Women and the work force

For many decades, many professions have had the word “-man” at the ending. Such as Policeman, Fireman, Businessman, and so on and so forth. Also jobs have have been made to where they are only certain for type of sex, Doctors are usually male and the nurses are usually female. But over the course of time women have taken over these so called “man jobs” and showed that they can do it as well. So now a lot of professions have actually changed the job title from waiter or waitress to server, women are also taking on more important roles such as CEO positions. Still, sadly, women are under paid and a lot of the time are second runner up when it comes to a higher level job. I think women deserve to be given the chance to show many that they can take on a role as a higher level person and just do it as well as the man would, or maybe even better. 

 

Kelsey Myers 

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Society’s “Ideal” Beauty

When many young women think of a beautiful woman, many think of actresses and models such as many times the Victoria’s Secret models. They’re all tall, skinny, and “perfect” nothing about them seems to be wrong with them when women look at them. But something that many people don’t see is that you don’t have to live up to what others think the way you should look, but unfortunately in today’s times you have to look a certain way, be a certain size in order to be considered beautiful. If you don’t have the certain look than you’re almost looked down upon. Everywhere you look you can see where there are messages in magazines about how to “Look Your Best” and lose all this weight, or how to make yourself look younger. Many women right now are not seeing what they really are and what they’re suppose to be, their trying to see themselves as what the culture we live in wants them.

Kelsey Myers

Gender Dynamics

I used to always think the workforce was fair towards everyone until I took Women Studies. After taking this class I started realizing just how unfair the workforce can be towards women, especially in the place I work. I work at a Golf and Country Club in North Carolina. Just in case nobody knows what a Golf and Country Club is, it is a place where old rich people live during the summer or sometimes all year round. It’s a private country club and extremely fancy. There are a couple job titles one could obtain while working at the country club. They had Valet’s and bag boys outside of the club. The bag boys unloaded the golf bags from the members and load them onto the golf carts. The valet’s and bag boys were only guys. They did not have any girls working these positions. Inside the country club was where the members went to enjoy lunch during the day and dinner at night. During the lunch and dinner shifts, there were bussers, food runners and servers. At most restaurants bussers are known as buss boys, but not at this country club. When I first started working there, I was a busser. Luckily, about two weeks into it I got moved to a server. The food runners were for the most part, boys. They maybe would have a girl run the food if they were short a food runner. The servers could be anyone. While working here, it irritated me knowing they couldn’t have female “baggers” or valets but they could have female bussers and food runners. I just did not think it was fair that they would have the girls lifting the extremely heavy trays inside the building but couldn’t have them loading golf bags or parking cars. I mean, I’m all about equality. I didn’t mind having to buss and carry the trays, but I wouldn’t have mind getting to park cars or load golf bags either. Working at a place like this just really opens your eyes about how unfair and uneven things can be in a work place. 

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Nicole Greene 007

Be Confident

Short, skinny, fat, or tall,

There is nothing wrong with you at all.

Don’t listen to what they say, their comments will only ruin your day.

They’re just the same as you and I, why can’t they see that through their eyes?

Just because we shop at a different place, that doesn’t change our given race.

You can laugh all you please, but you will never feel the ease.

Love your fat self for who you are,

You shine as bright as a star.

Don’t be hurt by what they say, just continue on with you day.

Never walk around showing a frown because they’re not good enough to bring you down.

No matter how round you are,

You will be someone’s star.

 

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Women in the Workforce!

