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Crossing a Line

I may be the only person left on this planet who cares about standards on the BBC World Service. Certainly, considering a lot of the shoddy material it broadcasts, I doubt if anyone in BBC management listens to it. Sadly for me, first thing in the morning when comes to the wireless is either the World Service or an American call-in show for conspiracy theory cranks. Anyway, what I want to say is that I can see trouble ahead for The Conversation - "about women, by women, for everyone". Let's ignore for the moment how a programme that excludes input from 50% of the population can be so certain that it is for everyone. Obviously, someone in BBC management has decreed it is OK to deny people jobs because they are males. But has anyone at the BBC thought how job applications from men who believe they are women should be handled. While discriminating against men is apparently OK, I suspect the transgender rights activists will not take similar treatment lying down. Does the BBC have a policy in place to decree when a man can be considered a woman and therefore not excluded from the production team at The Conversation? By the way, I can't help but note that the venerable, and enjoyable, Woman's Hour does not boast that no man has ever darkened the door of its production office.

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