Misogyny strong at the top of Micrsosoft

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella says women don’t need to ask for a raise. They should just trust the system – one that, in technology companies, is overwhelmingly male.

Nadella spoke at an event for women in computing held in Phoenix this week. He was asked to give his advice to women who are uncomfortable requesting a raise.

“It’s not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along,” he answered. Not asking for a raise, he added, is “good karma” that would help a boss realise that the employee could be trusted and should have more responsibility.

Un-believable that a major corporate CEO could be that dense.   Of course you ask for a raise!  And when you don’t get it, and you feel you are undervalued in the market, you change companies.

What sort of slave-mentality is it to sit there quietly and hope you’ll get noticed?

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Face of the Day

Chloe King

Chloe King

Chloe King

Chloe King

I intend to keep trying to take him down through my blogs I will do it with research, facts and the truth not malicious gossip and flawed arguments.

– Chloe King

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Want to wake up with a Big One?

At University I had it out with a number of lecturers who insisted that there was such a thing as positive discrimination. They argued that quotas for Women or for Maori would address imbalance in certain professions and therefore magically became acceptable.

I argued that discrimination is wrong when it is against Women and Maori and it is equally wrong against European Men.There is nothing Positive about it.

The best person for the job should get it. As a woman it is insulting to me to think that I might be selected for my sex rather than because I was the best person for the job. I would not accept an employer not selecting me solely because I was a woman, anymore than I would accept being given a job solely because I was a woman.

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What me? Worried about the Press Council? Nup

People have written to me, and plenty of other have written blog posts and tweets suggesting that I would get hammered by the Press Council for my posts.

I’m not so sure.

Have a read of this complaint against the NZ Herald and Bob Jones after his column on women drivers:

1. There are two complaints, by Wendy Allison and Brendon Blue, about a Bob Jones column published in the New Zealand Herald on 22 October 2013, ‘Spare us from road-clogging women’. The complaints are not upheld.

2. In his column Bob Jones claimed that ‘terrified’ women drivers were stopping at roundabouts and causing ‘massive pile-ups’ and delays. They were also blocking the free flow of traffic by persistently driving in the right-hand lane.
3. As for people who complained about him weaving around the women drivers, he said he had suggested to police that they would be ‘doing God’s work by going to the complainants’ homes, beating the crap out of them and burning their houses down’.

4. Ms Allison said the column contributed to a culture in New Zealand of sexism and misogynist violence. It incited violence against women and amounted to hate speech.
5. The attitudes expressed by Jones were common in New Zealand; they were damaging and contributed to discrimination against women. As such as they were in breach of the Press Council’s principle dealing with discrimination.
6. She says the media has a role in influencing cultural attitudes, but the Herald was condoning this negative culture by publishing the column.
7. Mr Blue complained that the column was misleading, discriminatory, perpetuated negative and inaccurate stereotypes. As such, it breached Press Council principles dealing with fairness, accuracy and balance and discrimination.
8. Its representation of women drivers was inaccurate because data suggests that women may be superior drivers. He accepted that the column represented Sir Robert’s opinion, but this did not allow him to mislead readers by omitting information that contradicted his view – namely official accident statistics which Mr Blue supplied to the Press Council.
9. He said the column explicitly and wilfully condoned violence against women and appeared threatening, abusive and insulting. Like Ms Allison he said the column bordered on hate speech.
10. Mr Blue sought an apology from the Herald for publishing the column and asked the newspaper to review Sir Robert’s continued employment as a columnist.   Read more »

Beven Hanlon has nothing on this guy

Beven Hanlon is just your average union thug, who uses or allows others to use Corrections resources for his own political ends, and who has his own sordid little affair to try to keep quiet…but he has nothing on this union boss in the UK, who it seems is a predatory rooting ratbag.

A trade union baron described as a ‘sexual predator’ has  quit after harassing his  married assistant.

Jonathan Ledger, general secretary of the National Association of Probation Officers, was said to have had a six-year affair with Cordell Pillay.

When the affair petered out in 2009, he carried out a lewd campaign to reignite it – grabbing her bottom, exposing himself and leering at her breasts, a tribunal heard.

When his behaviour was exposed, the union is said to have mounted a ‘Jimmy Savile-style cover-up’.

Mr Ledger eventually resigned in disgrace and Mrs Pillay has now been awarded £15,000 by an employment tribunal for sexual harassment. She also made a claim for unfair dismissal after her sacking in 2011 over budget errors, but the panel ruled it was fair.

Although Mrs Pillay denied having an affair with Mr Ledger, employment judge Mark Emerton ruled: ‘The two had a  consensual sexual relationship dating back to 2003, when they were both  assistant general secretaries.

‘The relationship was sustained by sexual contact in the union’s offices and, particularly, away at occasional residential conferences.’   Read more »

Gender wage gap is a myth

The Labour party likes to push what they call “pay equity”…and the need to close the gender wage gap.

Here is Sue Moroney harping on about it.

Today the Business and Professional Women of NZ are commemorating Equal Pay Day to mark the number of days extra each year that women have to work to earn the same as men.

Sadly, Equal Pay Day this year is three days later than it was last year because the gender pay gap has grown again according to the Statistics NZ Quarterly Employment Survey.

It shows the average hourly wage for men is $29.09, while women earn $25.25 per hour – a gap of almost 12%.

This comes on the back of the Minister for Women’s Affairs telling a select committee that the correlation between gender and low occupational status is “debatable.”

Which is all well and good but a new study in the US proves that these sorts of claims are hogwash and a gender wage gap does not actually exist…it is a myth.

It’s the bogus statistic that won’t die—and president deployed it during the State of the Union—but women do not make 77 cents to every dollar a man earns.

