Have British women become more work-centred in the past 16 years? Dr Catherine Hakim reveals all.

In the next few days I hope to publish an 18-minute-long interview with Kay Burley of Sky News, recorded on International Women’s Day, 8 March. In the course of the discussion I raised the issue of Preference Theory – a theory published by Dr Catherine Hakim, a world-renowned sociologist, in 2000 – and her response was one I’ve encountered on other occasions, scoffing at the original study having been published 16 years ago, implying that things had changed over the intervening years. The idea that British women’s preferences with respect to paid employment might have changed substantially in the course of the past 16 years struck me as ridiculous, and I said as much, in my trademark diplomatic style.

In an effort to obtain an informed up-to-date view on the matter, I contacted Dr Hakim, and she kindly responded with this, for which I thank her.

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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4 Responses to Have British women become more work-centred in the past 16 years? Dr Catherine Hakim reveals all.

  1. William Gruff says:

    Plus ça change?

  2. Interesting she states that there is evidence in Japan of women becoming more work centred. A result of the “herbivores” or Japan’s huge national debt?

    • nrjnigel says:

      Well really the latter. Japan had a very early (55) retirement age. In recent decades this has meant that people effectively have to get jobs after “retirement” . Of course the now very low birthrate and resistance to immigration makes japan quite an extreme example of the gap between the demands on its resources and the number of “economically active” members of society. Essentially the Japanese are “outliving their money” and all have to work. The “herbivores” do of course work, they just don’t enter the rat race that is the lot of the company man.

  3. nrjnigel says:

    Thank you for posting this. Dr Hakim is so right. There is comparatively little actual research done, even less on any scale other than effectively “opinion pieces”. The old EOC did fund quite a lot of research (it was abolished to make way for the EHRC following Hattie Harman’s Equality Act). Just before its demise the EOC had, on the basis of its research and that of people like Dr Hakim developed its agenda on a “different but equal” line. In an ironic shift the subsequent dearth of any body commissioning research on Gender as the EOC had.Is filled by a procession of politically motivated advocacy research which is rubbish as Dr Hakim points out.

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