Work is needed on the Dubai Tram an­nounce­ments

7 Days in Dubai - - COMMUNITY -

What is it with the an­nounce­ments on Dubai Tram? Does no­body lis­ten to th­ese? With such a lux­ury tram, the an­nounce­ments just sound plain silly. R Ki­lalea Dubai “If you don’t have time for chil­dren then don’t have them.” This phrase is of­ten used when the sub­ject of work­ing par­ents is raised on the 7DAYS Let­ters page. But let’s be hon­est, we are re­ally talk­ing about work­ing moth­ers. It’s dis­heart­en­ing to think there is still a sig­nif­i­cant per­cent­age of the pop­u­la­tion that be­lieves moth­ers shouldn’t work. So, I thought I would put that logic to the test. Ac­cord­ing to the “don’t have ‘em” brigade, chil­dren and work­ing are mu­tu­ally ex­clu­sive. How­ever, re­pro­duc­tion has to take place for mankind to go on. No ba­bies, no fu­ture. Of course, work­ing is pretty im­por­tant to. De­spite what most peo­ple think, economies

are not driven by cor­po­ra­tions and pub­lic bod­ies. No, economies are driven by in­di­vid­u­als, what they earn, spend…etc. So, as a race, we need to work and we need to re­pro­duce. Then how do we de­cide who works? It would be eas­i­est to just say men work and women don’t? As it’s not the 1950s, that doesn’t sound prac­ti­cal. So, if the logic is mums can’t work, then we have to de­cide who can have kids. I guess those that are the most valu­able to the econ­omy, ie women with the best qual­i­fi­ca­tions, skills, at­ti­tude and ex­pe­ri­ence, should not have chil­dren, while those that are likely to con­trib­ute less should en­sure the sur­vival of the hu­man race. But, surely by that logic, fu­ture gen­er­a­tions are be­ing raised by those deemed to be in­fe­rior, ei­ther due to ge­net­ics or their en­vi­ron­ment. In­stead, per­haps women should only work in roles that en­sure they can be home for din­ner, or per­haps they should give up their jobs when they give birth, or give up the ba­bies if they want to carry on work­ing? In truth, no mat­ter how you look at it, the logic doesn’t work. Of course, both par­ents can work and still have a strong, healthy fam­ily. Af­ter all, both my par­ents worked and I turned out al­right, al­though I’m sure some of you may dis­agree. @spluck­rose

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