President Obama repeated the spurious gender wage gap statistic in his State of the Union address. “Today,” he said, “women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment.”

What is wrong and embarrassing is the President of the United States reciting a massively discredited factoid. The 23-cent gender pay gap is simply the difference between the average earnings of all men and women working full-time. It does not account for differences in occupations, positions, education, job tenure, or hours worked per week. When all these relevant factors are taken into consideration, the wage gap narrows to about five cents. And no one knows if the five cents is a result of discrimination or some other subtle, hard-to-measure difference between male and female workers. In its fact-checking column on the State of the Union, the Washington Post included the president’s mention of the wage gap in its list of dubious claims. “There is clearly a wage gap, but differences in the life choices of men and women… make it difficult to make simple comparisons.”   Read more »

PC Brigade say don’t make your kids kiss granny

Britain once again shows the stupidity of giving taxpayers money to idiots with degrees to inform us how to live.

Time for the poms to go on a Quango hunt.

Getting a reluctant child to give an elderly relative a kiss often requires some gentle persuasion.

But parents who force their sons and daughters to give granny a peck on the cheek may be doing them harm, it was claimed yesterday.

For instead of helping a child learn about showing affection, it may blur the boundaries of what is acceptable when it comes to physical contact, according to Lucy Emmerson, co-ordinator of the Sex Education Forum.

She even claims that encouraging a youngster to blow a kiss, high-five or wave to a relative instead will help them avoid future sexual exploitation.

Children need to learn from the start about the importance of consent and that ‘their bodies are their own’, she says.   Read more »

Power, Sex and Len Brown

I have a mate who reckons that tall men always get women, and often as many as they want…especially if they stand on their wallet, their fame or their powerbase.

Catriona McLennan writes in the Herald about exactly this behaviour and that of Len Brown’s.

Powerful, older men caught having affairs with young, non-powerful women invariably say that the matter is a private one between them and their families.

It is not.

The reason is that the men have used their positions to obtain sex from the young women. This happens every day in New Zealand and all over the world.

It is a widespread pattern of behaviour which involves men exploiting women. Were it not for the man’s office, the young woman would not be having sex with him.

The pervasiveness of the behaviour means that it is not isolated and private: it actually constitutes sexual harassment and discrimination.

Pressure on the young woman by the man may sometimes be subtle. At other times, it may be overt. The young woman may receive the message that she will get advancement if she provides sex – or that, if she does not provide sex, she will be denied promotion or punished in other ways.

We are all familiar with powerful men with repeat patterns of behaviour of inviting young women to dinner to “discuss your career”. These men do not give similar invitations to men, or to older women who are new to the workforce.

Look at the legal profession, the business community, the media and other sectors – it is happening everywhere.

What these men are conveying to the young women is that it does not matter how qualified, intelligent or hard-working they are, their advancement remains dependent on providing sex to men.

This has been the case for thousands of years and each new example which becomes public reminds us that the position has not changed.   Read more »

David Cunliffe: Sexist, calls Judith Collins a trout

This is the second time David Cunliffe has been sexist towards to Judith Collins. The first time was on RadioLive and he had to apologise.

The Labour Party’s finance spokesman David Cunliffe has apologised to the National Party’s Judith Collins after saying humans would probably die out if she were the last woman on earth.

He made the comment on Paul Henry’s RadioLive show.

It is a long way from labour’s economic policy.

Invited onto Paul Henry’s radio show, David Cunliffe was asked if he had ever thought about who he would mate with if he and his fellow mps were the last people left on earth, and this was his response.

“I have thought that if Judith Collins was the last woman on earth, the species would probably become extinct.”

Now he has put his sexism and his hatred of Judith Collins into print.

Far be it from me to make the claims. Malcolm Harbrow from No Right Turn is outraged.

It looks like David Cunliffe can’t resist the urge to indulge in sexist abuse. In a column for The Ruminator, he begins:

A couple of months ago I was asked to write a post for the Ruminator and, rather optimistically, I agreed.The original brief was to respond to a post by Judith Collins. My post was going to be about snapper, not trout. But considering that issue, along with Judith’s leadership aspirations, has floundered, I’ll try another hook.

So Judith Collins is a trout. Geddit? Geddit? Read more »

Ways to avoid becoming a sex pest

With all the murk that has been thrown at me and the Palino campaign in an attempt to distract from Len Brown’s personal failings and his dodgy behaviour people have missed several points.

With regards to the affair it was never about the sex…it was always about the power relationship…Len Brown thinks that he can take advantage of a much younger woman, granting her favours regarding references, jobs and then perks including  what can really only be described as “quickie sex”. Never mind the serious code of conduct breaches.

With all the other evidence piling up in the tipline inbox that needs investigating it seems to me that there is a real problem with Len Brown that transcends a simple affair between consenting adults.

The Guardian has an article that applies in every way to the situation that Len Brown finds himself in.

Following an incident in which a female science blogger was called an “urban whore” for not writing a guest post for free, writer and playwright Monica Byrne updated a year-old post detailing an encounter in which she was sexually harassed, with the revelation that the person in question was Bora Zivkovic, Blogs Editor for Scientific American and a figurehead for the science writing community. Zivkovic confirmed that the incident happened, and many people were left confused and shocked.

Except it turns out that what happened to Byrne may not have been an isolated incident. A Scientific American blogger, Hannah Waters, then posted claims about her experiences with Zivkovic. It has been heartbreaking to see the ensuing flood of stories about personal harassment, abuse, and the legacy of trauma and self-doubt that it leaves. At the same time, it is encouraging to see that many people feel they are now able to come forward and talk about their experiences, and that many are trying to reflect on their own attitudes and beliefs, and learn from the mistakes of others.

So how can leaders combat this pernicious culture of sexism and abuse of power?  Read more »