Re: who makes up this news ?
IT skills ? What skill is needed to click a link, to use a search engine, or to use Word ?
There's your problem, IT is too broadly defined, mainly to suit the idiot. How many girls take the time to learn html by viewing the source of web pages ? How many girls spend hours trying to program in any language ?
The IT skills you quoted are the modern equivalent of using a photocopier or typewriter. The real IT skills are the modern equivalent of designing and building such devices.
Reminds of something my stepmother said years ago. She said "men are losing their identity these days because women don't need them any more". Sure, I said, all these modern labour saving devices like washing machines, microwaves, cars, computers, mobile phones, central heating, double glazing, etc etc, all invented by men, but now that you have them, you don't need us any more. Heh, well you can try to live with what you've got, and we'll carry on inventing the future.
And at the risk of a flame war, feminism has a lot to answer for. Since women claimed more "equality" in politics and society in general, we've seen violent crime and obesity rise, achievement fall, and an explosion in touchy feeley counselling groups. Which when you think about it makes perfect sense. After all, it's the mother who says "oh he didn't mean to do it, don't be to hard on the poor little lamb", and prevents the spoilt little brat learning by his mistakes. Corporal punishment banned - rise in violent crime. Live today, pay tomorrow, rise in theft. Convenience foods - rise in obesity. When that school stopped serving chips at lunchtime, who was it passing Macdonalds through the fence ?
Bullying. When I was a kid, bullying meant getting your head kicked in while waiting for the bus. Mothers attitude was tell the teacher. In other words, offload the problem to a disinterested party. The only real solution (as I figured out in the end) was to make a stand and fight back. It never happened again. All these bullied kids these days are growing up thinking that it's someone elses job to look after them. As for "cyber-bullying", hah ! Get a real life ! This is the way to breed an entire generation of weak defenseless proles. No wonder the government is promoting it. When a weak minded kid with no sense of self respect or self preservation, tries to assert themselves these days they either get a car with a loud exhaust, or a gun and hang out in the 'hood. Hey look at me and show me respect. If they learned some self respect in the first place they wouldn't need to publicly assert themselves. After all, you are nothing without the latest phone, or shoes or jacket. </sarcasm>
Of course this almost exactly parallels the decline in 2 parent families. No father in the house - no discipline, no male role model, no respect. No wonder the kids are confused. Just who is the young man supposed to look up to ? A bloody footballer ? A "pop" star ?
Instead it's left to the side of the population who are more concerned with appearance than substance, and we are reaping the rewards for that every day.
* No I don't hate women, I like women. Neither do I categorise people based on their gender. But I don't like consumerism, short term thinking and lack of common sense, which seem to be more prevalent in a female dominated society. If a woman complains about a male activity, do all the men jump up shouting "you're just anti-men" ? But apparently if a man complains about anything a female has initiated it's gender biased and sexism. Maybe the problem's in the attitude. As for page 3, I don't believe anybody forced these women to get their tits out, and they seem to do quite well out of it. Christ, even prostitutes are described as sex workers these days. Someone needs to get their story straight.
Unfortunately it's too late to go backwards. Even the men these days have been influenced by generations of feminisation. Metrosexuals abound, BWMs permeate, and a fair days work for a fair days pay is history. Thing is, bridges still need to be built, bins still need to be emptied, physical strength and inner confidence are a pre-requisite for many activities. But the supply of such individuals is declining fast.
Nanny state indeed.