The front cover of NCE dated 19 November is more appropriate for a little girl's comic than the organ of a professional institution.
Only a female chauvinist would proclaim that the profession would be improved if more members were female. Try reversing the gender!
Despite the innuendo in the article, most men have no problem with equal opportunities. It is evident the magazine wishes to go further, and cajole women into a job which most have shown themselves to be as unsuitable as a male midwife.
It is increasingly being recognised that the political dogma of the last two decades, that men and women are the same, is unscientific and unnatural. Moreover its imposition has been damaging to society and the country's well being.
It is just as harmful (if not more so) to pressurise people into seeking employment for which they are not suitable, as to dissuade them because of sexual stereotype.
Society benefits most when the strengths of each individual are employed to their best advantage, and it is no accident that most caring professions are dominated by women and most inanimate professions are dominated by men.
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