Helen Keller and the Temple of Doom

ceorfaex:

helenkellerandthetempleofdoom:

icecooly94:

teacupnosaucer:

whoneedsfeminism:

I need feminism because “Who hired a stripper” shouldn’t be the first thing said to me when I walk into a welding job.

women in trades are treated like such fucking shit. 

NO I’M STILL STUCK ON THIS WHY WOULD ANYONE SAY THIS TO A WOMAN HOLDING A BLOWTORCH

I’m treated pretty well, in my trades job…but I also an unionized, and work for a company run on tax payers dollars. There’s still sexism…and we do still need feminism! My job, is one of the better/best environments a woman in the trades, can hope for…and yet, I still get guys railing on me, trying to justify that most woman aren’t fit to learn the trade (due to, not having enough knowledge of tools, beforehand). I can’t imagine how awful it must be to work in other trades environments, as a woman (or gender queer).

Something I think about a lot in my work environments. The kinds of attitudes I encounter at these places are just really… unfortunate. I want to say “disappointing” but it’s actually just confirming a lot of stereotypes. A lot of dudes I’ve worked with are flatly racist, sexist, and homophobic, and they think you’re a freak if you’re not. Those attitudes exist elsewhere in the working world, I’m not gonna pretend it’s all sunshine and rainbow parades in the white collar world, but it’s not nearly so blatant or hostile.
One thing that was kind of funny, and almost reassuring, was my first day of classes. One of the seniors (it’s a six month course with a three-month rotation, so half the class has been there three months already) saw the new crowd come in and said loudly, “damn, there’s no girls?” And I thought, fucking typical, but then he went on, “because having a girl or two in the group really helps settle down a lot of the man talk. When it’s all dudes, it tends to go overboard.” And that was a really decent point. I think a lot of guys forget that the measuring tapes we use are for lumber, not our dicks. Having an all-male group tends to amplify typical macho bullshit to absurd levels.
And yeah- most of the arguments I’ve heard about why women shouldn’t do these jobs are ridiculous. “Women aren’t as strong!” Neither is your 17 year old, 110 lb labourer with the teen stache. “Women don’t know about tools!” Neither did I three years ago. “Women change the work atmosphere!” Uh, yeah. As my classmate pointed out, it’s generally in a good way. So stop chasing them out of our industry.

ceorfaex:

helenkellerandthetempleofdoom:

icecooly94:

teacupnosaucer:

whoneedsfeminism:

I need feminism because “Who hired a stripper” shouldn’t be the first thing said to me when I walk into a welding job.

women in trades are treated like such fucking shit. 

NO I’M STILL STUCK ON THIS WHY WOULD ANYONE SAY THIS TO A WOMAN HOLDING A BLOWTORCH

I’m treated pretty well, in my trades job…but I also an unionized, and work for a company run on tax payers dollars. There’s still sexism…and we do still need feminism!
My job, is one of the better/best environments a woman in the trades, can hope for…and yet, I still get guys railing on me, trying to justify that most woman aren’t fit to learn the trade (due to, not having enough knowledge of tools, beforehand). I can’t imagine how awful it must be to work in other trades environments, as a woman (or gender queer).

Something I think about a lot in my work environments. The kinds of attitudes I encounter at these places are just really… unfortunate. I want to say “disappointing” but it’s actually just confirming a lot of stereotypes. A lot of dudes I’ve worked with are flatly racist, sexist, and homophobic, and they think you’re a freak if you’re not. Those attitudes exist elsewhere in the working world, I’m not gonna pretend it’s all sunshine and rainbow parades in the white collar world, but it’s not nearly so blatant or hostile.

One thing that was kind of funny, and almost reassuring, was my first day of classes. One of the seniors (it’s a six month course with a three-month rotation, so half the class has been there three months already) saw the new crowd come in and said loudly, “damn, there’s no girls?” And I thought, fucking typical, but then he went on, “because having a girl or two in the group really helps settle down a lot of the man talk. When it’s all dudes, it tends to go overboard.” And that was a really decent point. I think a lot of guys forget that the measuring tapes we use are for lumber, not our dicks. Having an all-male group tends to amplify typical macho bullshit to absurd levels.

And yeah- most of the arguments I’ve heard about why women shouldn’t do these jobs are ridiculous. “Women aren’t as strong!” Neither is your 17 year old, 110 lb labourer with the teen stache. “Women don’t know about tools!” Neither did I three years ago. “Women change the work atmosphere!” Uh, yeah. As my classmate pointed out, it’s generally in a good way. So stop chasing them out of our industry.

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