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Are there ‘pink ghettos’ in Canberra?

By Hank - 7 March 2012 34

I have been reading an interesting article regarding ‘pink ghettos’.

IT’S the latest form of gender imbalance in the workplace – highly feminised industries dominated by gangs of women and branded “pink ghettos”.

I wonder if anyone wants to share their stories regarding this issue.

What’s Your opinion?


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Are there ‘pink ghettos’ in Canberra?
EvanJames 4:48 pm 07 Mar 12

harvyk1 said :

The thing I’ve noticed with recruitment is that not only is it mainly women, but more frequently than not, they are very attractive women. I spent 2.5 years working for a recruitment company in an IT support role, so I saw them come and go only to be replaced with a virtual clone…

Very true, I hadn’t noted that, but you’re right. There was one mob in town, I couldn’t tell the difference between them, they were all 20-something, about 6 foot tall, very slim, long hair like in hair ads, with very high-heeled shoes and short skirts. Darndest thing I ever saw, I wondered if maybe it was a uniform or soemthing.

The sons of the owner worked there too, talk about a dream job.

harvyk1 4:37 pm 07 Mar 12

EvanJames said :

I think recruitment often has a preponderance of women, but not as markedly as Health.

The thing I’ve noticed with recruitment is that not only is it mainly women, but more frequently than not, they are very attractive women. I spent 2.5 years working for a recruitment company in an IT support role, so I saw them come and go only to be replaced with a virtual clone…

Made going to work good with all the eye candy… 🙂

EvanJames 4:36 pm 07 Mar 12

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

I, for one, would LOVE to work in a pink ghetto!

You really don’t. You’ll choke to death from all the bloody perfume, for one thing. I’m not kidding.

then, there’s the fun thing where women, even if they have partners, are still the ones to take time off to mind children. Or worse, they bring them to work with them. For days at a time. Often more than one child.

Then there’s the Arms Race Morning Teas (love that term). You just don’t see that in non-feminised work areas.

And, meetings. They go on for ever, there’s no proper agenda or outcomes, and they all laugh constantly while they’re talking. WTF is with that? No one ever says anything remotely funny.

And don’t dare try to move your own computer/furniture or adjust your lights or furniture. It’s like someone’s lobbed a fox into a henhouse, and then they start sending official emails about it. I wish they’d stop trying to fix the printer by repeatedly smashing the drawers closed. Maybe I should send emails about it.

I need a new job.

harvyk1 4:32 pm 07 Mar 12

There will always be areas of work which attract one gender over another, what I think should not be done is giving a free pass into an area simply because an applicant is not of the typical gender who chooses to work in that area. (This goes both ways).

As for news.com.au, they are infotainment. I’ve lost count of the number of inaccuracies I’ve seen in story’s about subjects I know well (so I’d hate to see how many inaccuracies there are in stories where I don’t know the subject matter), it’s also amusing that stories often gets changed as someone has picked up inaccuracies and thus they pretend that they never got it wrong, so as a result I take everything I read from them with a massive grain of salt, as god knows if what I am reading with them is even close to accurate.

Of course the comments section is where the real gold is, full of bogans with little grasp on reality… 🙂

neanderthalsis 4:32 pm 07 Mar 12

The Prime Ministers Office, Government House, Craig Thompson’s office (although whether it went onto the union credit card remains undetermined)…

EvanJames 4:29 pm 07 Mar 12

Health. I never really noticed over most of my working years, most workplaces (white collar) were pretty even and you didn’t tend to think of it, but in Health, it’s women everywhere. Most areas of health I’ve been in, men are the exception, and often clustered in IT areas. Or management! In doctoring, oddly enough, it’s moving to an even split (more men in the older ranks). nursing is still heavily feminised, of course. But health admin, it’s WOMEN.

I think recruitment often has a preponderance of women, but not as markedly as Health.

poetix 4:07 pm 07 Mar 12

G-Fresh said :

Positive Discrimination = oxymoron

Oxy moron = a very stupid welder

Erg0 4:01 pm 07 Mar 12

I can think of more than a few industries (e.g. nursing, early childhood education) that have been dominated by women for decades. Reading the article, though, it’s clear that by “workplaces” they actually mean “corporate offices”.

G-Fresh 3:54 pm 07 Mar 12

Positive Discrimination = oxymoron

shirty_bear 3:48 pm 07 Mar 12

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

I, for one, would LOVE to work in a pink ghetto!

It’s in danger of becoming my favourite euphemism.

When does the affirmative action to get blokes into these workplaces start?

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 3:41 pm 07 Mar 12

I, for one, would LOVE to work in a pink ghetto!

p1 3:37 pm 07 Mar 12

…highly feminised industries dominated by gangs of women…

How can a highly feminised industry be anything *but* dominated by women? Or is the important part that they roam in Gangs?

Having worked in DoHA, I can say that the percentage of females is higher then other departments, and sometimes you get areas totally inhabited by them, but it has never seemed weird to me.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 3:26 pm 07 Mar 12

The pendulum swings… Some roles attract certain types of person.

Solidarity 3:20 pm 07 Mar 12

Ah news.com.au. It’s like the Today Tonight of online news.

Holden Caulfield 3:15 pm 07 Mar 12

Yeah, it’s called the APS. 😉

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