In these enlightened times, women ought to be free to choose when they work. But there's definitely a downside to freeing up women for night work. It's not all about emancipation. In fact, night work seems to be just another form of exploitation of cheap labour.
Secondment is a tricky business. It's leaving and staying at the same time, somewhat like a bad marriage. You don't want to cut your losses and just get a divorce. But you do want the freedom to roam.
We constantly conspire to make young women feel that their success is at the price of their male peers. We do not focus on the many ways in which our school system consistently fails to address the learning styles of boys.
In any case, sex is a theological issue. It’s not a trivial matter. Some theologians argue that the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden was sex. That’s why Adam and Eve realised that they were naked only after eating it. Not each other, of course.
In the dancehall sense of the word, bowing suggests deference to the woman’s pleasure, a gesture no upstanding man is prepared to admit that he makes. But, of course, women do bow as well. It’s the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
The reckless policy of the Housing Agency of Jamaica - converting protected lands into house spots - is a classic example of building on sand. This practice is not at all sustainable. It’s short-term thinking at its worst.
Last Thursday, as I watched Kevin MacDonald’s magical documentary on Bob Marley, I kept thinking of just how many talented people have emerged from Trench Town! That ghetto has certainly been a centre of intellectual ferment. If the University of the West Indies could find a way to recharge and transmit the creative energies of Trench Town in its heyday, we’d definitely be cooking.
Arthur Williams' disdainful reduction of adult females to mere 'girls' is pure sexism; putting women in their place as minor players in a big man's world. Nobody in the JLP is complaining about jobs for the boys. Why not? Is it because the presence of boys (or old men) in the Cabinet - whether PNP or JLP - is 'natural' and, therefore, taken for granted?