Skip to content Skip to main navigation

Lifestyle

We mean business
Contact us today to get results

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?


Please login to post your comments, or connect with
34 Responses to
Are there ‘pink ghettos’ in Canberra?
Filter
Showing only Website comments
Order
Newest to Oldest
Oldest to Newst
EvanJames 2:25 pm 04 Apr 12

Then there’s the meetings where they bring food, I worked in a place like that. So all this “sinful” (blah blah blah) food, and what idiot thought of having food at a meeting? Everyone is talking with their mouths full! It’s just a social event, there’s no outcomes to the meeting, and they go for ever.

I’d rather be checking the internet and pretending to work.

Spykler 9:47 pm 10 Mar 12

Thank God I am not alone…I have never identified with a post on RA more than this one..Last week I was subjected to 3 morning teas, an afternoon tea to ‘welcome’ a new team member, a bonding lunch and interminable meetings that are scheduled to run for an hour but only ever get started at the 45 minute mark and usually hit the 2 hour mark without breaking a sweat..The last section I worked in was 95% males…I think I can recall maybe half a dozen team meetings in a year..and that was fine thanks.

Watson 8:33 pm 10 Mar 12

dundle said :

Um, what? Most industries are dominated by men and male behaviour. Since when were they called the blue ghetto? So because it’s unusual to have more females than males (or even equal), people need offensive terms?

+1

I once worked in a department where on our floor I was one of only two women. And you know what I still miss about that? Having a toilet to myself! We actually had 3 toilets for the two of us.

So if you don’t like sharing a toilet with dozens of others, try to score a job in an area dominated by the opposite sex.

Or don’t, who cares anyway… I really don’t notice much of a difference between working with men or working with women myself.

dundle 3:38 pm 10 Mar 12

Um, what? Most industries are dominated by men and male behaviour. Since when were they called the blue ghetto? So because it’s unusual to have more females than males (or even equal), people need offensive terms?

Pandy 6:27 am 09 Mar 12

Female GMs

I don’t care if woman break through the class ceiling too.

As long as they clean it on the way up.

Bramina 10:49 pm 08 Mar 12

shadow boxer said :

Can we have that discussion at the end of the meeting so some of us can go back to work and check the internet.

So true.

Watson 3:32 pm 08 Mar 12

Erg0 said :

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”.

Great point! Though of course you know that nursing, child care and teaching isn’t proper work, right?

astrojax 2:05 pm 08 Mar 12

aps? ha! c’mon, get real – daycare workers, teaching, nursing [especially midwifery]… 😉

shadow boxer 12:44 pm 08 Mar 12

EvanJames said :

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.

I’m hearing you brother……

The meetings, for gods sake can we just start.

I dont need 10 minutes to catch up on everyones overseas travel anecdotes, weekend or last nights dinner. Can we have that discussion at the end of the meeting so some of us can go back to work and check the internet.

EvanJames 12:35 pm 08 Mar 12

steveu said :

DHS. Sisterhood rife there. Pendulum has swung way too far from what I have heard.

Trouble is, “the sisterhood” isn’t really a proper sisterhood. Tehy’re like hens, and to any hens that aren’t part of their group, the beaks are out.

There’s an Arms Race Morning Tea going on right now! Right outside my office. They’re all talking and laughing, and for the purposes of research I listened to each statement for amusement value, nothing. Even a fan of bad US sitcoms would be waiting for the funny bit.

The earlier statement about the ARC was illuminating. Explains rather a lot. And a good warning not to ever apply there.

As I said before, I never noticed these issues in previous organisations which were not particularly male or female, but had a good balance… you need to balance the types, too. I worked in one place where they did the introverts/extroverts people-focussed/task-focussed split, and even the task-focussed extroverts were annoyed by the peopel-focussed extroverts.

and we 5 introverts huddled in the corner and looked out nervously at the horde of extroverts, clacking away like crows. All the males in the office were in that corner.

steveu 12:11 pm 08 Mar 12

DHS. Sisterhood rife there. Pendulum has swung way too far from what I have heard.

madamcholet 8:44 am 08 Mar 12

LSWCHP said :

madamcholet said :

Didn’t read the article as like many others I can’t abide news.com.au, however I think I understand just from the title.

