A quiet revolution


Mad Men

Before I start, do you have any idea how hard it is to find a photo of only men in an office workplace environment? No matter how hard I tried there were virtually none. I could find the occasional photo of just two men together in an office, but more than that was impossible. I had to resort to a photo from Mad Men which, as you may know, was a drama series about the New York advertising scene in the 1960s. That is the closest I could get.

It is important that I ensure the anonymity of the legal firm that I am about to tell you about before I tell you this story because, as you will see, they could definitely get into trouble for their latest policy. That is how stupid things are these days.

A certain legal firm in Wellington (no names, no pack drill) has a deliberate policy of employing males. While they are not allowed to specify their requirements in their advertising or probably even in the brief to their human resources consultant, they have decided, for now at least, to employ only men when a position becomes vacant within the firm.

The reasoning is very simple. The legal profession, along with accounting and other office-based professions, now has more women members than men in their professional body. It makes a lot of sense really, as these professions work well for women who may want to take time off to have children at some point in their careers. The end result of this has been that, over the last twenty years or so, far more women than men have been employed in these firms and a gender imbalance has been struck.

In the majority of these firms, most of the partners are still men. That is changing slowly but, even today, men outnumber women at the top level in most accounting and legal firms. It is, however, a very different story at lower levels within these firms.

So much so that, until recently, almost any accounting or legal firm would have over 80% female employees but 100% male partners or directors. As I said, this is changing but with some firms it is still true.

The decision to actively employ more men was made in the search for gender balance within the firm, and nothing else. When there is a good mix of men and women in the workplace a better balance on all sorts of issues is achieved.

The really amusing thing is that the majority of women in the workplace support the policy; they agree that having too many women in an office can distort the workplace dynamics, and everyone works better when there is a good mix.

It is so obvious that no one should have to say it but, in this politically correct virtue-signalling world no one is allowed to say anything like this. Even worse, absolutely no one is allowed to act upon it. You can be in big trouble if you do.

Much as I would like to be able to tell you the name of the firm and shout out loud about what they are doing for genuine equality in the workplace, I cannot do that. They would be in breach of all sorts of rules and at risk of being harangued by the Human Rights Commission, which believes men have no rights, or the Minister for Women, who believes the same thing.

Does this mean there is hope at last? Or, is this just a tiny beacon in a never-ending sea of stupidity? Most feminists don’t want to see equality in the workplace. They want to see men driven out altogether, but most normal women don’t want that. Most women like working with men. Most men like working with women. That is just part of being in the civilised world. That is what this article is all about.