My thanks to a much-loved relative of the female persuasion, who text messaged me at 8:38 this evening with this:
Radio 4 right now – preference theory and gender equality – great woman saying what you say all the time.
I only read the message 30 minutes ago, and quickly discovered that she was referring to the programme Glass Half Full, the episode is, ‘Gender equality is within reach’. It’s on iPlayer (only available to long-suffering BBC licence payers) here, and starts at 2:02.
The description on iPlayer, with names in bold text:
Is ingrained negativity preventing us from seeing that full gender equality is just around the corner?
In a debate recorded in front of an audience at the Women of the World festival at the Southbank Centre, Fi Glover examines the thoughts of pessimists and optimists. She asks not only what they think about gender equality, but also how their views are informed by their contrasting mindsets. Where does their optimism or pessimism come from?
We have made extraordinary strides towards gender equality – the pay gap is shrinking, female representation in parliament and in business is growing and, all over the world, legislation is coming into force that safeguards women’s rights. These are the views of optimist and best-selling sociologist Dr Michael Kimmel. [feminist]
On the other hand, violence against women is on the rise in the UK, men still dominate politics and the judiciary and there are still more CEOs called John leading FTSE 100 companies than women! [Nurse, please bring my headache pills.] Historian Hannah Dawson brings us back down to earth.
Three expert witnesses are called to give evidence – MP Harriet Harman [feminist], best-selling Turkish author Elif Shafak [feminist], and sociologist Catherine Hakim.
[Why is Hakim not accorded the ‘Dr.’ title accorded to Michael Kimmel? Why are all three ‘expert witnesses’ women? Why is the only man to speak – Kimmel – a feminist? The feminist and anti-male bias here is extraordinary, even by BBC standards.]
The pessimist and the optimist cross-examine the witnesses and, to conclude, the audience votes. Is the glass half empty or half full?
A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.
The ‘great woman’ of my text message was of course Dr Catherine Hakim, the renowned sociologist and developer of Preference Theory (2000), in which she showed that while four in seven British men are work-centred, only one in four British women is. The implications of this finding are enormous and far-reaching, and Polonium 210 to feminists. They are accordingly utterly ignored by the government, and very rarely mentioned on the BBC (or indeed, anywhere in the mainstream media).
Not only is Dr Hakim considerably outnumbered by feminist opponents, she is the last to be given the opportunity to speak, at 31:51, about two-thirds of the way through the programme. But she puts in a predictably impressive performance.
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