As a woman working in a small office that for a period of time was becoming female dominated I have to say that I would rather the balance was slightly higher in favour of men. That’s not for the eye candy reason that men would state, but because I just don’t quite fit in with what seems to become the collective female mind-set when you get a few of them in an office.

I tend to keep my own counsel and detest the cliquey-ness that seems to happen – patterns of which can shift overnight. I hate the whole cake for everything idea that seems to go with the territory, painful morning tea’s and the whole “let’s organise everything and include everyone so we can make a group decision” mentality. Ask my husband. I hate it.

Apologies to my female compatriots.

Ha ha ha…spot on.

My wife has until recently worked in an almost entirely female APS office, and she hated it, to the point of nervous breakdown. The politics, as she described them, were appalling, even deranged from my point of view. And the continual bloody morning teas. The stress at 11pm of “I have to bake something for morning tea tomorrow” etc etc.

I’d like to talk to your husband so we could compare notes, because it just about drove me bonkers too, and I only had to listen to her talking about it.

I recently attended a conference outside my usual line of work that was attended by about 95% females. The whole vibe was completely unlike anything I’d ever experienced in the patriarchal world that I usually inhabit.

I believe that all male environments, like all female environments, can become unhealthy in different ways. We should celebrate our differences and work together, using the differences and similarities to our best advantage.

Glad it’s not all in my mind. We have had a few casualties in our office – a female GM who was never going to win over the “group”, and others who can’t hack it – not one male has left tho’. I tend to sit back and watch and wait these days. What you find is that the marauding group does not play a very strategic game as they are so self-interested.

Have a word in the right ear and watch the show unfold is how I now handle it.

LSWCHP 11:54 pm 07 Mar 12

madamcholet said :

Didn’t read the article as like many others I can’t abide news.com.au, however I think I understand just from the title.

As a woman working in a small office that for a period of time was becoming female dominated I have to say that I would rather the balance was slightly higher in favour of men. That’s not for the eye candy reason that men would state, but because I just don’t quite fit in with what seems to become the collective female mind-set when you get a few of them in an office.

I tend to keep my own counsel and detest the cliquey-ness that seems to happen – patterns of which can shift overnight. I hate the whole cake for everything idea that seems to go with the territory, painful morning tea’s and the whole “let’s organise everything and include everyone so we can make a group decision” mentality. Ask my husband. I hate it.

Apologies to my female compatriots.

Ha ha ha…spot on.

My wife has until recently worked in an almost entirely female APS office, and she hated it, to the point of nervous breakdown. The politics, as she described them, were appalling, even deranged from my point of view. And the continual bloody morning teas. The stress at 11pm of “I have to bake something for morning tea tomorrow” etc etc.

I’d like to talk to your husband so we could compare notes, because it just about drove me bonkers too, and I only had to listen to her talking about it.

I recently attended a conference outside my usual line of work that was attended by about 95% females. The whole vibe was completely unlike anything I’d ever experienced in the patriarchal world that I usually inhabit.

I believe that all male environments, like all female environments, can become unhealthy in different ways. We should celebrate our differences and work together, using the differences and similarities to our best advantage.

DanielK 11:15 pm 07 Mar 12

I understand that the Australian Research Council has a particularly venomous pink ghetto gang leading the outfit, however I’ve seen it come and go in other departments. It usually needs only one person to “organize” the rabble. Of course the same used to happen with the boys clubs,but not so much nowadays.

Related Articles

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Top
Copyright © 2018 Riot ACT Holdings Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.
the-riotact.com | aboutregional.com.au | b2bmagazine.com.au | thisiscanberra.com

Search across the site