Sunday, March 01, 2009

Misogynist of the Week

No, not Mr Eugenides, to whom I owe the hat tip, but Newton Emerson, an Irish journalist and satirist who has this rather biased view on the cause of our current economic difficulty.

Obviously I take a different view.

That's the trouble with bad things happening - everyone is out to find a scapegoat, be it foreign workers (forgetting that the UK has far more of its citizens working across the EU than EU citizens working here) and now women. I bet it won't be long until someone seriously suggests repealing the equality legislation that has been so hard won over the years.

The premise of the article is clearly that men have more of a right to participate in employment than women and that women's careers are expendable, and a luxury that should only be allowed when the economic circumstances allow. Someone needs to find this man and drag him into the 20th, let alone the 21st century!

It would, of course, be mean to mention that the key players in the political and banking world who got us into this mess are almost exlusively men..........

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2 comments:

Rapunzel said...

Hi, Caron.

I read this last week, and was fairly sure, and indeed hopeful, that it was very much tongue in cheek.

Sort of thing Dave Allen might have broadcast?

Very funny if so, scary if not. But you do wonder how many people may have read it and agreed completely!
Now, that's scary.

Caron said...

I think that it wasn't entirely serious but the tendency to scapegoat is quite worrying.

I do worry about the effect of the economic downturn on equality issues, though. I think some sort of backlash from business is inevitable.

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