Childless men dating
When Zoe Clarke-Powell's 75-year-old father, who suffers from dementia, had to move into a care home, she asked for two days' holiday from her job as a marketing manager in a London firm to help him settle in.
Although she works long hours - usually much longer than her female colleagues with children - this year, she found herself at the bottom of the pile when it came to taking a summer holiday, with the working mums getting first dibs.
'If someone is needed to stay late, it's always me they come to first - it's assumed I don't have anything better to do. I often feel resentment towards them, and I'm sure it shows in my behaviour.
Zoe isn't alone in this view - nor is it unjustified, however controversial it sounds.
One, that younger women are no longer interested in dating men who are even just slightly (3-5 years) older than them and sometimes want to date men 5-10 years younger then them. Alas, the women with whom he wants to get serious are 27-34.
Two, women seem to be content in the fact that they are independent and self-sufficient and have a career, family and friends that fulfills them and don’t seem to be interested in truly finding a relationship. This gives men time to court, fall in love, travel together, move in, get engaged, and enjoy a few years of childless marriage before starting a family.
At singles events, women come in groups and are reluctant to talk to men.HR and employment-law consultant Tara Daynes says: 'While it's incredibly important that we have many provisions to ensure working mothers don't end up being excluded from the workforce, the danger is that companies focus so much on their “family friendly” policies, they end up forgetting about the women who don't have children - all of whom have important obligations, too.She runs it from her home in London, and says discrimination in the workplace is a common issue many women face.When her co-workers' children are ill, they are free to work from home, yet this option is never available to her.'I have asked but been told a firm “no”, with the excuse, “You're an employee not a consultant,”' she says.