THIS IS NOT A POST FOR MEN! This is a post for women mostly younger than I. (Who is not?) My generation started the “women in the work force” movement – the time for women to be free – whoopee!
Now that’s okay and we women do deserve much credit for lifting the heavy load of parenting and bringing home the bacon. BUT…
WE’VE GONE TO THE RIDICULOUS.
EQUALITY IN JOBS? Of course, but I weight mite near 200 pounds. I don’t want to depend on a 135 pound woman to get me out of the fourth story house on fire. Please send me a man, possibly even a 135 pound man! But a muscled hunk of 185 pounds would be more to my liking.
SAME PAY FOR THE SAME WORK? Of course, but what would that be? The janitor? Yes, unless, let’s say, the janitor has to lift 100 pound boxes to put in the seven foot high dumpster. Nursing? Wonderful, but I notice the male nurses get called on to lift me more than seems to be coincidental since there is only one male nurse here for every fifteen females. Dump truck driver? Oh, of course, but can someone else help me spread the gravel? It takes me a long time to move that stuff around. Well, how about a personal assistant to the Governor? Of course, but I really do have a few days a month when I need to use a heating pad. Can we work that out? How about school teacher? Yes, that will do fine. Gotcha! But can you send in Henry to loosen the window screens for me? News Anchors? Yes, but you can’t expect me not to take maternity leave if I get pregnant. And I’d like a three month leave to get my baby off on the right track.
I got on this kick the other day when my car stalled at a traffic light and I sat there embarrassed, frustrated, and helpless. It was a young man named Alex who signaled to another young man to help him push me out of the way. After they had pushed me to a safe spot, I told him I would call my husband. He graciously offered, “Would you like me to stay with you until he gets here?”
I wonder how long I would have waited before a woman would have done what that man did. I’m guessing I would still be waiting! Being a woman myself, I guess I would have offered the use of my cell phone. No, I wouldn’t have because I wouldn’t have stopped. I would have just thought there will be a man along after bit who will help out.
I have not been much of a supporter of political “women’s issues.” Sometimes I’m even critical of the feminist movement. Then I take note of the fact that all women have not been blessed with the good men who have been in my life. So I thank you Daddy, Granddads, Uncles, Brother, Sons, Grandsons, Father-in-law, Brothers-in-law, Nephews, and Cousins. I have been blessed by Godly men, men of common sense, integrity and optimism. And then there are the Alex’s in the world.