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    two questions

    Hi,

    I do not quite understand the underlined sentences of the following two paragraphs. Could anyone give me a hand? Thanks a lot.

    1. For the women of my age, it is interesting to us that we now have
    an accusation that we are only where we are because we are women.
    For a long time we were told we couldn't be anywhere because we
    were women.

    2. The first woman to read the news regularly on national television was Barbara Mandell for Independent Television News, who began presenting the midday bulletin on 23 September 1955. Evidently it was Mandell's pleasant good looks, open manner and mellifluous voice which Aidan Crawley, the first editor of ITN, thought made her particularly suited to newscasting. Given the small audience that the noon bulletin attracted, however, cost-cutting measures meant that it was the first to be dropped form the news schedule in January 1956. It was not long before Mandell reappeared on the screen, however, this time introducing items as part of a domestic segment. The painted set used as the backdrop for her presentation assumes a particular significance in ideological terms given that it depicted a household kitchen- until, reportedly, views complained about the unwashed dishes.

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    The first is a response to positive discrimination- the prmotion of women to repair the imbalances in the workplace means that successful women can be accused of being there because of their sex and not their talent. The same is true of ethnic successes where their promotion has been encouraged. A sad situation, IMO- the idea was to help women, but the effect has often been negative.

    Being a woman, it is a political representation to have her in a kitchen, which is traditionally the place for a woman. I'm not sure of the significance of the unwashed dishes, unless it meant that she was a slattern.

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    Apparently, some people think women have achieved what they have achieved because of preferential treatment.

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    If preferential treatment is available, then those who got there without it can still come under suspicion. It's an unwelcome consequence of a well-intentioned idea, but the path to hell is, I believe, paved with good intentions. If greater focus were placed on making access equal, then we wouldn't have such a situation.

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