September 19, 2007
Of Course, It's the Patriarchy
Women who do not have children are considerably less sympathetic than men to mothers trying to juggle home and career, researchers have discovered.
Clearly, this can only be the effect of living in a competetive, capitalist society.
Those surveyed said that with maternity leave lasting up to 12 months and the right to ask for flexible working, women without children perceived them as enemies to be left behind on the corporate ladder.
Nothing to do with any innate competition between human beings.
"However, there can be a lot of competition and jealousy in the workplace, and some women might see it as an advantage in their career that they do not have children and a demanding home life."
We all know that women are naturally caring and empathic, nothing like the dog eat dog characters of men. So it must be the effects of the patriarchy causing this. Couldn't be anything else, could it?
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Women and men in the workplace, especially in small businesses, are having to put in the extra unpaid work to allow these working mothers to have their paid perks. That is why there is little or no love lost.
By and large, working women feel empowered to complain about it more than the men. This is for two reasons:
1. Men are intimidated by the fear of being disciplined for gender discrimination. Women aren't.
2. Those men with children, whose wives go to work, are indirectly benefitting from the perks, so they shut up about it. Especially if they themselves are in line for paternity leave.
Posted by: Monty | Sep 19, 2007 4:18:57 PM