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Where Have All The Forumites Gone?


Bing.alau
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This forum certainly goes very quiet between Friday nights' Postcard Puzzle and the rest of the week. Where does everybody pop off to? Maybe we should get Brumas to put a second edition on Mondays or Tuesdays?

Are we running out of subjects to natter about?

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exdragon

I think our shared experience of the forum over a number of years tells us that males are pretty good when it comes to taking offence at the drop of a hat.

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fourm member

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FE

'I found it was - for me - a complete waste of time.'

That, of course, is a perfectly valid point of view. I was just saying that there is more to Twitter than 'the appeal of reading about the minutiae of a complete stranger's life'.

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john bunyan

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exdragon

I wish there were many more like you, here. (Female, I mean) Throughout my career I tried my best to recruit and promote suitably qualified females, and only wish that there were more balanced numbers here, the Church (Bishops etc), Judges. MP's etc. Thank goodness I have 3 grand daughters, all doing well!I am not anti male, I just think it is unjust and unbalanced to have "us" in most senior positions unless there are good reasons.(Eg Special Forces, Infantry etc where the sheer weight etc of equipment , coupled with a wish not to set lower physical standards , makes it difficult or even impossible.)

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john bunyan

We have quite a few females regularly accessing the forum, and some of them post. You wouldn't know it from their usernames, but I know who they are.

Once upon a time we had a long-running debate about what appeals to women as far as web forums go, and computer sites didn't come that high on the list.

As the father of daughters I agree with you about the need for a balance of the sexes in all areas of public and commercial life. It's happening, but it's slow. One of my daughters is the sales manager of an international financial services company, specialising in finance for industry, but she's had a hard time getting there. She says she has had to work much harder than her male colleagues would have done to get the promotions along the way.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Also a father of daughter who have struggled to climb the ladder.

There still seems to be a lot of jobs out there that are seen as male or female only

Interviewing a few of years ago for apprentices in an engineering works only one female applicant out of nearly a thousand - she did make it to the interview stage.

Look at the number of shop worker / bank clerks (counter assistants) most are female.

Had two female bosses (not counting the one at home), one was the worst manager I have ever seen and the other made me redundant :0)

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john bunyan

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

"...and the other made me redundant :0)". At least it was not the "one at home" who did that! I have 2 daughters, both doing well . One works 4 days a week for Comic Relief - has done for years- but it is a struggle for her with twins of 2 years old!

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wiz-king

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I agree with Quickbeam - I have noticed a trend away from the blogs and forums that I am a member of both here and in South Africa. One blog site used to have 4 or 5 new posts per day with dozens of reply posts but now has not had apost since November.

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Bing.alau

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I have a lot of grand-daughters and great grand-daughters, some are more capable than others at whatever they try their hand/s at. I have great hopes for their futures, but already a couple of them are showing signs of not being interested in anything other than themselves. Thankfully the others are trying hard to succeed in their chosen jobs.

I have been pleasantly surprised over recent years to come across female garage mechanics, and a lady plumber who is in great demand. but I have never seen any actually doing the type of jobs the female labourers do in places such as China. I think the ones who choose to go in to business on their own are probably the most successful.

In the armed forces of course they are now getting a good deal in the equality stakes in fact they are probably better off than the males. But as jb says some of the aspects of forces life are probably too strenuous for the majority of them. Although women are probably better suited to parachuting you don't get many if any in the Parachute regiment. But women pilots are just as good as men and I am delighted for them.

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Woolwell

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The gender barrier can work against men too. There are few male primary school teachers, almost nil male doctor/dentist receptionists or practice managers. Some years ago I tried to get an admin job but found that most of the jobs I was seeking were filled by women aged over 40. At a temp agency the female receptionist clearly did not believe that a man over 50 could touch type or be any good at word processing.

It is about time that we had better gender equality.

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