But we would get by.
Not so if men downed-tools for a week. I hazard we would be in strife well before the week was out.
The Tavern has been in need of some maintenance work and over the past few weeks we have had the stonemasons in (it is a very old Tavern), along with carpenters, glaziers, roofers, electricians and plumbers, etc. Every one of them has been a man.
We had a Tradies Night for them last evening and the place was packed. We appreciated them in Tavern fashion. Free Ale, all night, served by a Knight.
By the way, that photo above is a nonsense. Propaganda. It is never seen in real life. Five woman and four men. Tradies?
Yes, of course, in our 'equal society' such tasks can be done by women in equal numbers. But they aren't.
"Women can do anything a man can do - and better " - come the shouts from beyond the hedge, but they don't and won't.
A chap gets tired of hearing all the hubris and cant.
Were men to down tools we would be done for in a week.
Oz is a modern country, like America, Europe, and perhaps half a dozen other 'First World' Nations, and we depend on men to do ALL the essential work to keep us going.
The ladies make sandwiches. Except they do that less and less, and with more and more resentment.
That is an exaggeration, I know. Blame a customer for that one.
Yes, ladies work, but largely in offices doing the paperwork. Few are in the trades. No quotas for ladies in the trades. Quotas are reserved for boardrooms and politics. Ladies pulling the plug in the west would mean that our bills would be late.
But men pulling the plug would mean disaster.
Janet Bloomfield recognises this. She told us of what American men do. It is much the same in Oz.
What would a Men's Day Off look like?
I personally reckon that most of what she now speaks of would take a week, but who am I to argue with a lady.Time for a reality check.
First up, the entire power grid is down. 100% of power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers are men. Now, it’s possible that there are a few women working in these occupations, but however many there are, they do not make up even 1% of the total workforce, so statistically, 100% of the workforce is male.
91% of the nation’s electrical engineers are men, and if they don’t show up for work, there is no one to monitor and manage the nation’s electrical supplies. Assuming some automation (designed by men, naturally) kicks in for the day, we had all better pray there are no problems. 97.6% of electrical power line installers and maintenance workers are men.Lights out, ladies and gentlemen.
But they stop short of actually making the sandwiches!Don’t bother turning on your taps, either. Or flushing your toilets. 95.5% of water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators are men.Think you might be able to get out-of-town for the one day the men don’t show up?Think again.Planes are out.95.9% of aircraft pilots and flight engineers are men. If you happen to find a plane with a female pilot, don’t get too excited. 98.4% of aircraft mechanics and service technicians are men. You can, however, be assured of your comfort as you sit on a pilotless aircraft that has no mechanic for pre-flight clearance, because 77.6% of flight attendants are female.
Should you be lucky enough to find a female pilot and a female technician to clear you for take-off, you still have some praying to do. Statistically, 0% of air traffic controllers and airfield operations specialists are women.Of course, that doesn’t mean there are ZERO ladies working in air traffic control. There just aren’t enough to constitute even 1% of the workforce.Trains, of course, are also out.
100% of locomotive engineers and operators are men, as are 100% of the workers who operate railroad brakes, signals and switches. 94.4% of railway yardmasters are men, but if you chance upon a female yardmaster, it won’t help you much. She can’t operate the trains.You might have better luck with bus drivers, almost half of whom are women.But the streets are likely to be chaos. And there won’t be anyone on hand to help you navigate that.
87.4% of police and sheriff’s patrol officers are men. 96.6% of firefighters are men. 68.8% of Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics are men, so if it all goes tits up and you get hurt, there’s a small chance you might make it to a hospital.I hope you don’t get too badly hurt, though. 65.7% of all surgeons are men.Maybe you should just work from home? In the dark, mind you. With no running water.Uh-oh. Looks like that might be a problem, too.
For all computer and mathematical occupations combined, 74.4% of the workforce is male. Computer network architects, who design and implement all our computer based communications systems are 91.9% men. And 94.2% of radio and telecommunications equipment installers and repair technicians are men.Looks like that plan is frucked.
Hope it doesn’t get too hot, or too cold the day men don’t show up for work. Even if you had power, which you don’t, you would be hard-pressed to get anyone in to take a look at your wonky air-conditioner or furnace.98.4% of heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers are men.Oh well. Guess you’ll have to mosey on down to the local café, which has no power either, but what’s logic and consequence anyways? Be careful when you step over all that accumulating garbage! Remember that most EMTs are men, and they’ve taken the day off. Don’t want to get hurt now.Most garbage collectors are men, too – 93.4%, to be exact.You’ll need to stop at the ATM first, for a little cash injection.Oops. Don’t bother.The machine hasn’t been filled with money today. 81.5% of security guards and gaming surveillance officers are men. It’s unlikely the banks would be functioning anyways, with no men at work. 72.1% of all securities, commodities and financial services sales agents are men. 72.6% of the nation’s CEOs would be taking the day off, along with 70.9% of all the general and operations managers.Don’t count on getting a weather report today. Statistically, 0% of the nation’s atmospheric and space scientists are women.Actually, don’t plan on acquiring pretty much anything today.
So, there you have it. 'It' being just a glance at just a few instances of the essential work that is done by MEN.The workers in the entire production, transportation and material moving occupations are 78.2% men. Not only will no goods be moving on the day men go on strike, they won’t be made, period. 82.4% of all the industrial production managers are men.Nothing will be built or extracted from the earth in terms of raw materials. 97.5% of that workforce is male.Nothing will be installed, maintained or repaired. 96.8% of that workforce is male.If men took a collective day off, we would instantly be without power, without the means to communicate, without protection, without water, without trucks bringing us the food and products we take for granted, because men are the ones who provide all those things.-Janet Bloomfield was banned from Twitter after creating hashtag #womenagainstfeminismAll information taken from Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department of Labor.
None of the tradies in the bar said a word about doing anything a woman can do - better or otherwise.
I do wish the wimminz outside the hedge would put a sock in it.
But I guess that would be a man's job too.
And as a voice from a corner of the bar shouted over.... And yet, how many apocalyptic TV shows are saturated with kick ass women saving the day and beating those nasty, toxic males? I'll betcha there are feminists out there who think, bring on that no-male apocalypse, we'll show ya... lmfao!!!
Drinks all round and a special one for Janet.
Now, before you go, I am sure we can all find a similarly comprehensive list of all the things we depend on women for.
Give it a go. Let us have 'the other side'.