Whether or not you ascribe to the wage gap, one thing is certain. Men are far less employable than women. The notion that women struggle to break the glass ceiling, leaves a few gaps in the reality of the idea of who can do what and who can get away with more.
Like it or not, regardless of how progressive our society is painted to be, the same primitive nature remains. The amount of jobs open to women, far outweighs the few jobs that are primarily manned by men.
The argument against the wage gap, usually circles around how men work later and longer and in professions with a much higher risk factor. Yet…if a husband and wife couple both work, the man’s employer would not be as forgiving when it came to family matters as the wife’s employer is.
If the couple has a sick child, more than likely the woman’s employer would understandably allow the woman time off from work to care for her sick child. The man’s employer would probably state “why can’t your wife stay home today, we have a lot of work to accomplish”. Thereby, the man would be obligated to practically beg his employer for time off to care for his sick child, by explaining his family situation and why he must take the day off, so his wife can work.
A man is expected to be a man, whereas society still considers women in the workforce to be more or less looking for a hobby. If a crazy person starts shooting up your workplace, it’s the men in that workplace that the women look to for protection from the crazy person. Take a male nurse working amongst female nurses, the male nurse is always expected to handle the out of control patients, even if it is not in his job description. If a man in a workplace refuses to be the protector of the women in that workplace, his tenure will more than likely be short-lived, and the women in that workplace will look at him and address him with a tone of shame and disgust. His failing to live up to his “manliness”, will always be held against him by both men and women.
Is it fair to expect men to always be on the ready to assist with heavy boxes and assholes?
Far more is expected of men and from men, whether in the home, at school or in the workplace.
If we are going to talk about pay, then we should also discuss expectations and whether or not men are granted the same latitude as women when unexpected life stuff arises at the worst possible times.
If a woman was hired to do a job, then like a man, I expect that job to be accomplished, regardless of the sex of the individual.
If we cannot grant men the same excuses we grant women, then equality is merely a crack pipe dream.
Do women bosses treat the men who work for them as equals to their female employees and grant them the same level of fragility?
Do man bosses treat the men who work for them as equals to their female employees and grant them the same level of fragility?