Excellent mansplaining

I am writing to commend Mr Bayliss on his excellent job of 'mansplaining' to Ms Webster about the self-evident advances in women's rights ('Divisive rubbish', Opinions, April 11).

As we all know, there is nothing women like more than being told by a man how well they have it now in relation to the issue of gender equality.

What with all those maiden names being retained, some of which possibly even belonging to women now sailing the "dizzy heights" of the pay scales and profiles of MPs and corporate CEOs!

The deleteriously divisive dogma of which Ms Webster speaks may well highlight the 17.3 percent disparity in average weekly earnings between men and women (www.wgea.gov.au/sites/default/files/Gender_Pay_Gap_Factsheet.pdf); and the 44.3 per cent difference in superannuation savings (www.wgea.gov.au/sites/default/files/Gender_pay_and_superannuation_gaps_by_age_group.pdf); as well the fact that only 32 per cent of the representatives in the current Australian parliament are women (www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/FlagPost/2016/August/The_gender_composition_of_the_45th_parliament), but fails to acknowledge the simple fact that men have nothing to do with it!

One can only conclude, as Mr Bayliss seems to, that the real culprits behind all this "divisive rubbish" of gender inequality in our country must be the unknown percentage of us who aren't "real women"!

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