|Football: the biggest barrier to equality in business today?
||[Dec. 15th, 2009|08:05 pm]
Its not just that nearly all men everywhere have an icebreaker with more depth than the good old British weather. Its definitely a bit that they can congrstulate almost complete strangers on their performance at the weekend, and enjoy an almost intimate level of banter with people they've just met. Women can just about compensate for that (even by taking an interest in the football scores if they get desperate (or are lucky enough to be genuinely interested.))|
No. Its an institutionalsed and traditional means of segregation that begins as soon as the new intake joins the firm. Five aside football. All the new boys are invited immediately to join the Wednesday session. It doesn't matter whether they play, whether they're good, whether the new girl used to play for the county (they're unlikely to bother to find out, and if they did she still wont be invited).
If the issue is raised, the excuses are endless. "Girls are welcome, they just don't want to play" (to which the 'what time do we start next week' is met with a horified stare).
"Its just a bunch of mates getting together to play, not really a work thing."
"Some of the bigger guys are scared they would hurt a girl".
The problem is that right from the start, the male managers know the new male intake. They see girls outside work at an event ever
Couple of months (when usually both parties are drunk). But boys get together every week and unite in the shared goal of beating another firm. What chance do girls have against that kind of bonding?
I don't really know the solution. Most girls aren't really interested, and would slow down the game. To stop them playing just because it doesn't include everyone goes against nearly everything I believe in.
All I can say for certain is that this is the first time in my life I have ever felt handicapped by being a woman.