YOU just know you are living in, materially speaking, the greatest of times when the biggest problem in the office is ‘sports chat’. We are no longer down the mines or getting blown up in the trenches so the big threat these days is ‘football talk’.
You know the drill: there you are by the water cooler and the ‘lads’ come over talking about video assistant refereeing and before you know it they are sexually assaulting you. You heard that right.
If you are to believe Chartered Management Institute head Ann Francke, sports banter is not only divisive, in that not everyone, especially women, is interested in it, but ‘it’s a gateway to more laddish behaviour and if it just goes unchecked it’s a signal of a more laddish culture’. As such ‘chat about football or cricket in the workplace should be curtailed.’ You can’t make this stuff up.
I’m not sure if Ann Francke calls herself a feminist – I bet she does – but it seems they are feeding stories to us now to demonstrate just how sad, pathetic and deranged the feminists have become.
You know those men, they just can’t control themselves in public. Ms Franke again: ‘It’s very easy for it to escalate from VAR talk and chat to slapping each other on the back and talking about their conquests at the weekend.’
Now it’s true that it is a long time since I’ve been at the office, but I’ve never witnessed this behaviour. I don’t think it is widespread and even if it was she should get over herself and rely on the concept of common decency. Remember that? This is why if a group of people note that one person in particular is being left out of a conversation for a long period of time they should change the subject. Common decency also requires men and women not to brag about their sexual ‘conquests’ over the fax machine (do they still exist?) In fact, I reckon a lot men still abide by the rule of ‘not in front of the ladies’. Perhaps that is just the men I know.
This statement by Ms Franke is just anti-male prejudice dressed up in management-speak. Women talk about subjects that are exclusionary all the time and personally nothing irritates me more than when someone, man or woman, launches into one of those long monologues on Game of Thrones or, even worse, Fleabag.
In short, always watch out for people who want to control the speech of another – that is a gateway to even greater authoritarianism, if we want to talk about gateways. Only if we do talk about that, we might exclude those who are not so interested in ‘gateways’ to gateways.
Where was I?
Honestly, for many the best bit about the office, or the shop floor, is the banter and the flirting. But since #MeToo, both are under attack. This is why people think feminists are unhappy, anti-fun, ladies that nag too much. It’s because they are. They need to stop it, now. Nagging – that’s a well-known gateway to being a general nightmare. They should quit while they can.