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Quinky

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Re: Equality Issues
« Reply #45 on: Thursday 29-Aug-2019, 13:09* »
The difficulty with taking a snapshot is that it's only relative at that point in time. Too many Daves as CEOs? How many should there be? The most popular boy's name in England is (apparently) Mohammed - should there be more Mo's than Daves as CEOs? Or should we look at how they work as opposed to what their parents called them?

I don't buy into the whole "people hire others who look like them". That's been said in my industry, where the claim is there are "too many" male directors (yes, that again), although the industry is over 70% female. Funny old clones these men have been hiring.

What I take from your quote about Freakonomics is that women are being offered jobs as CEOs. The question is, do they accept those jobs? If they don't and a man subsequently gets offered the job and takes it, that rather tips the whole "bias" argument on its head.

I can't think of any British Asian (what exactly does that mean?) player in a premier league team. I would suggest that there are a disproportionate number of British Asians working as doctors, dentists, solicitors etc. Now, my own tale on this from school days is that whilst the rest of us kids were messing around, couldn't wait to get out of school ad hang around with our mates, man of the Asian kids went home and their parents had them working hard on schoolwork. The reason explained to me was that the parents came to the UK and did low paid, less pleasant jobs, and they wanted better for their kids. And how it worked!Most of the Asian kids at my school went into well paid, professional careers, and good luck to them. However, if this situation were reversed, I imagine it would be deemed as evidence that Asian kids had less opportunities.

Maro Itoje is an interesting example. I'd say he could also have been a great decathlete, or maybe chef, or maybe accountant, or surgeon, or panel beater - but he chose rugby, and only he knows why. Maro is a strong character and a phenomenal athlete - I sense he'd have taken up rowing if he'd wanted to.  Matt Pinsent also played rugby I believe, at Marlow RFC. By all accounts he was a pretty useful number 8.

I was at a school with a few athletes who achieved great things in their chosen sports. One was a hammer thrower. I never had the opportunity to throw the hammer. Or rather, I never had it presented to me on a plate, but then I also didn't go out to find the opportunity. I didn't want to - that's all that stopped me trying. Of all the people I ever knew, only one threw the hammer. How would statistics portray that?

 

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