"It's a man's job"
by spmmps on October 14, 2016 - 5:36pm
It is too often that people say things like, “Oh, that’s a man’s job” or “That is a woman’s job”. How did these made up “rules” allow people to become discriminated by gender? Why should anyone limit themselves, their talents or their passions because of societal “gender rules” that have been functioning for years. I know personally what it is like to be harassed by people because of my job and my gender. I work for my father in our family business, which is auto and heavy machinery repairs, which in turn makes me a mechanic. Now, I have told people my occupation only to hear things like, “You must be a dyke then?” and “Aren’t you worried about breaking a nail?” and “Isn’t that like, a man’s job?” To which I reply, “No, no and nope.” How did we become so ignorant as a society? Because I know how to fix cars, people feel the right to make such bold assumptions about me and ask such silly questions. Yes, being a mechanic is a man’s job. Yet, it is also a woman’s job. How, you ask? Because there are women working on cars out there just like me, of course not as many as there are men, but they are out there. It would be so beneficial to so many people to have a more accepting workplace and to make the workplace fair, offer fair opportunity and fair pay. No one should be worried to apply for a job because of their gender, in fear they will be laughed at or questioned. People should be focused on others SKILLS, qualifications and achievements and stop focusing on whether society thinks that job is cut out for their gender. I have included a graph that shows survey data about people's opinions about the suitability of men and women in different occupations. The results are just what you would expect them to be, matching gender stereotypes of today's world.