Dialogue:______read aloud in pairs
A: What kind of rights do women and men want in your country?
B: To begin with, most women and men want the right to work.
A: Do you think both partners in a relationship should expect to work in times of high unemployment?
B: It's often an economic necessity for both partners to work, especially if they're buying a house or providing for a family.
A: What if there isn't enough work to go round?
B: Then some people will be out of a job - they could be either women or men.
A: Aren't they more often women?
B: Yes, but it isn't that women don't want to work. For a start, they suffer more
discrimination in the work-place. When a young woman applies for a job, it isn't
possible to ask her whether she intends to start a family or not, but it is possible to
give the job to a man with fewer qualifications.
A: Does that happen?
B: Perhaps not as much as it used to, but if a woman leaves a job to start family,
it may be very difficult for her to return to full-time work. Many women are in part-
time jobs and on very low rates of pay. Underemployment of well qualified women
who are working as bar-maids or waitresses is a huge waste of talent.
A: Are there many underemployed men?
B: Yes, certainly. There are those who do seasonal work such as deck-chair
attendants or English language teachers and those who depend on the black economy
for occasional jobs - they might repair your motorbike or clean your windows!
A: How about unemployed men?
B: Well, unemployment can be very frustrating for those men who believe that
they should be the bread-winner in a relationship. Many live on state benefits. There
is also a group of men who have become unemployable. They have dropped out of the
system altogether. The adventurous ones become New Age Travellers, the idealistic
ones become political protesters and the dishonest ones turn to crime.
A: So, if the system doesn't give you any rights, you live by your own rules!