I try really hard not to use gendered insults, but I think it is apropos in this case. Alasdair Thompson is a dick.
Because, ah, you know, once a month they have sick problems. Not all women, but some do. They have children that they have to take time off to go home and take leave of.
In fact, the interview could fill an bingo card. “”The two highest paid lawyers in my firm are women.” (Some of my best friends are black!) “Nanny state”, “Men and women are different”. “It sounds like I am sexist, but I am not”.
Here’s the thing Alasdair, I’ve never once, in nearly 20 years of menstruating, taken a day off work because of it. I am childless, so I don’t have child care issues. And I am probably lucky enough to not get paid less than my male colleagues. But that doesn’t hide the fact that there is a pay gap of about 11 percent in this country. It doesn’t hide the fact that this goverment isn’t doing anything about it.
I did an informal, not at all scientific, completely bogus, poll on Twitter. (Actually, maybe that’s where you go, Mr Thompson, to get your stistitstics?) Most of the women agreed with me, that they’ve never taken a day off. A couple pointed out that for some women, their periods are actually quite debilitating. But even if they are, even if some chick just decides she wants to stay in bed with a hot water bottle on her back, because the cramps hurt, who cares? Isn’t that what sick leave is for? And if she is productive the other 30 days of the month, why is she being penalised for those days as well? As for childcare issues, yeah, more men should step up, maybe. But should a woman be penalised in her hourly rate because of that? And do no men in your world take parental responsibility? Is there no such thing as “man flu”?
There are real, serious, important issues involved in addressing the age gap, and yes, some of them involve our genitals. Women do take time out of the workforce to have children. But would you rather we didn’t? There are real, serious, important issues, and systemic inequalities that need to be addressed. And they are not being.
And when you dismiss the issue, when you pretend it boils down to us women and our oogie bleeding once a month, you are part of the problem. And you represent the fucking employers. You should be finding ways to close the paygap, not ways to avoid thinking about it.
But hey, I am probably just PMSing. You can ignore me.