Why patriarchy persists in the workplace?

In an interview on Cliffcentral yesterday, Cell C’s Jose Dos Santos shared some controversial views about women which resulted in a Twitter frenzy.

Redi Tlabi asked CapeTalk/702’s listeners to share their work experiences based on what Dos Santos said.

My boss is the only male in our department of five individuals. And whenever we have differences he is always accusing us of having Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or hormones. Try to take us serious

Fundi, Caller in Johannes

Listen to the full conversation on the Redi Tlhabi Show:

I worked hard to get to the top of my profession which I have been in for the past 20 years. If men are stupid enough to take advantage of you because you are a women, take advantage of it

Kate, Caller in Johannesburg

My experience at work has been an incredible lack of respect for women, either you are seen as weak or if you are trying to take an initiative and you call people out then you are a birch

Jessica, Caller in Fourways

Journalist Karyn Maughan, a senior correspondent at eNCA, also called in to give her contribution on this controversial topic .

I am so glad we are having this conversation because it is so important for us as women to talk about this and understand we are not in isolation

Karyn Maughan, Senior correspondent eNCA

The word birch is used more often to label women that are assertive that are demanding of themselves and other people. It’s a way of undermining their contribution….

Karyn Maughan, Senior correspondent eNCA
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