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Peter Clawson’s column: No-one is superior

Peter Clawson.
Peter Clawson.

Ok, all you raging feminists and misogynists at either end of the gender spectrum, you’ve been asking for it for long enough.

Now you are going to get it. The truth that is!

Don’t pretend it comes as a great shock to you to learn that men and women are as much alike as they are different. Not just in the obvious way, but also in almost every other aspect.

But don’t get me wrong. Despite, what extremists might believe, neither gender is totally superior and they should both be treated accordingly. Let me make myself clear before we go any further and I get tarred and feathered and hounded out of town by either side. If women do the same jobs as men under the same conditions and with similar responsibilities, they should receive equal pay.

As far as human rights are concerned, they should be the same for both sexes, as well as all other entitlements fought for over the years so courageously by the heroic suffragettes and other campaigners.

However, when the differences do not add up to equality such as say, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships, I do not agree that the prize money should be the same. Simply because women only play the best of three sets, while their male counterparts face the best of five.

The same applies in other jobs and sports where the girls’ participation is not as arduous, nor does it produce equal profits or results.

I don’t believe in ‘token’ women as leaders of international or any other businesses or walks of life such as politics and so on. But if a woman proves good enough, then she should be given the same opportunities as men, even in careers and communities, which down the centuries, have become known as ‘a man’s world’.

Otherwise how are we going to be sure we get the best person for any job?


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