As some of my friends in Cardiff would say: Tom Jones is,was, and always will be fab’lous.
The problem with using a term like ‘lady’ is that it can be used as term of affection or as a modifier:
“She is a great ‘lady cop’” could be interpreted in three ways: she is a great lady (who happens to be a cop), For a lady (she is a great cop), She is a great cop (who happens to be a lady).
I’m sure we can all see the distinction here: one is downright offensive, another a back handed compliment and the third is a true compliment but gains nothing by mentioning the gender twice ‘she’ and ‘lady’.
I’ve tried to stay out of this conversation as much as I could up till now but I think some clarification is necessary.
I don’t like using the word equality when it comes to gender because equality implies sameness and men and women each have something unique to bring to the table. We should be celebrating this diversity because it makes life awesome,
Are there careers where one gender is typically better than another? Yes.However, skills tend to follow a bell curve and when it comes to gender differences these curves tend to be quite wide and have a significant overlap.
As some of you are aware we recently had issues with one particular user who I suspect would not find himself disagreeing with me too strongly now. His problem was that when challenged he got frustrated and could not find a suitable way to express his views.
I hope with time for reflection this user is able to rejoin the conversation