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Old 16th Aug 2005, 10:54   #1
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I reproduce the article, from today's Media Guardian, in its entirety, for the benefit of those who don't wish to register.

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Buerk claims victory for women in the battle of the sexes

Claire Cozens and agencies
Tuesday August 16, 2005


BBC newsreader Michael Buerk has risked provoking the ire of his bosses by claiming that that the "shift in the balance of power between the sexes" has gone too far, and men are now little more than "sperm donors".
Buerk cited women in the top jobs in BBC broadcasting as an example, saying "these are the people who decide what we see and hear", and said society needs to admit there is a problem.

"Life is now being lived in according to women's rules", he told the Radio Times. "The traits that have traditionally been associated with men - reticence, stoicism, single-mindedness - have been marginalised.

"The result is that men are becoming more like women. Look at the men who are being held up as sporting icons - David Beckham and, God forbid, Tim Henman."

The former Nine O'Clock News presenter, who now reads the news on BBC World, said some changes have been for the good, but asked: "What are the men left with?"

"Men gauge themselves in terms of their career, but many of those have disappeared. All they are is sperm donors, and most women aren't going to want an unemployable sperm donor loafing around and making the house look untidy. They are choosing not to have a male in the household."

Buerk, whose views will also be screened in a Five series on personal hobbyhorses, Don't Get Me Started!, this week, said that when he started making the programme he "came across what I considered a very personal example of the changes that have taken place". "Almost all the big jobs in broadcasting were held by women - the controllers of BBC1 television and Radio 4 for example. These are the people who decide what we see and hear."

The BBC1 controller, Lorraine Heggessey, has since left the BBC and been replaced by a man, Peter Fincham, while Radio 4 is still run by Janice Hadlow.

Recently one of the BBC's most influential former director generals, Alasdair Milne, sparked a furious response when he accused the corporation of producing "terrible" programmes and laid the blame on the domination of women executives.
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Old 16th Aug 2005, 10:57   #2
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Does he have a book coming out or something? Or is it just BBC policy that their newscasters, once shifted off the main bulletins, have to make barking pronouncements so nobody wants them back? (See also Martyn Lewis's call for 'more good news.')
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Or maybe he's just been dumped!
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In the Radio Times for next week, particular attention is focused on this in relation to a new TV programme Bring Your Man to Heel, where dog-training techniques are used to get men to come around from curmudgeonly and slightly neanderthal behaviour. A complaint (not necessarily Buerk's) is that if this was Woman in the title, it would never make it past the idea jotted down on bog-roll stage.
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Euch! It sounds like something the Absolute Power team might have a hand in, doesn't it?

I dislike the idea that equality has to be all about women behaving in a more 'masculine' way, or men 'getting in touch with their feminine side'.

See also the current BBC3 thing (which I've only seen the trailers for) The Week the Women Went; although the trailer does amusingly turn around the awful 'Don't expect any help on a Thursday' advert.

More mutual respect and a recognition that all individuals are made up of differing levels of both 'masculine' and 'feminine' qualities would help, instead of assuming that, for example, the way to address men's domination of women is to allow women to dominate men. Nobody should be doing that to anybody, for crying out loud!
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Yes, I can never understand why people can't get to grips with the fact that everyone is different and just let others get on with being themselves, doing the jobs that they find fulfilling etc etc.
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Go on Buerk, ha ha ha.
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I've just watched a BBC 24 News interview with the two news presenters (one man, one woman) a freelance journalist (simpering jowelly right on lefty) and ZOE WILLIAMS (hate hate hate) from the Guardian

They were discussing Buerks comments in ever so sniffy superior terms. 'The idea that either sex is better at anything than the other is simply nonsense', 'Ridiculous', 'Simply untrue', 'I don't know of any proof to the effect'. While giggling to each other like a gaggle Bloomsbury Set inbreds. Wake up and smell the research Zoe.

Zoe relented for a moment, 'Even if there was a difference....'

Swiftly interrupted by Jowelly mincer: 'Of course there's no difference'

You tell em.

Zoe Williams =

A brief search on Google throws up things like this:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/life/news/...937443,00.html (From Zoe's very own Guardian)

and this:
http://www.newhorizons.org/neuro/dia...ale_female.htm

Besides, we all know that men and women are different, why don't they?
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I just saw that too. So that's Zoe Williams, eh? Blimey, how irritating.
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What's nature/nurture at currently? 50/50? I lose track. The notion that men and women aren't different is self-evidently ludicrous.
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