26 January 2011

A Word of Advice

This brilliantly titled piece brings up a rather interesting observation:

Earlier this week I wrote that from cradle to grave, men are getting a raw deal. Men work longer hours, die earlier, but retire later than women. I also noted that while some say we should be less precious about light-hearted banter between the sexes, you can’t have it both ways. If sexism is wrong, the same standards apply to men and women. On the other hand, if you buy into the whole Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus theory of gender difference – with all its pseudo science - you can’t complain about inequalities of outcome that flow both ways from those essentially sexist distinctions.
Take this, for example: one commentator recently complained that: 'High-flying women are programmed to go for high-flying men. Most men aren’t attracted to women who are more successful than they are.’ Can you imagine the outrage if such trite generalisations were made about women, or other minorities? Feminists are now amongst the most obnoxious bigots.

I have some advice for feminists, although it applies to everyone equally:  don’t treat the people who make your life comfortable like they are the scum of the earth.

At the risk of sounding sexist, I’s like to point out to women that the reason why they are able to enjoy all the wonderful things that civilized society has to offer them is primarily due to men.  Most of the things we use on a daily basis were invented by men: cars, the internet, computers, cell phones, etc.  Yes, women have played a part in the technical development of the modern world, but it is a very small part.

Furthermore, men are far more likely to take the crap jobs that make modern society so wonderful.  Men make up the majority of law enforcement, construction, sanitation, military, and mining jobs.  These are incredibly dangerous jobs, and women enjoy their benefits as much as men do.  Therefore, if women want to continue to enjoy that labor and protection of men, they would do well to not denigrate them.  This is especially true since most career women work in “soft” jobs that are quite marginal.

So, to all the feminists out there:  keep your stupid mouths shut.  I know you don’t like being told this, but you will thank me later.

2 comments:

  1. Nope! I certainly won't shut my mouth.

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