Thursday, October 25, 2007

Human Resources: More sex please - we're miners

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that miners at Xstrata Coal's Bulga mine in the Hunter Valley, "have been attending classes on menopause and foreplay - because, according to management, a sexless miner "can get mighty grumpy at work" and affect production".

The article quotes Xstrata Coal's communications manager, James Rickards, as claiming, "the classes had been highly successful because most men were keen to learn about the physiological and emotional changes associated with menopause and why their sex lives might be suffering."

"Most of our men have wives or mothers going through this and it's important they know what's going on and why the woman in their life might be snappy or feeling unwell."

Course co-ordinator and registered nurse, Tammy Farrell, from Core Health Consulting said the miners were told they needed to put more effort into getting a post-menopausal woman aroused and, "they snapped up all the flyers left out after the talk so we've obviously got some cranky men with cranky wives out there who want some help".

Full article and photo: Lessons in sex - who's for homework? by Kate Benson Medical Reporter