Discussion in 'General Election 2016' started by so-crates, Feb 28, 2016.
Averil Power had 73000 calendars printed at our expense for her ‘constituents’.
Women are grossly under-represented in the brick laying profession but I don't think that is any evidence that women face glass ceilings in brick laying. A recent study found that women actually have a hiring advantage in STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics]. There is a large gap in pay between women and men but its mostly a product of women choosing more part-time work and less risky professions. The reality is choice is driving the gap, and every economist how examines this issue stresses this, but the progressive left isn't very fond of numbers. Women simply aren't clamouring to become TDs or enter the other male dominated jobs whether it is maths or oil roughneck work. Discrimination exists but its minor factor.
Yes she cited the same-sex ref as a reason but that has nothing to do with whether or not FF is receptive to female TDs. She probably felt she belonged to a more leftist party. I am sure she is shocked by the FF resurgence.
And then FG lost power because of a tax on childrens shoes. Gareth thought women with small feet could evade the tax if he excluded childrens shoes from the tax
Very interesting thread. Where I work there are far more women than men. Some of the women are members of political parties (well FG and FF). They canvass during elections and referenda. They openly debate topical points almost on a weekly basis. They are well informed people and can hold their own anywhere.
Then there are the likes of me, cynical, no support to any particular party, outspoken etc. I have put it to them that women are under-represented and under-performers in all our political parties. My political female colleagues informed me that they are involved in political parties to hasten change. They are probably right, get involved, make your mark, change what must be changed. But, most of us prefer to stay outside of political parties and just vote whatever way we feel at election time.
Good post Rob. Women do face sexism in many areas but attitudes towards men, by both women and other men, can be equally discriminatory. So-crates point regarding carers is well made and is not always down to choice but it is true to say that most (but not all) of the reasons for pay and participation gaps between men and women in the workforce are down to choice rather than discrimination.
A women getting attacked because she is gay isn't due to sexism, it's due to homophobic bigotry. Gay men are probably more likely to face such attacks by the same ignorant thugs.
A good measure of the power of a group within society is who spends the money. As most adverts are targeted towards women it is fair to say that the advertising industry regards them as the main spenders. Roll back to the 60's and 70's and most adverts were aimed at men.
Is there also a case of straight men also being bullied because they are a bit unconventional, maybe they dress with more colour or longer hair, so therefore they will be branded as gay because people both male and female dont want men to be more adventurous. I think this is a new form of bullying
Unfortunately there's nothing new in bullying anyone who stands out from the crowd for whatever reason.
I don't see the connection between feminism and equality as it is feminists who are the ones who have insisted on gender quotas.
Just for reference women have been perfectly represented for for the simple reason that there is no one stopping women from signing up to be election candidates.
That has now changed in that they are insisting on gender quotas in parties.
FYI the number of female independents is what shows the interest women have in politics.
It was 15.6% last time I checked.
No, men apparently have privilege.
I'd argue that it is not oppression but women's own choices that keep them from attaining the great heights that a few small number of some men have achieved.
The electorate can only vote on what is put in front of them.
Claimed to have been assaulted.
Her black eye does not look convincing to me.
I also doubt that a scummer at 2am would be calling them "Feminist feckers".
Just like other feminist scare tactics this one looks as fake as fake can be.
If you want to see some serious violence look to what non-heterosexual women suffer
Exactly what rights/opportunities do men have that women don't?
Re gender pay gap or rather the gender earnings gay see the CSO figures on the issue, 94% see "Income and poverty"
Ireland has the privilege of being one of the first countries in the world to have a female cabinet Minister.
Women are NOT under represented in the Dáil, is there anyone stopping women from nipping down to their local council offices and signing up to be election candidates?
Maybe there is some burly guy outside stopping them from signing up?
How is it that men have managed to get out of bed and go down and sign up when women just don't seem to have the interest?
Attitudes towards men by men, women, government and society in general is appalling.
Men get 250% of the punishment for crimes in court (ie women get 40% of the punishment for the exact same crimes).
A husband can be convicted of raping his wife but the reverse does not apply.
Apparently female sex organs can't be used for rape.
A better measure of the power balance is to look who controls the children.
Men don't have automatic right to custody of their own children yet have a responsibility to provide maintenance even if they are not allowed to see their children by either the courts or the will of the mother.
Then of course the fact that in separation proceedings it is normally women who get sole custody of the children and fathers get part time access.
She who rocks the cradle rocks the world.
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