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Sexism in society

  1. Apr 2, 2014 #1
    I was sent a link to this short French film earlier today, although it doesn't go into all the details of issues I have faced in the past I found it interesting.

    http://www.upworthy.com/a-french-film-showing-men-what-being-a-woman-feels-like-kinda?g=2&c=reccon1


    Most of the sexism I encounter is rather casual, ie girls don't study maths/physics or don't like sci-fi. Being single I have often met men how have asked me out on dates and then lauched into a speech about how they'll look after me!
     
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  3. Apr 2, 2014 #2
    I couldn't get a job some years ago due to sexism - there were 2 candidates left for a spot and the girl got it, because she had dressed quite challengingly that day. Open decollete, heavy make up..you get the picture. It was a spot for a car workshop reception desk (the funniest bit about it is she didn't know much about cars and got a job doing something that requires quite a bit of general knowledge about cars and mechanics ). Other than that, those who want sexism to be a big deal, let them have it - I personally don't care.
     
  4. Apr 2, 2014 #3

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    My school is filled with extremist feminists. They scare the living hell out of me, not to mention their blatant hypocrisy takes away all of their credibility. The extremist feminists give the moderate, sensible ones a really bad name-you know, the class of feminists who actually get things done. Upworthy is filled with the former, not the latter.
     
  5. Apr 2, 2014 #4
    I can't say I've heard of upworthy before today and I haven't looked at anything else on the site.

    I have friends who believe in the fallacy of it's us against them. They are so wrapped up in the hatred they've acquired from feeling discriminated against that they fail to see that sexism against men and woman are not mutually exclusive. The bigger picture is far more complicated than any film or post could ever depict. Role models for both genders in the media are detrimental for children's self-esteem and morals. It seems that young people are encouraged to become caricatures; boys being athletic, arrogant, emotionally inept and girls being attractive, dumb and submissive. I have helped in a local school and girls at the age of 7 are shaving their legs and copying rihannas dance moves from some disgusting music video.

    Positive discrimination undermines everything I believe in. I have toyed with the idea of joining the military after uni and wasn't impressed that the fitness test requirements are lower for women. I personally will be meeting the male targets if i do decide on that career path!
     
  6. Apr 2, 2014 #5

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    I would avoid using it as with anything that is extremist. I consider myself a liberal but upworthy's over the top "liberalism" makes me cringe.

    Through the entertainment industry such encouragement has certainly been disseminated but I can't say I've ever come across encouragement of this kind outside of the entertainment medium. That's not to say such encouragement doesn't exist in every day life but it probably exists in a societal sphere which I do not belong to. No guy I know cares even the slightest about athleticism to the point of self-definition and no girl I know tries to be "dumb and submissive" nor does anyone force them to be.

    And it is but one facet of the disgusting levels of political correctness forced down the throats of modern American society that pisses me off-if only George Carlin were alive today.
     
  7. Apr 2, 2014 #6

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    In Auckland uni, girls who study postgraduate physics are not seen as unusual. The gender ratio is still disproportionate though...
     
  8. Apr 2, 2014 #7

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    May I ask why you have an issue with the physical fitness standards being different between men and women?
     
  9. Apr 2, 2014 #8

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    The US Marine Corps is having significant problems with this issue:
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/201...ale-fitness-plan-after-half-fail-pullup-test/
     
  10. Apr 3, 2014 #9
    Almost every characteristic of a person has some kind of associated form of discrimination these days, quite alarming really.
    People are not the same, and there shouldn't be any offense in pointing this out. People of different races are different and so are men and women.
     
  11. Apr 3, 2014 #10
    Ultimately both genders will be doing the same job and if called in to combat they will be carrying the same weight, using the same rifles and covering the same distances. The fitness tests should reflect this.
     
  12. Apr 3, 2014 #11

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    I agree that both men and women should be physically capable of doing their job. But, being in the Air Force for 12 years now, I can tell you that a general fitness test that is applied to everyone in their branch of service has no reason to be the same for both men and women. A woman in finance or vehicle maintenance has no reason to be held to the same standards as men when her job doesn't require her to be physically fit. I cringe when I think about how many women would fail their PT test if it were to be upped to what I have to do.
     
  13. Apr 3, 2014 #12

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    Perhaps this shows my ignorance about the US military, but shouldn't a fitness test be based on what specific activities or roles/jobs within the military that the individual (male or female) be engaged in? After all, I would presume that a front-line soldier in the US Army or a Marine Special Forces officer will have a very different set of fitness requirements compared to an engineer working in the US Navy or Air Force.

