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It always seems that women will be forever defending themselves in male dominated industries
12 - True, but I don't think it will ever be different, even in fields where female employment is growing...I know in my line of work (military) myself and my other female co workers are treated differently sometimes because we are women in a place surrounded by men.
@12 what's wrong with the phrase 'male dominated industry's'? There is also 'female dominated industry's', for example in health care and education (mostly for younger kids). I don't think there is much sexism to this, because it's also biological. Men and women are different, our brains are different, which makes it that a lot of men like visual thinking better, or are better in it. And women are often better in psychology-related area's, or are more interested in it. That's why health care (especially mental health care) is often a female dominated industry and construction is often male dominated.
100, there is no such job. Physical gender denotes very little. Whether you "like visual thinking better" is based on your brain, not your gender. And I beg to differ about the health industry being "female dominated". I don't know if you've ever been to a hospital, but I usually see a 50/50 split (roughly) between make and female. In our society, you'd think we'd be over the archaic ideals of women being delicate flowers that can't do hard labor and that men can't dabble in arts and craft and 'pretty things'.
@115 Of course that depends on your brain. But your brain is the way it is also because of what gender you are. Men and women are different, at least biologically seen. Of course you can be really good at 'manly' things as a woman and you can be good in 'feminine' things as a man. Everyone is different, of course, but I am talking more about the general population. And I didn't really mean health care as in hospitals.. I should've said mental health care. That is definitely a female dominated industry. I know it is in my country. I study to become a care-taker and in my class from around 25 people, we have 2 men. At my internship only works 1 man. My boyfriend is a studying to become a train-engineer. He only has 1 girl in his class. And where they both do their internship, she has been put in the 'newspaper of the company' (I don't know how I should properly name it), because they want more women to come work there. Why? Crap knows why. What does it really matter? It's really not that the men who work there are such pigs that women want to stay away, it's accessible. So I really have no clue why you would try to force change into it.
We are having a debate about sexism in the work force, specifically being more sympathetic towards women. Some people are bound to say, "well what about men in "female dominated" industries?" Just because you do not agree with the question does not mean that the question is irrelevant.
100- Excuse you but have you ever been to a hospital? About 85% of the upper field medical attendees (i.e. doctors, surgeons, etc.) are male. So I beg to differ. Pull your sexist head out of your ass because if you think that men are treated anywhere near as bad professionally and sexually, then I just have to assume that you're thick.
Fsvb, You do realize you can be a female and still be sexist, right? Anyways, I know what you're talking about when you say that some studies indicate biological differences between men and women in the GENERAL population, but we are talking about individuals here, and not making assumptions about them based on the average brain. Everyone develops differently. Besides that, Correlation does not equal Causation, so we can't prove that the average woman and man have different brains because of their gender. It probably sounds ridiculous to you, but there are plenty of other factors.
Whenever I read an FML that includes this degree of stupidity and ignorance, I always think, "Please don't be in the US! Please don't be in the US,! Please don't be in th- FUCK it's in the US"
@47 Also, in addition to a large population, the US produces a lot of Western media (including news), a has a fair amount of leisure time, and has very high internet access. Although the idiot percentage for the US is probably similar to the rest of the Western world, US idiots are more visible. Especially as USican idiots also have a tendency to be somewhat jingoistic...
Sexisms and all the other "isms" are world wide, unfortunately. Wouldn't it be a wonderful thing if we could say "avoid such and such country because that's where XYZism lives". Maybe we can invent some sort of vaccination to rid humanity of this stuff like we're trying to do with polio and other diseases.
Sadly that's the road that hitler took. I understand not being able to stand stupid people, I can't either, but if I stand my personal creed of living my life the way I see fit, then people who are ignorant bastards do to in their own stupid little special way.
OP, it's a sad state that this still happens, but you must be strong to be where you are. Stand up, stand strong, make that self serving douche realize he is where he is answering to you, and he can make it a good team. Best of luck!