Thread: The working Man
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The working Man
But there's nothing wrong with a hard hat and a hammer
Kind of glue that sticks this world together
Hands of steel and cradle of the Promised Land
God bless the working man..
The modern vision of a worker is somebody in a white collar. His job is part intellectual, part financial. The perfect life is being married to an "empowered" woman living a cookie cutter life. This is the operson everybody should aspire to be.
The lifestyle portrayed in this scenario is one a woman could also live (and possibly does), a cubicle manager. This was not the idea of a fulfilling job before feminism... Railroad engineers, architects and construction workers, and mechanics were what were considered good jobs. Work was crafting, moving, sweating, building, and thinking but it wasn't arguing philosophy and politics (unless your job was academic or a politician).
Am I the only one who sees this shift on what the perception of hard work is? While intellectual jobs have always existed their elevated importance seems to be in part a product of feminism and this "safety" driven culture. When was the last time Rosie wanted to be a riverter? Colleges push students to study sociology, diversity, literature, and science as opposed to work that is more hands on like engineering, and woodwork.
Even in my own line of work (photography) there were few women who wielded the camera until everything went digital. I'm pretty sure now that 60% of photographers are women now that nobody deals with chemicals and bulky setups anymore...
As I asked before am I the only one who sees this shift on what the perception of hard work is?
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