Sir, I write regarding the recent correspondence in Construction News about whether construction needs to clean up its act regarding female employees.
As a female director in a construction company I feel I have a few points to put that I personally believe. I come from a long line of builders - grandfather, father, brother and husband - and our company has been running since 1959.
I find that, when I am around, if the guys use foul language - which, let's be honest, will happen - they are quick to apologise, saying: 'Sorry Viv I didn't see you there'A bit of effing and blinding has not turned my hair grey or made me blush. I have heard much fouler language from some young women.
I accept the odd nude pin-up; I often get a male nude calendar as a joke at Christmas. Let's be honest, the human male or female body is perfectly natural. If you do not think it is, I suggest you have a problem.
The only thing I have had problems with is using a site portable toilet. If I was permanently on site, I would need a cleaner facilities.Men have a poor aim and I do like a clean seat!
If you earn the men's respect by doing the job well, you get treated better than their mates. I have yet to find women that can dig a trench, hump bricks onto scaffolding and lay them at the rate a man can.The men deserve respect for that.
Let's please not be too politically correct on site. Nudes aren't degrading. Haven't you ever looked at a bloke's bum and thought: that's nice!
Degrading? Come on.
Vivienne A Brooks director, Blunt Construction Winchester Hampshire