Episodes

EpisodeTitleRepeatedComments
02The Nail Bar20101228 (BBC7)
20160508 (BBC7)
20160509 (BBC7)

A male nail bar worker from Swansea discusses his decision to train in the beauty industry

The series on men with jobs in female workplaces continues with the story of Gareth Apajee, a nail bar worker from Swansea. Gareth tells Chris Ledgard why he decided to train in the beauty industry and discusses the reaction of his family, colleagues and customers. Chris visits Gower College in Swansea and hears that men are starting to take up places on beauty therapy courses, but are still in a very small minority.

03The Midwife20101229 (BBC7)
20160515 (BBC7)
20160516 (BBC7)

A husband and wife, both midwives, discuss attitudes towards men in their profession.

The series on men with jobs in mainly female workplaces continues with the story of Andy Yelland, a male midwife. Andy and his wife Mandy - who is also a midwife - discuss attitudes towards men in their profession. "It is an odd job for a man to do" says Andy, "there's no doubt about it". His route into the job was unusual - he had previously been a geologist. Chris Ledgard talks to Andy's colleagues at St Michael's Hospital in Bristol to find out what they think of his work, and hears about occasions when patients have asked to be looked after by a woman.

04The Wrvs20101230 (BBC7)
20160522 (BBC7)
20160523 (BBC7)

Graham Clarke tells Chris Ledgard about running a WRVS lunch club.

Graham Clarke tells Chris Ledgard about running a WRVS lunch club. The charity no longer uses its full title - the Women's Royal Voluntary Service - and has been taking on male volunteers for many years. The chief executive Lynne Berry discusses the balance between respecting the WRVS's history as a women's organisation, and establishing its new image in the modern world of big charity.

05Women's Studies20101231 (BBC7)
20160529 (BBC7)
20160530 (BBC7)

A male professor talks about his work as a man on the fringe of academic feminism.

Professor Jeff Hearn talks to Chris Ledgard about his relationship with the academic world of Women's Studies. After a group of female staff at Bradford University set up the UK's second Women's Studies postgraduate course in the early 1980s, Jeff Hearn was asked to teach on it. Professor Hearn - who describes himself as a profeminist - found himself, he says, "on an ambiguous margin of Women's Studies." Now a professor of Gender Studies in Sweden, he and his colleagues discuss his work as a man on the fringe of academic feminism.