Our women must raise the bar, says McClean
An ex-diplomat and former political candidate for the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) is concerned that more young women seem to be appearing before the law courts and on police wanted lists.
Leroy McClean, who is also the former Consul General to Toronto and the DLP candidate for St George South in 1991 and St Michael North East in 1994, voiced these concerns while addressing the monthly meeting of the St Michael South branch of the ruling party over the weekend.
McClean, who also recently served as the head of the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation and is presently the Executive Chairman of the Barbados Agricultural Credit Trust, said: “I am very concerned that we are seeing more and more of our young women before the law courts of Barbados.”
He further acknowledged that, “Recently, I saw some [women] on the police wanted list”, as he warned that, “If the women of society ‘go bad’, the whole society is in trouble”.
McClean recalled that while attending a Caribbean Commonwealth Parliamentary Group meeting some time ago, he had presented the argument that it was not only a case of men in crisis, but also a case where to a large extent women were responsible.
He argued that if women lowered the “bar”, men would not do more than was necessary to get over the “bar”.
“Every man wants a particular type of woman. If he has to wear clean clothes, must have a job, and he must live a certain way to get that woman, he will do it.
“If the woman is satisfied that he does not have to bathe [and] he could walk around anyhow, that is what he will do. So if women keep the bar up, the men will strive to get over the bar,” he explained.
Noting that the women in any society were intrinsically caregivers, the former Senator recalled the adage: The hand that rocks the cradle rules the nation.
McClean said: “ Regardless of what we as men believe, there are certain things that a man cannot do for his children. There is an element of care a woman can provide and no matter what a man does, he cannot provide it. That is the nature and the make-up of us. We are different and we have to ensure that we use those differences to make a better world. So our women have got to start putting more pressure on us men.”
Noting that there was a time when underwear was underwear, McClean lamented the fact that not only men were exposing their underwear in public, but also women. He also bemoaned the fact that many cases of school girls fighting were being broadcast on social media.