Dame Shirley Bassey has admitted she isn’t fond of the idea of women pursuing professions which she deems to be “men’s jobs”.
The ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ singer has made the surprising claims during a new interview, revealing she doesn’t think women should be firefighters, pilots or soldiers, claiming that women “should be feminine”.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Dame Shirley asserts: “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.”
The veteran performer goes on to say she doesn’t feel that women should be striving to be try and change the traditional gender roles (yes, for real!) claiming: “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.”
“Now, the man becomes the house-husband and it’s wrong. It shouldn’t be that way.”
Predictably, her comments haven’t gone down well on Twitter:
Dame Shirley Bassey says women shouldn’t have ‘men’s jobs’ because 'we have periods'
*face palm*November 19, 2015
Dame Shirley Bassey (2015): "Women have periods"— Josh Haigh (@joshcharles_21) November 19, 2015
@GylesB1 Oh Shirley!
Dame Shirley Bassey says women should not be pilots or police officers and should 'stop trying to be cleverer than men'— Pippa Ettore (@pettore) November 19, 2015
Dame Shirley recently teamed up with the Brit Award-winning vocal harmony trio, Blake, on their forthcoming festive cover, ‘The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)’.