posted on Jun, 7 2018 @ 05:17 AM
This has been an issue for longer than many people think and the people who suffer from this are men. A quick example I'll use is a job at a tree
nursery. Every day trees have to be dug up, moved around, watered and loaded into trucks. It had been all men in the department until someone wanted
to be out there because the register was always slow and they could talk on the phone, text etc in between customers. Over an 8 hour day the guys
would work 1-2 hours at the register as a break or often they would just come when a bell was rung and they would stay in the yard working with the
guys. When a guy got hurt or sick they would get the register until they were better. When the "special person" came in, everything changed.
Instead of one person moving a 200-275lb tree, 2 people were needed and it was actually harder because one person wouldn't even be able to lift their
1/2 so the weight was out of balance and it made the weight equivelent to 400+ lbs for one person (b/c it was extended 2-3ft out from the body) and
the special person was lifting 30-50lbs. Well this made it about 4x slower or more, so that was done away with and only the "old employees" (guys)
were left doing that.
Then there was digging holes and the average was about 6-20 an hour depending on size. Well the special person was doing 0-3 an hour and couldn't
plant after digging, so everything got backed up.
Obviously the solution should be to buy a $35,000 digger that can fit in between the trees and a $15-20,000 lift for trees to move them around, plant
them and load them, right? Why are we so limited with having a $30 shovel and a $20 set of hay bail hooks? That is discrimination and sexist, oh,
and not fair.
So since the nursery is IN BUSINESS and not the standing around waiting business, the "special person" ended up sitting at the register the whole
shift (except for the 4-10 bathroom breaks to go talk to friends in the rest of the store - leaving the bell for the guys to cover). Now when someone
gets hurt they don't work (and no workmans comp unless you loose a hand or arm or something), get sick, your still heeling in 275lb trees in the
rain. But hey, it make your stronger right?
So now there is some diversity in the department and we can all say "a woman can do any job that a man does" (often added to this line "sometimes
I guess we have all seen the road crews or utility workers and we all see who is doing what. Who usually has the shovel, pick axe, digging iron, jack
hammer, pneumatic tamper, etc? Who is holding the road sign's?
I'm for equality when there is equal work done and not relativistic work. Now there is a difference when looking at a site with an 18yr old and a
55-65 year old and expecting the same. What one may lack in experience they may make up for with a youthful body, endurance and exhuberance. The
experience may keep the youngin from hurting themselves or show them something that saves a lot of time, but the difference is that they are capable
of equal work. This is how things have been in hard labor jobs since most everyone can remember and only recently has the world gone insane thiking
that b/c someone weighs 90 lbs compared to a 220lb worker, they should only have to carry 40% of a tree or 40% of a rock - which is impossible so they
end up not doing it.
I can list about 30-40 other jobs like this if anyone really wants to argue against this point, but I'm open to hearing why someone thinks it is
equal or fair. These "easy" jobs are necessary for the people on the team and are a built in rest for the workers. When dead weight takes these
jobs the rest of the team suffers and people end up getting hurt (could be why so many workers have chronic pain and other repetitive injuries).
This whole idea makes me incredibly mad and I need to stop before I say things I shouldn't.