Gender diversity

In today’s Australian, Janet Albrechtsen reminds us that efforts to enforce gender quotas and the like are examples of good old rent seeking by a small number of rich elite white women. Do you notice the lack of diversity in organisations such as Chief Executive Women? I doubt any live in the western suburbs of Sydney. As Albrechtsen notes, no one would think of insisting that 50% of all surgeons be female. Yet the Australian Government is now insisting on a quota (sorry, targets) for barristers

The Turnbull government’s new “equitable briefing policy”, released last month by Attorney-General Christian Porter and Minister for Women Kelly O’Dwyer, requires all commonwealth agencies to meet targets — 25 per cent for female silks and 30 per cent for female junior barristers — when awarding legal work. No more asking for the best person.

Targets are the preliminary for of quota – what’s the use of a target if it isn’t monitored, and actions taken to move towards that target?

As for those precious men “male champions of change” – how many are resigning their positions to allow a female to take over? Why is it that they take on such a role only after benefiting from their ‘male privilege’? What do they think their junior male colleagues should do? Not apply for promotions perhaps?

Recently the Thai cave rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach has enthralled the world. All of the scuba divers who rescued the boys were men, selected purely on merit not on quota. Would we have seen such a happy outcome had the gender police been in operation and selected female divers purely by gender rather than merit?

And, finally, how are we to view all of the above in the context of the current review of the UK’s Gender Recognition Act 2004? For it seems that this is to be ‘liberalised’ by making it easier for people to declare their gender. If a person can be any gender, or no gender, it makes a mockery of the concept of gender. I can be Lucius today, Lucia tomorrow and back to Lucius the day after. Perhaps I wish to be referred to as ‘he/him’ on Mondays, ‘she/her’ on Tuesdays and ‘ze/hir’ on Wednesdays.

Perhaps all of this is evidence of the decline of western civilisation – we have moved beyond Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to some state where any fantasy can be entertained.

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51 Responses to Gender diversity

  1. stackja

    Dream becoming a nightmare.

  2. Roger

    As Albrechtsen notes, no one would think of insisting that 50% of all surgeons be female.

    Give it time.

  3. John Barr

    Would be OK if I identify as a butch Lesbian?

  4. JohnA

    However the idea of gender-neutral passports for the UK has been rejected by the High Court

    So a small bit of sanity remains in the West – for now.

  5. H B Bear

    Prof van Wrongselen should be OK with quotas. Based on Teh Dumb yesterday his transition to a media frightbat seems to be going along well.

  6. wal1957

    We have all known situations where people have been promoted to positions above their ability.
    How did that work out?
    Whether male or female or, (heaven help me), other, the results were generally disastrous.

    And so the steady decline of Australia continues. SJW will not be happy, ever.

  7. Up The Workers!

    When all these barking mad Q.W.E.R.T.Y.L.G.B.T.Q.I.S.S.M.A.L.P.A.C.T.U. diversity warriors demand – and get – 50% conservatives on the A.L.P.B.C., then I might sit up and take notice.

    In the meantime, the $1.2 Billion annual embezzlement of taxpayers’ cash continues to operate in utter contravention of its Charter, as a Get-Up propaganda outlet for A.L.P./Brown Movement ding-battery and dribbling loony causes.

    Just as well we have Yoda Guthrie running the joint on her $900,000.00 annual salary.

  8. Alan

    “Give it time” … yes, absolutely.
    In the UK, a female specialist wrote about quotas way back in 1998:
    “But one of the reasons why there are fewer female gynaecologists is that it is a very time-consuming speciality, and you’d be awfully hard pressed to find enough women who’d give all their time and effort to it.”

  9. pbw

    “Gender diversity” has always been about advantages for the minority of women who crave high private sector, public sector or political office. The shocking reality is that most women want families, and most women are focussed on inter-personal activities, as befits the centre and focus of a family. When there will only ever be – at a generous estimate – 20% of women who are as committed to their work as – at a conservative estimate – 80% of men are, calling for equality of outcome is just a way of demanding injustice in the workplace.

  10. MichelLasouris

    Very good piece. Clarified the situation nicely for me,. It should and always will end up being MERIT and nothing else. That of course does not preclude women, if they’re up to the job….

  11. Latest intel from my mole inside the NSW RMS, bolded parts are my emphasis.

    Verbatim these are the words of the NSW RMS CEO, who is a man, under an allegedly conservative government. From a memo released internally this week:

    In the past financial year, we appointed 18 women to senior service roles. Currently 27 per cent of our senior employees are women – that’s an increase of four and a half per cent in two years. While it is good progress, the only acceptable number is 50% and that is what we are working towards by:

    *Rolling out Conscious Inclusion training (!) for senior leaders
    *Pushing for equal participation in leadership programs
    Encouraging women to participate in the cluster Connecting Women Program to connect and support women who aspire to be leaders
    *I have also challenged our hiring manager to ensure there are always women on the shortlist. If there isn’t a woman on the shortlist, they need to go back and try harder.

