Women need to accept they are women, says Shirley Bassey 106



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Those in the know are now saying it will take 118 years for the pay gap between men and women to close, but one person who is not holding her breath – and never has done  – is British singer Shirley Bassey.

The 78-year-old Goldfinger singer says women need to stop fighting for equality and accept that they are different to men.

Her comments are likely to cause ire with today’s feminists, but is she being old fashioned or just realistic.

Ms Bassey told the Daily Mail, “Women in my industry aren’t empowered. Never have been, never will be.

“Think about the modern man. The gene goes so deep, it goes right back to the caveman days: man must have control. Women should not change it, because we’ve tried and we’ve emasculated men. It’s dangerous to mess with science.”

Welsh-born Ms Bassey went on to say it’s not right for women to do jobs that are traditionally “male”.

“There’s a reason why men are here,” she said. “If I was flying with a female pilot, for instance, I’d be very worried. Women have periods and hormones, and that bothers me about women who want men’s jobs.

“Like firefighters, police, soldiers . . . I don’t believe in women soldiers! Come on, women should be women. We should be feminine.”

She added that it wasn’t worth getting upset about the differences between men and women’s roles.

“I’m not sad about it. We should accept it. It’s worked this way for a long time. Men went out and brought home the bacon. Women are now going a step too far, trying to be cleverer than men — or as clever.

“Now, the man becomes the house-husband and it’s wrong. It shouldn’t be that way.

“I’ve been married twice and it has not worked out, but that’s my problem because I’m a successful woman and successful women cannot get a man who is at ease with himself. The caveman doesn’t want a woman who threatens him.

Ms Bassey has been married twice to a “caveman” and that’s it for her. “I’m old enough to appreciate being on my own. I love the idea of not having anyone around to dictate what I do — like when I go to bed and when I eat. I will never, ever get married again, no way.’

What do you think of Shirley Bassey’s comments about women and equality? 

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  1. Shirley is that woman I never want to be, out of touch with the rest of the world, women can be and should be whatever they choose to be and they are just as capable as any man, why should women accept a lower pay rate for doing the same job that a man is doing?

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  2. I’m sorry for her if she is insecure about her ability to do what ever she wanted to do, however she is totally out of touch when we have females achieving highly in all professions these days and should be paid accordingly.

  3. Shirley Bassey is an entertainer not a social commentator. Her ideas are out of touch with today’s thinking. She was successful in her field. Why shouldn’t women have the right to be successful in whatever career they choose? She has a right to her opinion but it is sad that she chooses to criticise other women.

  4. She is a great singer, paid a fortune – they don’t live in the real world. I deserve to be paid equal for a job where both us men and women work – men are definitely not superior over us woman.

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  5. I think Ms Bassey forgot about the male wages of men who work at traditionally female jobs/professions, or unisex jobs. I think too, she forgot about how good a job women did during WWll when men were not available to do them but the country ran well anyway. I think she has not realised that many women need to support families because there is no man present to do it, nor is it now expected that family support is no longer solely the male’s responsibility. wonderful singer, Ms Bassey, but a little unrealistic.

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    • Not necessarily, it was a matter of there was no-one else to do the farm and factory work. Their “liberation” was not a voluntary action on behalf of the men. Their was a lot of resentment when the war was over. Men wanted their jobs back but women were reluctant to let go.

    • I have recently watched a series called ‘Foyles War’ and what you said about men wanting their jobs back was very apparent in that but women had gained confidence and strength and put up a fight to retain their positions

  6. I It’s not that simple. Shirley is speaking from an old-fashioned pov, and also, from a world where women have always been men’s toys. Men and women need to be complementary, yes, but on an equal footing. Better to celebrate our completeness together. Yes, we are different; but men do need to remember that it’s not a question of male supremacy. Shirley is doing women a disfavour with these ideas.

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