Latham under fire for holding cooking event for female network

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  • Whatever is arranged for people with these views it will never be good enough. God forbid that they would actually enjoy themselves and appreciate the effort others had put into organising such events in the first place. Then again are these the sort of people whose values we hold dear and would wish to network with in the first place. It's what gives us women a bad name in the first place. I''d love to know what they would have rather have done!

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  • Isn't food preparation a gender neutral activity?

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  • If we strip out every possible activity that could cause offence, then the only thing left is 'people sitting in a circle on chairs in a grey room with no props or activity, dressed conservatively with no fashion impetus, appreciating and respecting each other's diversity (silently, in case a poorly verbalised thought causes offence).
    NB: You're not allowed to have fun in the world of diversity - too much potential for trouble. Respectful soulless neutrality only. Oh God, I've implied the existence of a 'soul' and just blasphemed, offending the atheists and religious at the same time.

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  • Agreed James, I know a number of men as well as women who would be interested in this. It wouldn't do anything for me (I am female but don't like to cook) but I don't see what the problem is. Nor does the article actually explain who Lathams is apparently "under fire" from - just one invitee who perhaps has a chip on their shoulder or hasn't moved into the 21st century yet (anyone heard of Gordon Ramsay, Heston Blumenthal....)?

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  • The best way to enrich women would be to have more female partners. Oh wait, no, let's just carry on with this mere fluff and teach them how to make canapés.

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  • Interesting that the vast majority of top chefs, as seen on many popular TV programmes, are men, yet cooking is often seen as a female activity. I think the problem is that if it is gender neutral, why does it need to be part of a women's networking event rather than done as part of the firm's mainstream events. Presumably becasue it is assumed that women are more likely to be interested than men.

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  • The Freshfields cake bake raised over £10,000 - why not focus on that rather than some illusory/pathetic/retrograde dig

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  • Guess this has put paid to our follow-up knitting event then.

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  • That's very interesting, luv. Now could you make us a cuppa tea?

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  • One source who received the invite for the event, which takes place on 31 May, said: “I almost fell off my chair laughing when I received an invitation to the ’Women Enriching Business Group’ and it’s master class on ’creative canapé making’.
    Now read:
    One source who received the invite for the event, which takes place on 31 May, said: “I almost fell off my chair laughing when I received an invitation to the ’Women Enriching Business Group’ and it’s master class on ‘car maintenance for beginners’, how bloody patronising, suggesting women can’t mend cars.”
    You just can’t win with these people.
    Well done L&W for trying. As a woman, I appreciate the effort.

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