  12. Cassie of Sydney

    I look forward to the gender quotes being applied to the following occupations…

    Building construction
    Sewer work
    Garbage collectors
    Prison guards

    Somehow I don’t think that we are ever going to see gender parity for the above occupations.

  13. Snoopy

    While it is good progress, the only acceptable number is 50% and that is what we are working towards by:

    Just a wild guess, but I expect that a majority of staff in RMS service centres are female and the CEO has absolutely no interest in ensuring gender balance there.

  14. Ceres

    When Australian pollies need brain surgery (don’t they all?) their surgeon must be a less competent woman who met the female quota. Likewise they must fly with a female Captain not the most meritorious of the applicants, but appointed on the basis of her sex. I’d like to see that.
    Can’t see hospitals risking unnecessary lawsuits when their quota appointed surgeons stuffup, or airlines risking billion $ aircraft because of quotas, all in the name of pc insanity.

  15. Snoopy

    Any efforts at obtaining gender parity in the public service should begin with HR departments. When gender parity is obtained at all classification levels in HR, directors general can turn their minds to other areas of their departments beginning with their own ODG.

  16. And when will the government enforce quotas for occupations such as teaching, where men are significantly under-represented?

    This concept should also be expanded and made mandatory for all jobs where male deaths are over-represented, so that men and women can die equally in such jobs.

    Also, there should be enforced quotas for all jobs where female deaths are low, such that men can also enjoy similar benefits.

    Then we can claim equality of outcome, if that’s what people really want.

  17. RobK

    Gender quotas are sexist.

  18. Michael Bowden

    There are two sexes – male and female plus a small number of unfortunate individuals who, for some physical or psychological reason, are confused. Primary school teachers are overwhelmingly female and they appear to fully support such travesties as ‘safe schools’ and other sex obsessed programs. We certainly need to get a quota for male primary school teachers in the hope that they might have the courage to reject the socialist nonsense puked up by Roz Ward and her lunatic fellow travelers.

  19. Des Deskperson

    I think it useful to bear in mind that many of the advocates of gender quotas themselves work in areas – academia, para academia, the corporate areas of the public sector – where merit isn’t actually all that important.

    Sure, getting the person with the capabilities that best match the requirement of the job is essential in principle, in terms of efficiency and effectiveness as well as fairness. It is particularly important when the job involves taxpayers’ money, as most of these jobs do.

    But for all practical purposes, it doesn’t matter much if the best person for the job of, say, a lecturer in the arts faculty of a Dawkins University – where many of these people seem to work – doesn’t actually get the job. It will still be performed at least adequately – assuming it needs to be performed at all – by a mediocrity of the appropriate gender.

    So you can see where some of these people are coming from.

  20. C.L.

    Do you notice the lack of diversity in organisations such as Chief Executive Women?

    No, because I’ve never heard of it.

  21. Habib

    So the commonwealth will get belted even more in litigation, and fuck up more prosecutions. A whole new world of tax avoidance beckons.

  22. tombell

    The short/medium term effect of this, of course, is that more and more men will simply hate more and more women. This will inevitably lead the ascendant class of privileged white women and their male lackeys to insist on more and more “protection” for women (ie the privileged white women who are part of the club). This is going to end badly…

  23. Tintarella di Luna

    Do you notice the lack of diversity in organisations such as Chief Executive Women?

    No, because I’ve never heard of it.

    For you C.L. the Board

  24. Tintarella di Luna

    Then we can claim equality of outcome, if that’s what people really want.

    No the majority of people don’t want equality of outcome because it is a bad thing — the only ones who do are the ones with the megaphones you know the ones, the totalitarian numbskulls who are all in sinecures and/or with nothing to do except harass and enslave those who just want to get on with their lives

  25. Tim Neilson

    Des Deskperson
    #2760343, posted on July 11, 2018 at 10:34 am

    There’ll also presumably be some elements of “Peter Principle” camouflage, such as the “Flying T” formation, where the nominal rank immediately below the summit is way overstaffed, largely by people who aren’t allowed anywhere near the levers and buttons, but whose presence satisfies at least some of the affirmative action stats.

  26. Mater

    They really have gone to the point of parody.
    Warning: Extreme Language – Not suitable for work (or kids)

    https://youtu.be/s8h-ZzHzTFM

  27. Rococo Liberal

    Do you notice the lack of diversity in organisations such as Chief Executive Women?

    No, because I’ve never heard of it.

    Gold

  28. DaveR

    Repeating the mistakes of the discredited USA Affirmative Action movement of the 1970s all over again.

  29. C.L.

    Thanks, Tint.
    Never heard of any of them but Nicole Sheffield is pretty tidy.

  30. duncanm

    when 50% of workplace deaths and injuries are women, we will have reached equality.

    Its currently running at about 20:1 (> 95% of deaths are men).

  31. duncanm

    I always find it strange that they focus on the top jobs in organisations.

