"Sexist" Career Counseling Banned in the UK

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The British government is going to outlaw "sexist" career advice, like encouraging girls to go into hairdressing. The new Education Bill, reports the Telegraph, is supposed to attempt to bring some equality to the kinds of jobs young women and men are encouraged to explore. Ed Balls [Heh, heh. -Ed.], Secretary of Children, Schools and Families says: "I want more young women being encouraged and supported to have a career in engineering and more young men being encouraged to have a career in child care. It won't suit everyone but it's important to consider all the options." Of course, the highest wages are in the male-dominated fields. (There's a 40% wage gap between male and female trainees, sigh.) When it comes to vocational exams, it's clear where the gender differences lay: Almost 8,000 male students took engineering last year — compared with 350 females; while 4,500 female pupils studied health and social care, compared with 350 males.


Says Buckingham University's professor Alan Smithers, "It is certainly important that boys and girls should not be put off things that they like and are good at for stereotypical reasons. However, it is also important to accept that boys and girls are different and many will choose to live their lives differently." Well, duh.

But while more and more women getting into engineering sounds great and very possible; waves of men choosing child care seems rather unlikely. Or is that just sexist? (And what ever happened to the manny?) But seriously, can the government force women to consider higher-paying fields? And if not, then who can?


Schools Ordered To Ditch 'Sexist' Career Advice [Telegraph]
Earlier: When Mannies Attack

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@LaNera: Not to quibble, but stockbrokers make more money for teachers because stockbrokers exist to make money for a company and they get a cut of that. Teachers either work for the government or a nonprofit private school.

I think we also need to teach women to make money for themselves. A lot of men steer clear of low-paying jobs because they won't be able to feed a family on what, say, a teacher makes. Women can more easily choose a low-paying job because they expect to have a husband making more or at least the same to contribute to the family pot.

Or maybe we need to teach our men that they can be teachers and then go find themselves a sugarmomma stockbroker.