I have some other thoughts, on "being PC" and sexism and those things.
First of all, some of the construction thoughts here are interesting. Myself and my friend here discuss this a lot, we both are thinking of becoming
construction workers. We both studied mechanical engineering in school. And worked in that arena, as Corporate Stooges, and it sucked, VIVA NAFTA!, I
went into the arts, friend went into business.
AND WE''RE BOTH GIRLS!
I always wanted to be an Architect and our idea is that we will get junk houses and work on them ourselves. She has two so far, I have one. We do not
know anything about construction. She's more keen on this than I am, but I could see doing it. I do know how to read and draw construction plans. And
also various maps and have some knowledge of environmental issues. She understands the biz end. We can both do grunt work, ripping stuff out, hauling
garbage, painting, cleaning, things like this. We also both know most of the paperwork as I said. We are working on this.
Friend says that because she's close to 6 foot and 160 lbs, this is the same size as a medium sized guy so why shouldn't she be able to do this? Same
for me, I'm the same size. If Mexicans can we can. We will have to get "pros" for the things we don't know, but there are books and DIY vids for that
So why shouldn't we do this? People are sexist and you'd likely not get a "regular job" at this. But if you own the property then you can.
She was sick
too! Nearly died from a bad illness. That's how I met this girl, saw her staggering down the street here looking like a
concentration camp victim.
Here's a good illustration of WHY you should be "PC" or at least have some manners: I thought that, if I would've said so, I might have offended her,
because she is Jewish,
so it's a good thing I didn't say that, right? Or else I might have missed out on a new friend.
Here is another thing, about people talking "jokes" and like that, and some are too sensitive. Ok, why we're looking at ATS at all is because I saw a
thread about "Fathers Day" and neither one of us had a father. They split. And this is yet another issue with that Lock Step Conformist lifestyle I
was speaking of, which I'll get back to.
But say you just wanted to "make a joke", people shouldn't "take it so seriously", how about something like this, speaking of construction: Do you
know how copper wire was invented? It was two Jews fighting over a penny.
Groan. Yeah we've all heard that one. Well you repeat that and you might offend a Jewish person. And you might offend an Atheist who belongs to no
religion, and has had to work hard
for themselves, they didn't even have a family let alone a ton of money, don't you think that might rub them
the wrong way?
It might lead to discrimination also. You think they have money. Or you may think they're some kind of shifty person looking to rook you.
You could say the same for me, I'm thinking sexism. As I mentioned, both of us studied engineering and we like cars. Wait, did someone say mechanics?
I can take my Jag apart and put it back together, don't worry. You hear "women don't understand tech things" or "her husband bought her that" (both of
which I have heard), not only does that diminish all the work you did do, and yes may be "hurtful", forget that - it also negates any skills you have
and may translate into paying you less by others.
These type of thoughts, whether they are "jokes" or not, often translate into how people are treated.
Another thing I find interesting here, the various thoughts about "lazy construction workers". No wonder, for my neighbor here, two different
construction biz's offered her a job.
She's paranoid that they're "trying to hit on me". The one guy probably is. Otherwise they probably are
impressed at what a hard worker she is. We live in 'fixer uppers' here and I get some of the same people for more complex repairs, they have
complimented me as well.
Wow, are people so lazy? Another thing I've heard is that a lot of people are dirty. We clean when people are coming! Goes for phone techs and
plumbers, anyone. And we move things out of the way and get everything ready, paper towels, garbage can near by, like that. My friend said, she had to
get one of the construction guys to fix the toilet because it broke all of a sudden and she saw them down the street and ran to get them. She had
everything ready and said that Mr. Boss Man (she gets him personally, yes, he likes her) was pretty much shocked that she had put a fan in there for
him, because it was hot.
Well, speaking of simple courtesy....
Wouldn't anyone do that?
People seem shocked by such things. Or even people who work.
Or even make a few gestures to help.
Anyway, back on PC and sexism, I'm not sure what I was going to say, I think it was on behalf of this friend, like "don't assume Jews have money" ok,
something like that, goes for me too, don't assume I have a trust fund (there was a rumor here going around about me along those lines), or my parents
have money, I work you know.
How do you think a person feels who was abandoned by their family? And then is called a Feminazi for just trying to work and survive? Two of us right
here, and many more that we know of.
My other thoughts on that. Using myself as example and many people I know. Our parents were the Conformist Suburbanites, our mothers did not "pick
crappy men", they had the education and jobs (and the women too, thankfully), and it was the men who pushed for this life. And then they left.
And this was after
the so called "sex revolution" of the 60s and 70s, after that. My idea being that it was then easier or more accepted for
people to choose an "alternative path", but these people did choose the traditional path. And then crapped out on it.
And guess who was left with the wreckage?
This is why too I believe Liberalism is the correct path. To PROVIDE these outlets! Let people be Gay! Or Mr. Party Guy or a hermit or drunkard or
whatever they want to be.(Maybe a Mechanic who wants to take his son hunting too.) When you FORCE people into LOCK STEP CONFORMITY - that's not for
everyone and the ones who can't hack it are going to leave DISASTER in their wake. Including innocent people who didn't ask for the mess.
Also remember, and my biz educated friend told me this and others too and it's obvious: Those looking to put you into the lock step conformist
lifestyle - that's for them
, not you. It's to keep you controlled and so they can make money off of you. And they get plenty of fearful takers,
those who think that if they can make their lives resemble Pinterest somehow things will work. A lot of it is based off of fear.
Just remember: Those who attempt to clone up and then see it too late, and or get sick of their wife and kids - guess who's left with the mess. Better
that it should be OK for people to "opt out" to begin with, I think.