Butterfly chatter of comfortable middle class feminists as working men die
By Corrine Barraclough
Are middle class feminists utterly blinkered to how real people live - or do they choose to deny it?
A newsletter fluttered into my inbox this morning full of butterfly chatter about the number of female executives on boards and how to run a business with a newborn at home. Ahh, Planet Feminism, powered by its very own first-world-problem fuel.
You can just tell its come from an office that has homemade cupcakes covered in pastel coloured icing on a weekly rota. Someone’s probably proudly breast-feeding at their desk while a colleague raises a cupcake covered in sprinkles to “progress”.
The relentless pomposity of first-world feminists with audacious, pushy priorities is astounding.
Meanwhile, back in the real world, a devastating story ran over the weekend.
The Courier Mail reported dozens of Queensland construction workers are taking their lives. Many more struggle with serious injuries after suicide attempts:
- In Queensland, more than 40 workers are lost to suicide each year.
- A further 100 suffer permanent disability due to unsuccessful suicide attempts.
- Hundreds more attempt suicide.
- One study shows relationships to be 53.1% of cause of suicide attempts compared to 29.5% of the rest of the population.
- National Coroners Information System (NCIS) states around 3000 Australian construction workers lost to suicide between 2001 and 2015.
- This costs the community $355 million each year.
I’m not sure the cost to community can be measured in dollars, but still, the heartbreaking issue is clear.
The average victim of this harsh reality isn’t sitting around eating homemade cupcakes covered in pastel coloured icing.
The average victim is reportedly a 36-year-old male.
“Relationship problems have been shown to play a greater role in suicide among construction workers than in the general population,” the article states. The Sunday Mail obtained exclusive access to a new report “Mates in Construction” which will be publicly released in August.
Of course, the go-to reaction is that the construction industry should enforce drug and alcohol testing. Why?
Why would anyone be surprised if people are turning to drugs and alcohol?
Why do people turn to drugs and alcohol? To drown out lack of hope.
Their day-to-day life is not eating pretty cupcakes on a planet fuelled by first-world feminist problems.
These men are often trying desperately to be providers. Are they paid on time? Is anyone going to point the finger at the Unions for playing politics rather than actually looking after their workers?