    They never discuss the gender disparity at the start, or in the many years of middling slog to get to the top.

    Are leaders expected to just be able to walk into their positions?

  32. Roberto

    Any efforts at obtaining gender parity in the public service should begin with HR departments. When gender parity is obtained at all classification levels in HR, directors general can turn their minds to other areas of their departments beginning with their own ODG.

    Indeed. But it can never be – most men are too sane to want any sort of HR role.

  33. Cassie of Sydney

    Bit off topic but this is to do with gender and the wars to come…Brendan O’Neill is 100% correct….I hope my link works.

    http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/trans-activism-is-now-just-misogyny-in-drag/21578#.W0VsLpK4E20.email

    Whoopie…I can’t wait for the quotas forcing companies to employ misogynistic bashing trannies.

  34. Cameron

    One of Alinski’s rules is to make them live by their own rules. All any man has to do is to identify as a woman who is a lesbian. That is two intersectional points right there. You can get all of the female privilege as well as still acting like a heterosexual male with respect to your sexual partners. Win win all round.

  35. egg_

    the only acceptable number is 50%

    Sounds like the FIU bridge mob, that worked out well…

  36. Fred

    I think the President of Chief Executive Women needs to change her name. Very homophobic.

    And agree on Nicole Sheffield. I’d like to meet her quota.

  37. Tim Neilson

    Are leaders expected to just be able to walk into their positions?

    Yes.

    It’s a while ago now, but I remember when someone did some research that showed that the proportion of women in Australian Parliaments for each party pretty closely tracked the proportion of rank and file members of that party who were women.

    It was suggested on the basis of that research that there wasn’t anything obviously wrong with the gender balance of preselection processes, and that the way forward for “equality” was for more women to work their way up through the ranks of the parties.

    Feminists were outraged. (At least some of them – obviously I didn’t get to know what all of them thought.) I recall the insistence that women shouldn’t be expected to waste their time with trivial party meetings and hack work in order to be entitled to preselection for safe seats.

  38. Cara

    From now on I will advise my male barrister friend to don my high heels and fishnets and identify as a woman when being briefed. Simples

  39. Carole

    Perhaps Alexander Downer was on to something!!!

  40. jock

    As an aside. I was in supre as my wife and daughter were looking at some clothes. I noticed right at the front they were selling a book; ” body shaming is not on”.

    It made me laugh out so loud that the wife gave me a clip. The shop had no photos of fat or disabled or trans models. They were all young and beautiful. And thin. . The sales people were young and thin. And only girls. The hypocrisy and virtue signalling were huge. No doubt it went way above the idiots that manage supre shops.

  41. Des Deskperson

    ‘Indeed. But it can never be – most men are too sane to want any sort of HR role.’

    HR in the public sector – and ‘learning and development’ in particular – tends to attract ex – some would say, failed- schoolteachers and ex schoolteachers are usually women.

  42. Perhaps Alexander Downer was on to something!!!Perhaps Alexander Downer was on to something!!!

    Perhaps ex-General Morrison was onto something?

  43. HR in the public sector – and ‘learning and development’ in particular – tends to attract ex – some would say, failed- schoolteachers and ex schoolteachers are usually women.

    Whaddya mean “in the public sector”!?

    These muppets infect profitable corps. as well.

  44. The Spanish Miss Universe entrant is a transgender woman. Now that is real gender diversity. Additionally, it also proves that men are better at being a woman than a real woman is! Ha Ha!

  45. The Spanish Miss Universe entrant is a transgender woman. Now that is real gender diversity. Additionally, it also proves that men are better at being a woman than a real woman is! Ha Ha!

    And interesting observation. That and the ‘Lady Boys’ of Thailand (I think) that look better than most feminists, the drag queens that look better than the typical feminist and all the other males taking over the place of women.

    Guess what? Men rule!

  46. And I forgot to mention the male runners identifying as women and beating the women in track and field, and the male wrestlers identifying as women beating women on the wrestling matt.

  47. davo

    i recently read that the qld public service has 65% females and 35% males…but recruitment in the agencies with fewer women is still to recruit more women.

    I am yet to see a ‘lets recruit men’ call…even though education is 70-95% female teachers depending on the age groups in state schools. Yep, ‘girl power’

  48. Squirrel

    I don’t care what the social engineers say, I reckon blokes make the best baristas.

    “male champions of change” – oh dear, let’s spice it up with a bit of the multicultural and call them Sherpas of Equality, or something like that.

  49. struth

    Social engineering based on race, sex, age etc should be a crime.

    Including or excluding, hiring or firing based on genitalia, race or age, and not merit should be outlawed.

    It is the very same socialist sickness Hitler had.
    No different.
    This insanity must be fought hard.
    It is insane.
    It needs to be confronted and fought.

  50. Robber Baron

    It’s like awarding 10% of government contracts of Aboriginal firms…what could possibly go wrong.

  51. GD

    As Albrechtsen notes, no one would think of insisting that 50% of all surgeons be female.

    Or cave divers.

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