                Even in today’s times we can’t deny that women in the workplace get discriminated against. I have seen it many times in various places I have worked. The most recent being in a after school program that I worked at. Even though our site coordinator knew what she was doing and done her job very well, the higher up men were always hounding her on different things. I think a lot of times they hounded her just to be total jerks really. I feel like women also don’t receive the same pay as men in some workplaces. Other male site coordinators were making considerably more and had less experience. I feel that out right refusal of jobs just based on your gender happens more frequently than we think. It makes me wonder why they even but the non-discriminatory phrase on each application. It seems like a waste of time and is mainly a lie. Because it is illegal to discriminate I believe different firms and businesses find ways around this to get there point across.  I feel there needs to be a change within the work systems of todays. Men and women should be paid on the same pay scale and also get the chance to have the same type of jobs. Most think that women can’t do as much as men and that is very UN true. I’ve seen plenty of women that can work on cars and fix anything you put in front of them.  After noticing the difference that the lady I worked with got as far as treatment I feel both men and women should get the same treatment in the workplace.  I’ve heard some say that men now seem inferior to women in the workplace but I find this hard to believe after seeing it personally so many times.  Statistics say that women earn a little over 15% less a week than men earn and I see that as a probably. Men are not that much inferior over women so much that they make that percentage of money over them. There needs to be an immediate change in the workforce. I’m not exactly sure what the answer his but there has to be one out there. If people would just be a little more considerate I think that would be a good start.

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/gender-discrimination-in-the-workplace.html

 

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Heterosexism: the Social Norm????

the mere thought of hetero-sexism baffles me. I think back on the influences of society and the social conditioning of people at an early age, every television show and book endorsing the concept of ‘happily ever after’ as a means to condition children into accepting and practicing the norms set by our hetero-sexist society. Families are conditioned to stress the importance of heterosexuality to their children, and how social expectancy entails them to practice gender norms. With the help of the media, homosexuality appears to be nothing more than a choice to children who are conditioned to believe so. As much as I love Disney, I would love to see a princess movie that does not end in the finding of her ‘one true love’ (who just so happens to be a man…shocker!). With the help of network show such as Glee and The Modern Family, I do believe that heterosexist ideals are being challenged, it’s just unfortunate that these are matters we are dealing with in the 21st century. I don’t want to grow up and have to ‘explain’ homosexuality to my child, because there is no reason I should have to justify love. I’m hoping for a day when I can turn on a fun cartoon and see a cute, same-sex couple without society deeming it inappropriate and socially unacceptable.

Submitted by: Erica Collins

Domestic Labor Abuse in Hong Kong

Recently, an article has been released addressing the exploitation of Indonesian, domestic workers in Hong Kong. According to a report by CNN, Indonesian women are being recruited to work in Hong Kong under the promise of benefits, and are left in debt whilst trying to pay back recruitment fees. The conditions in which these women are working and the benefits being denied under the recruiting process has led to the call for government involvement in hopes of bettering conditions. Unfortunately, the money being earned from the domestic labor of these women benefits both Hong Kong and Indonesia, so little is being done to improve conditions and halt the recruiting process.

The Hong Kong Labour Department issued a statement dismissing accusations against them in regards to domestic labor abuse, claiming that they “do not allow abuse of FDHs [foreign domestic helpers] including underpayment of wages, non-granting of weekly rest days and statutory holidays etc.” despite the existing evidence that proves otherwise. These women are living in compromising conditions, working excessive hours and not being provided benefits promised under the recruiting process.

The economic status of these women makes for an easy target when recruited by Hong Kong labor unions. In relation to Patricia Collins’ piece “Toward a New Vision: Race, Class, and Gender as Categories of Analysis and Connection” which addresses the structure of power as it relates to class, the poorer women of Indonesia are targeted for their lack of power and privilege, thus providing cheap labor for the privileged, who abuse their economic status and power. It is upsetting to see that economic status permits the exploitation of others, and leads to unethical treatment of the less privileged. Patricia Collins addresses the concept of class and how, in some cases, “members of privileged groups can erase the very presence of the less privileged.” The concept of self-worth and power seems to be centered around the idea of high, social standing.

Fortunately, there is hope. Amnesty International addresses the matter and how they hope to improve conditions for these women, stating, “We need to see current laws enforced and people face justice for the exploitation. Only then will we start to see an end to forced labor from Indonesia to Hong Kong.”

Sources:

Collins, Patricia. “Toward a New Vision: Race, Class, and Gender as Categories of Analysis and Connection”. Women’s Voices/Feminist Visions. McGraw-Hill, 2012. Print. 60-67.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/21/world/asia/hong-kong-indonesia-domestic-workers-amnesty/index.html?iid=article_sidebar

Submitted by: Erica Collins