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5 Things Women Allegedly “Shouldn’t” Be Doing in Today’s World

5 Things Women Allegedly “Shouldn’t” Be Doing in Today’s World

Happy Women’s History Month! We’ve made great strides as a gender over the last few centuries, going from being viewed as property and a way to transfer lands, titles and wealth to earning the right to receive education, vote, hold jobs and now even marry and if we wish to have families with people of the same gender.

Still, obviously there is work left to do. Women still make a fraction of what men make in the exact same jobs, they still end up taking the lion’s share of household duties, and they are still massively underrepresented in government. That’s the real world, as it currently exists. Then, there is the fantasy world that remains out there where women are believed to still be pre-voting rights, pre-workforce, and best found barefoot and pregnant. In that fantasy land, here are five things that women are simply incapable of doing:

1. Women Shouldnt Vote: Voting rights have long placed women in the public sphere, allowing them to advocate for themselves by electing politicians that represent their needs. Of course, some conservatives believe that means Democrats, which is why in 2007 conservative pundit Ann Coulter said women should have their voting rights taken away. That thought was echoed on Fox in 2012 when the Sean Hannity show invited as a guest a pastor who believed women being given the right to vote was exactly where the United States started going off the rails. Of course, neither critic’s reasons for taking away the right to vote are as good as the original excuses given for denying the vote in the pre-suffragette days, such as, “It will only double or nullify her husband’s vote” or “BECAUSE it means competition of women with men instead of co-operation.

2. Women Shouldnt Hold Office: If women shouldn’t be allowed to vote, being allowed to hold an elected office must be an even bigger travesty. Of course, we all knew that it’s our irrational pre-menstrual natures that were going to stand in the way of our ability to lead. We just never expected people to be so forthright in explaining it as a reason not to vote for us. “Women are not normal when they are having a period… You can’t possibly let them make critical decisions about the country (during their period) such as whether or not to go to war,” claimed Yoichi Masuzoe in 1989. Masuzoe, who is now running for governor of Tokyo, is facing a “sex strike” of unhappy women who say they will not sleep with anyone who votes for him. He has yet to weigh in on whether he thinks lack of, um, release, could have as much of a hormonally unbalanced effect on males as a period does for women.

3. Women Shouldnt Drive a Car: Speaking of ovaries, I heard they can get crushed by driving a car. No, really, remember when that was used as an excuse by a Saudi cleric explaining why women shouldn’t be allowed to drive? “Physiological science” has found that driving “automatically affects the ovaries and pushes up the pelvis,” Sheikh Saleh al-Luhaydan said in September of 2013. ”This is why we find that children born to most women who continuously drive suffer from clinical disorders of varying degrees.” I suppose this confusion is not that shocking. After all, this is the first year women were allowed to participate in ski jump at the Olympics, because previously there were concerns that “her uterus might fall out or explode.”

4. Women Shouldnt Fly a Plane: Well, if women can’t drive, it makes perfect sense then that they shouldn’t be allowed to fly an airplane, either, I suppose. One airline passenger was kind enough recently to leave a note for the female pilot, letting her know that she really should be home caring for her children rather than flying an airplane, because: ”A woman being a mother is the most honor. Not as ‘captain.’ We’re short mothers, not pilots…”

The pilot’s response was succinct: “I respectfully disagree with your opinion that the ‘cockpit’ (we now call it the flight deck as no cocks are required) is no place for a lady. In fact, there are no places that are not for ladies anymore.”

5. Women Shouldnt Report Work Place Sexual Harassment: Should you be fortunate enough to somehow manage to find a job despite all of these restrictions on what work you can do, what transportation you should use and the rest, there’s still the potential for a dangerous work environment. However, if you should encounter someone behaving inappropriately, the last thing you want to do is report that person. After all, that’s your job that will be put in jeopardy, according to a Guardian article this fall that advised women not to report sexual harassment. “According to [author Vanessa] James, the responsibility falls on women to set boundaries for what’s appropriate, and they shouldn’t complain about being sexually harassed if they weren’t clear enough in setting said boundaries. Yup, we feel like banging our heads against our desks too,” writes Huffington Post. The reasons you should think twice before reporting range from “A successful court case does not give you back the career you lost” to “To progress fully in a career, ability is only part of it –- you have to be liked and trusted by your colleagues.”

Just be glad you even have a job, apparently, ladies. There are many who think that’s far more than we should undertake.

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6:45AM PDT on Mar 11, 2014

I encountered this kind of gender-biased crap during my days as a security guard! One wasted weekend sticks out particularly in my mind-I was assigned to work the midnight shift at a factory in the north end of the county seat where my duties included checking the temperature of the smelting pot (I actually enjoyed that one despite the acrobatics involved that prevented the pot "spitting" onto our uniforms), interior and exterior patrols, and gate monitoring. In those three nights, I not only learned the site, but learned it well enough to even train another guard in how things should be run, which is no small feat in a place that size!

But none of that mattered Monday morning when the in-house security chief showed up. He took one look at me and said that he wished he'd known the company would send out a woman because "he didn't want female guards at the site because he'd have to worry about us getting hit on by the factory workers or getting burned in the smelter." Never mind all that I did, and did WELL-he objected to my presence solely because I don't possess a penis! Needless to say, I told him that I wished I'd known all that BEFORE I wasted an entire weekend doing the job I was assigned to do and even training a new guard in the process!

There simply aren't enough synonyms for "STUPID" to describe this level of regression, especially since it's all BULLSHIT!

10:07AM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

I wish these things were part of a humor column. But they're pathetic and horrible.

3:22AM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

Thank you :)

1:51AM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

Wow.

1:03AM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

These articles stink....sorry, but true.

10:44PM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

Yea, right. Crazy gibberish.

8:39PM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

A female Construction Electrician's male co-worker pinched her rear when she was up on a ladder, later the supervisor came around and asked where he was. She stated you will have to ask him when he comes back. He was at the hospital getting his face stitched where her work boot made contact. I guess he had to skirt the issue.

Kudos to her, I am quite proud of how she handled it.

8:26PM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

What can one say? Does anyone even listen to this gibberish?

7:45PM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

Masuzoe seems to have found a hormonal reason that women should not vote or hold public office for a few days every month. By the same reasoning, men should not vote or hold public office at all. Every time there is a rape case, we are told the woman is to blame: her skirt was too short, her dress too revealing, she was in the wrong place at the wrong time & should have known better. How could any normal man resist? This, of course, presupposes that men are at the mercy of their hormones and incapable of making rational decisions 24/7, not just for a few days a month. This would suggest they should stay home (unless they agree to chemical castration) & leave running things to women. Any responsible woman can agree to stay home during those few days a month and let their fellow women run things for them, but men are apparently so hormonally addled all the time that they are incapable of being responsible at all.

7:01PM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

words fail me at the level of stupidity behind these 5 claims. I just can't fathom the level of self delusion required to be able to stand up and justify any of these 5 positions

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