Do men get a rough deal?
National Times, January 11, 2011
Seems a bit rich these days to claim there is a “glass ceiling” for
female jobs. Load of cobblers, isn't it? I mean, Australia has a female
Prime Minister and a female Governor-General.
Has there really been discrimination over the years against mothers who
work -- or against women without children?
The National Council of Women thinks so and no surprise there. I
recently chatted with Victorian leader Jennie Rawther who pointed out
that, among other things, women at the end of World War 1 had to give up
their jobs to returning servicemen -- even though their husbands may
have been killed in combat. There was no widow’s pension, nor child
Sounds tough but Age reader Steve Hills of Rosebud is not impressed.
“There is overwhelming evidence that female health, safety and female
lives were held as more valuable than men’s lives,” he says. “Men’s
lives were routinely regarded as disposable. The view that women alone
were discriminated against is an ignorant one.”
According to Hills, “men have generally protected women but when women
share all the power, will they look after men? No. They never have. Is
there any such thing as a widower’s pension? Doesn’t exist. Never did.”
Hills is not alone in his jaundiced view of an anti-male world.
Here’s author Michael Flood:
Fathers’ rights groups overlap with men’s rights groups and both
represent an organised backlash to feminism. These groups consider that
males have been displaced from the labour market, schools and universities, deprived of
their role as fathers, and are now regarded only as “gene pool and cash
On the men’s rights website mensactivism.org the list of alleged
discrimination is a long one.
Women-only discounts for car rental in New Zealand -- a Canadian woman
who killed her defacto with a knife but walked free from court -- a
British study (by a woman) that finds women actually do like staying
home while men pay the bills:
The idea that women dislike being financially dependent on men is a
myth, with more choosing to “marry up” now than did so in the 1940s,
according to Dr Catherine Hakim from the London School of Economics.
After decades of gender equality campaigning many women now find it hard
to admit that they want to be a housewife more than they want a
successful career of their own, she said.
Says Steve Hills: “Patently women have been protected and paid for --
and paid respect due to their sex -- far more than men.”
Is he right?