GIRL POWER: Former Chronicle editor Nancy Bates was the keynote speaker at the UDIA luncheon yesterday. She is pictured with Megan Kraft from Cardno, fellow guest speaker and old workmate Lyn Dahl and Margaret Armstrong from Potter Group.
GIRL POWER: Former Chronicle editor Nancy Bates was the keynote speaker at the UDIA luncheon yesterday. She is pictured with Megan Kraft from Cardno, fellow guest speaker and old workmate Lyn Dahl and Margaret Armstrong from Potter Group. Alistair Brightman Ha

Women must not make men softies

GET IN touch with your masculine side.

That was the challenge Nancy Bates threw out to the crowd at the UDIA's Women in Development Luncheon yesterday.

In true Nancy style, the former Chronicle editor dished out some cold, hard truths about the current status of the fairer sex in her speech titled Raising Mummy's Boys in a Nanny State.

The event celebrated International Women's Day and was kicked off with a speech by Ms Bates's former colleague and local identity Lyn Dahl.

The light tone of Ms Dahl's humorous and inspirational words of wisdom softened the blow for when the audience was hit with an unflinching glimpse into the world of women according to Ms Bates.

Ms Bates said she believed women had taken feminism too far into the workplace, into their homes and into the polling booths.

“Too many women who fought their way out of the kitchens and into jobs have feminised the workplace to the point where it has weakened strategy,” she said.

“The workplace is the modern equivalent of the hunting ground, where the strong and ruthless shine.

“But instead of recognising that the workplace is where you make the money to buy the bacon, too many women have taken their pots and pans and sewing-circle mentality into work and tipped the scales too far into femininity.”

While women make up the largest voting block in the country, Ms Bates said they had let down “those valiant suffragettes who fought so hard to get women the vote”.

Socially, Ms Bates said women had become too gullible, believing “crafty shonks and charlatans peddling information like ‘spare the smack'” and encouraging mothers to get their sons to play with dolls rather than guns and take part in contact sports.

She said as a result, women were raising a generation of sissies, which could explain the “bizarre, invasive laws being rammed through parliaments”.

Ms Bates also questioned why women had turned their backs on the “hunting, shooting, fishing” men with hairy chests in favour of “ magazine pretty boys from the gym, oiled, fake tanned and hairless with the sock down their jocks”.

“Give me rugged, strong, sweaty and scarred, silent on the sensitive stuff,” Ms Bates said.

“We can't build a strong nation when we smother it with oestrogen.”



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