After 32 Years, Butterball Will Begin Hiring Men for Their ‘Turkey Talk’ Hotline


Butterball has never before hired men for their turkey hotline, but after 32 years they think it may be time.


Butterball has been running a turkey hotline for 32 years and has finally come to the conclusion that maybe a few of their operators should be men. From the Detriot Free Press:

For the first time, Butterball is enlisting the help of men as well as women for its Turkey Talk cooking-advice line during the holidays. Additionally, the turkey seller is seeking the first male talk-line spokesman this year …

But the talk line, which has grown from six operators to about 60 since it launched in 1981, has never hired men before. The company says it wasn’t specifically excluding men, but it usually relied on word-of-mouth to hire its talk line operators and its hires were always women.

Now, it’s taking a more active approach.

By more active approach, it appears that Butterball intends to hire men.

Butterball, based in Garner, N.C., will offer an online application for men age 25 and up to apply to be the spokesman for the line or one of the operators, via its Facebook page

It’s about time Butterball opened jobs up to men, but is the solution essentially to guarantee a job to a man?

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  1. John Answeain says:

    I chose not to include this comment in the article because it didn’t seem appropriate, but the reason this story resonates with me is because IMO this is precisely why women don’t make it in tech. I’ve been in IT for 25+ years. I see more men coming into the field than women, but the big thing is most of the IT guys I know are still in IT. Mist of the women I know are no longer in IT. Women leave the field and I think it’s not primarily misogyny like people claim, it’s that they don’t have access to the network men have built, the contacts, the mentors, etc.

    That’s kind of what happened here. Men didn’t have access to the network, how the job openings were disseminated and advertised. I wonder where people stand on this. If you’re one of those people who believe that if this happened to a woman (and it does) that it is misogyny, do you still doubt that misandry exists? What solution do you think is fair? If you feel that it’s OK for men to limit women’s access to their IT job networks (granted the IT industry is a lot more open than Butterball has been), do you think Butterball was wrong for essentially excluding men? Do you think Butterball should have to hire men to make up for it?

    This is why the story struck me and I was wondering what peoples opinions are.

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