifications are essential in any society. Both masculinity and the femininity are essential for create human society. The only wrong thing is ignoring femininity and female gender specifications.
    Men must be men and masculine as well as women must be women and feminine. There is nothing wrong with gender base categorizing of human activities.
    There is a hidden agenda behind eliminating gender specifications from the society. That is deforming natural sexuality and promoting homosexuality. Naturally there is an attraction between two sexes when there are gender specifications in alive. People who want to deform the nature of sexuality are hardly trying to eliminate the gender specifications and neutralize gender gender as well. That is the truth behind these things.