    (As an aside, there seems to be this underlying assumption that women are less physically fit than men, which is very far from the case).
     
  14. Apr 3, 2014 #13

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    Are you saying there's no strength-related sexual dimorphism in humans?
     
  15. Apr 3, 2014 #14

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    That's not what I'm saying at all -- there is evidence of strength-related and size-related sexual dimorphism in humans. What I am questioning is the (unspoken) assumption that women are less physically fit than men, and therefore may be less likely to succeed in the military.

    For example, russ_waters pulls a comment from Fox News stating that more than half of female Marines in boot camp cannot do 3 pull-ups. What is not stated is how many of the male Marines in boot camp cannot do 3 pull-ups. So I'm curious if somehow many of those in boot camp are simply not meeting the basic physical requirements.

    Also, there are many different types of combat roles in the various branches of the US military, probably with different requirements for physical fitness in each of them. Does one-size-fits-all fitness tests really measure how physically ready the candidates are in each of those roles?
     
  16. Apr 3, 2014 #15
    I am currently working on an raf base as a civilian. Men and women in the same trade still have different fitness level requirements and surely if you are first and foremost a soldier then you need to be fit enough to be called upon at any given time? From what I've witnessed the raf are far too lenient with any employee (regardless of gender) who reguarly fails fitness tests but that is off topic.
     
  17. Apr 3, 2014 #16

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    The Air Force physical fitness requirements apply to nearly everyone, no matter the career field. The only exceptions are jobs like special forces or fighter pilots, who must meet a higher/different fitness standard than the rest of us. So for about 99% of the Air Force the fitness requirements are identical. (Other than gender differences)

    It's not that they are less physically fit, it's that they have less physical strength on average, especially in the upper body, along with some other differences such as different center of mass, differently shaped hips, less muscle mass per body weight, etc.

    No, but most specialized combat units have different requirements than other units, and these requirements are typically more stringent.


    I'm a maintainer in the Air Force. There are certain physical requirements, such as the ability to lift 40 pounds above your head, that everyone must meet. But that isn't a measure of fitness. It's just a physical requirement. Women may be held to different physical standards than Men, but in my job, and in the majority of jobs in the AF, that level of fitness isn't even necessary to perform your job adequately.

    I certainly agree that some sort of standards for PT need to be in place, as exercise is generally healthy when done correctly, but I see no reason for women to have the same standards as men when it would drastically increase the amount of stress people already experience in regards to the PT test. The pro's don't outweigh the con's in my opinion.
     
  18. Apr 3, 2014 #17

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    Wouldn't push ups be be more geared toward men? Not only is it a fact that women have less upper body strength, but if you have large breasts, not only is it like having weights strapped to your chest, it throws you off.

    Sorry, this is hijacking the thread.

    Back to the thread topic.
     
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  19. Apr 3, 2014 #18
    Male Marines only have to be able to do three pull-ups? Now our enemies just need to build four walls in a row and we're screwed!

    The thread was hijacked right away (in a very predictable way, too), so I don't feel too bad.
     
  20. Apr 4, 2014 #19
    This video is stupid. I watched the first 2 minutes. Mainly, all they do is reverse social norms on the head so it looks weird (as well pretend 60's era male-sexism is common today). So their point is social norms shouldn't exist? :rolleyes: sigh

    It seems to me allot of these modern feminists are championing for equality in every part of society. Meaning; a 50-50 distribution in jobs and education, removal of any form of sex roles and that all men and women should act like their sex is irrelevant. Basically that masculinity and femininity are evils created by a male-dominated society to oppress women.

    Really, people are forgetting what feminism really is about; equal respect and free choice to live as one likes. It's not about forcing "equality" down everybody's throats. Though don't get me wrong, I'm all for exposing sexism and double standards in the work-place/education and so on.

    I think the fact that an average women weigh 1/3 less than an average male more than compensates. Besides, a soldier needs to be able to climb obstacles, sprint for cover and so on regardless of how unbalancing her breats are.
    Infantrists must be able to carry 20kg+ of equipment for days in all manners of terrain, while remaining in combat-ready shape. For this the vast majority of women simply do not have the required physique, and thus have no place on the front lines.
     
  21. Apr 4, 2014 #20

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    There are physical differences and it's just ridiculous for a woman to expect to be the same as a man. It's not discrimination, that's just the way it is.
     
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