Ladybird books guide to feminism: Part Two

Continuing the guide from yesterday.

 

Everyday sexism

In the olden days, sexism was part of everyday life. Men made jokes about their mothers-in-law and they wolf-whistled at the secretaries as they walked past in the office.

Nowadays, laptops have replaced the secretaries and laptops do not respond well to wolf-whistling.

Lots of people’s bosses are, in fact, women and whistling has proved disastrous during appraisals and during company meetings.

 

Women are under-represented

Modern Feminists say that women should be represented at all levels of society on equal terms with men.

They have almost succeeded. Each year, 100,000 more young women go to university than men. Women in their 20s earn more than their male peers. Feminists rightly say that more should be done.

Feminists may turn their attention to the last bastions of male over-representation: the prison population, being killed on battlefields, working on bin lorries and the selling of illegal drugs on the streets.

Women demand to have equal representation at all levels of society

 

 

What’s in a name?

After a long and historic battle, Feminists have managed to change the way we speak.

We no longer use the words chairman, fireman or history. We quite rightly say chairperson, person-of-fire-fighting and Mstory.

The change in the words that we use reflects our modern ways. Soon we will also change the words taxman, hangman, mandatory and semen. Manholes will soon be known simply as ‘holes’.

We are now careful to use the right words and not make mistakes.

 

Continued tomorrow.

Read the full article here.

© Josh Hampton, 14th May 2016


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