Which century is this?


The surname Beer could well give you a penchant for brewing but it doesn’t guarantee you entry into a home-brew competition:

Rachel Beer, 36, this week tried entering her home brew in a competition at Saturday’s upcoming Lake Hayes A&P Show only to find out it’s a “blokes only” contest.

“Who cares if I have or haven’t got balls?” Beer fumes. “At the end of the day a home brew is a home brew.”

Beer, whose tipple is called ‘Beer’s Beer’, was told by the chief steward she could enter but wouldn’t be judged.

Someone needs to tell the show committee it’s the 21st century.

Hat Tip:Credo Quia Absurdum Est

Still stereotyping after all these years


Women who work in traditionally male professions aren’t seen as being as warm but the effect is neutralised when people find they are mothers or their behaviour is seen as feminine.

In 3 experimental studies, the authors tested the idea that penalties women incur for success in traditionally male areas arise from a perceived deficit in nurturing and socially sensitive communal attributes that is implied by their success . . . . Results indicated that the negativity directed at successful female managers-in ratings of likability, interpersonal hostility, and boss desirability-was mitigated when there was indication that they were communal . . . these penalties were averted when communality was conveyed by role information (motherhood status) or by behaviour (Study 3). These findings support the idea that penalties for women’s success in male domains result from the perceived violation of gender-stereotypic prescriptions.

I wonder how men in these professions are regarded when it comes to warmth?

Do misconceptions based on gender work both ways so men in traditionally female occupations are regarded as weaker in what might be regarded as masculine traits?

If so why we are still gender stereotyping after all these years?

The idea that women in positions of authority are less feminine and men in nurturing roles less masculine is antediluvian.

When men were hunters and women stayed back in the cave to look after the children there were good reasons for differences in masculine and feminine traits.

But now we’re in the 21st century isn’t it time we got over penalising people for perceptions about gender-based character traits and behaviour?


Australia’s most sexist


Australia’s annaul award for outrageous sexism has gone to the outback mayor who pleaded for lovelorn female “ugly ducklings” to reverse a shortage of eligible women in a remote mining town.

Mount Isa Mayor John Malony infuriated women in August with a suggestion that “with five blokes to every girl, may I suggest that beauty-disadvantaged women should proceed to Mount Isa”, in northwest Queensland state.

“I think the message is ever vigilant, ever watchful, keeping people, keeping blokes on their toes and making sure that we name and shame them,” annual Ernies’ award organiser and lawmaker Meredith Burgmann told state radio.

The annual awards have 10 categories and are decided by the level of boos, jeers and stamping of feet at women’s-only event held at the New South Wales state parliament in Sydney.

Malony earned his top golden Ernie award with a defence that “The protesters are blaming me for their looks”.

At the time, the mayor said he was “telling it like it is” in a testosterone-laden town more famous for cowboys and mining lead, silver, copper and zinc than for matchmaking, sitting atop one of the world’s biggest underground mines.

You can read about the placegetters here. But in case it depresses you too much to read to the end it does finish on a positivie note.  

Rugby Union international Brendan Cannon won the yearly Good Ernie “for boys behaving better” after saying: “I don’t want my daughter Phoebe growing up in the country where almost all women will be victims of physical violence or sexual abuse during their lifetimes”.
I hope “almost all” is an overstatement.

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