By VennerRoad, 3rd Nov 2017
Shami Chakrabarti is holding a meeting to whine about gender injustice. Her audience will doubtless consist of many privileged women like herself.
Namely, successful, powerful, and let’s face it, not bad looking for her age. So what do such women want? More success and more power. And if they can’t attain it? The Government should pass a law making it so. Her meeting in North London on November 28 will cost you £20 plus booking fee. Her latest book, Of Women: In The 21st Century, will cost you £9.99 on Amazon in kindle or paperback format, but you can sample the flavour of it from the preview and save your money. It is, as might be expected, one long whine about how bad women have it, have always had it. Indeed, it begins “If you had your time again and had your choice, which sex would you choose?”
You know what’s coming next: women have it sooooo bad and always have. She begins with an anecdote from her ancestral homeland where parents, including women, weep when they have daughters rather than sons. Lucky for her she was born in England where a girl might just be her father’s pride and joy. This isn’t a male thing, Shami, it’s a cultural one.
Then we hear about the war on women, sigh, and back in the UK we hear from her Guardian advertorial “The gender pay gap is real”. No it is not, dummy. This myth has been exploded countless times. Chris Evans is paid more than his female colleagues at the BBC because he is “worth” more, it’s as simple as that. Get used to it.
She and her feminist panel will discuss inter alia gender parity in the workplace, and by that they mean for positions of power; they don’t want to see women making up 50% of the most dangerous jobs in Britain, which according to the Independent earlier this year are waste disposal; civil engineer; electrician; plumbing and installation; vehicular maintenance and repair; joining and painting; lorry driving; roofing and scaffolding; construction; farming.
All these professions are male dominated. All of them. Probably around half the drivers on our roads are women, but how many drive lorries? And have you ever even seen a female roofer?
The reality is that there are more men at the top because men are better at it, not all men, men who have that extra: intelligence, drive, innovation, commitment, at times genius. These are all male attributes. Want to do one of their jobs? Welcome to sixty or eighty hour weeks, welcome to stress, welcome to never having to put a foot wrong. This is the downside of the megabucks. This is not to say that there are no women at the very top, but look at them:
J.K. Rowling who along with the legendary Agatha Christie is one of the world’s leading novelists. Music has many talented women from Joni Mitchell and the alluring Candice Night to the American soprano Renée Fleming. But how many are there in business? Oprah Winfrey - the dumbest woman ever to make a billion dollars; Sara Blakely; and precious few others who got there on their own merits.
Where does Shami rank among these? The answer is not very high, although as a lawyer she got where she is on her own merits rather than lying down for Harvey Weinstein. She has a net worth of £1.7 million, and as of September last year when she was elevated to the peerage, she can claim £300 a day for doing nothing, so don’t feel too sorry for her. There is though one woman’s job for which she is not only ineligible but which she would never contemplate taking. Mrs Elizabeth Windsor became Queen of England on February 6, 1952, and at the age of 91 is still serving her country and what remains of her empire, now called the Commonwealth. During that time she has never put a foot wrong, nor whined about anything. That is the other side of what is often viewed as male privilege: service.
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