Admirable as your comments are, John, let me address each of your points (hopefully, I’m being constructive). I agree with much of what Kat Gordon has stated (and others) during the 3 Percent Conferences. I’ve been on many pitches in the past years (38) where women were under-represented. I’d also ask how many men are employed by Kat Gordon’s agency. It’s one thing to say you’re dedicated to women’s issues, it’s another to demonstrate reverse discrimination and say it serves a purpose. Secondly, your friends are still experiencing sexual harassment at agencies? Where are these agencies? Here in Toronto, sexual harassment is dealt with by very quick firing. I’ve heard of a senior VP Creative being fired for calling an account executive a “bitch.” Agencies don’t want to be involved in lawsuits. They don’t even ask if the man was justified (bad language is bad language; is firing the answer?). Thirdly, in case you haven’t noticed, John, the majority of advertising today shows men (husbands, fathers) as either stupid or subservient to the point of needing a collar. Again, is this the way we want the family unit portrayed? As I mentioned in an earlier comment, I’ve always believed in equality and I’ve always hired and paid women the same as men. Yet I’ve experienced reverse discrimination on many occasions. Five female agents told me outright they wouldn’t even read my manuscript. They wanted “more women represented and published.” I’ve been employed by women who essentially hired me to do all the worst jobs, keeping the best work for themselves. If this is how we’re reaching equality, then maybe there should be male and female agencies. Let’s get rid of the possibility of sexual harassment and unequal pay altogether. Perhaps this can be brought up at the next 3 Percent Conference. While we’re at it, let’s also figure out where house husbands fit into all this. Are they receiving the remuneration they deserve? Didn’t we decide at some point that tending house and children is the hardest job there is? Maybe you’d like to weigh in on that.

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