Women's page inappropriate

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 17 January, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 January, 1996, 12:00am

I WAS surprised to realise that in 1996 here in Hong Kong we still have a women's section in our leading English newspaper.

On January 8, in the Monday Focus of the South China Morning Post, there was a section entitled, 'Women' containing two articles headlined, 'The unexpectant mum', and 'Princess Diana's feminist guru'.

If I was a woman am I supposed to open and read this page labelled under my gender, only to realise my primary concern for today in this newspaper is pregnancy and Di's guru? Is pregnancy not something that involves both women and men? Do 'women' only really care about whether The Princess of Wales's therapist is a tough effervescent feminist? And why is there not a 'men's section' in this paper? I suspect if there was an article on testicle cancer it would be placed probably in a medical section or just anywhere else in this paper as at the moment men seem to be honoured with the whole paper whilst women only get a women's page.

I do believe in categorisation as it helps us easily identify, but one cannot categorise women's issues from those of men. What is next in line for the women's page - make-up tips, or how to cook? NICHOLAS JAMES ALLAN Kowloon