Featured Post from Rof L Mao Esqby, 2 Days Ago at 04:19 AM
Day after day, we see calls for some measure to be undertaken upon some company or industry, to institute what we are told will be gender equality in the workplace.
One professional area where this is currently fashionable, is in the fields of high technology, and there are many others. We are assured: they won’t rest until the demands are met, until women have the numbers someone has apparently decided they must have, to satisfy whatever metrics are being used to determine this reputedly mandatory (womandatory?) outcome. This is presented as a matter of some urgency, as so great a need for gender justice that we must not shrink from it as a society.
When they're done cracking the tech ceiling, they can move on to get equal numbers of women and men in merchant shipping, highrise construction, waste disposal, commercial fishing, homebuilding, heavy equipment operation, mining, oil drilling, logging, livestock husbandry, powerline maintenance, industrial construction, road- & bridge-building, sewer maintenance, tunneling, wildland fire suppression, railroad operation....
For my own part (and the list is actually much longer), I never thought for a second that women couldn't handle any or all of these. I've wondered for a lifetime: so where are the recruits, ladies? Where are the marchers and petitions and social media campaigns and political pressures, to break these male-dominated professions open for women to enter and thrive in, and in matching numbers to those of men?
Not interested, seems to be the silent answer. It really looks, on closer inspection, as if gender equality is intended only for climate-controlled offices or the gilded halls of power, because, by this measure of gender equality, the only women’s work is the work women are told to want to do.
Trouble is, there is still men’s work to be done. And, God help us all if there aren't ...