Imagine a World Without the Jobs That Men Do

A large number of occupations are performed mainly by men. Many of these jobs are not only dirty, but quite dangerous — quite possibly helping to explain why very few women apply to do these jobs.

Here is a list of just a few of the jobs done primarily by men:

  1. 99% of garbage collectors are men.
  2. 100% of deep sea fishermen are men.
  3. 100% of electrical power line installers are men.
  4. 100% of roughnecks (work the oil drill) are men.
  5. 99% of auto repair mechanics are men.*
  6. 99% of roofers are men.*
  7. 100% of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics are men.
  8. 98% of metal fabricators are men.
  9. 97% of aircraft maintenance and service technicians are men.
  10. 95.5% of firefighters are men
  11. 92% of construction workers are men.
  12. 88% of patrol officers are men.

__Staked in the Heart
Here is one short list of some of the most dangerous occupations:

The Most Dangerous Jobs in America:

1. Fishing

2. Logging

3. Pilots / Flight Engineers

4. Structural Iron and Steel Workers

5. Farming / Ranching

6. Garbage Collector

7. Roofing

8. Installers and Repairmen Working on Electrical Power Lines

9. Truck Drivers

10. Coal Mining

What do most of these jobs have in common? Women make up less than 1% of the workers. __Staked in the Heart

An alternative list of dangerous occupations

Needless to say, without pilots, mechanics, oil workers, electrical power workers, miners, fishermen, firemen, and other dirty and dangerous jobs, modern life would be significantly different.

Other jobs where males dominate include theoretical physics, advanced computer science, high level engineering, advanced mathematics, and top level chemistry and chemical engineering.

In Human Accomplishment, Charles Murray looks at 4002 important and pivotal writers, philosophers, mathematicians, musicians, poets, astronomers, painters, physicists, biologists, and innovators in technology who shaped the modern world from historical times to the present. Almost all of them have been men. And consider all the famous explorers and adventurers. Most of them were men.

Imagine a world without the men who created the modern high tech world, and the men who keep it functioning and improving.

What gives men that “something extra” that leads them to risk everything, often for questionable rewards? More on that later.

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2 Responses to Imagine a World Without the Jobs That Men Do

  1. Musson says:

    Al,
    My son was in the field for a 13 day training excercise. Never even changed his socks
    during that time. All the women in his unit ended up with Vaginal infections.

    Longterm deployment in combat will lead to female sterility.

  2. Snake Oil Baron says:

    Women are considered to have intrinsic value–primarily for their reproductive role but also for their social skills and subsequent status. Men need to earn any value and status they are considered to have and on a continuing basis. Dangerous (and even dirty) jobs have value and status. The only way to be worthy of a mate is to be useful to someone or convey status. As one can see by the way we often fail our military vets in their retirement years, and in the high rate of suicide among middle-age men when they hit long-term unemployed status, the “what have you done for us lately” principle is pretty strong. Not to mention the high rate of female initiated divorce when they realize they can get a better social life and new options being single on his child support than as his Mrs. The state becomes the husband for the wife (loving and providing) and the ex-wife of the man (taking and controlling). The jobs mentioned above often come with higher pay relative to the social strata they draw from and some status–even garbage men are appreciated by many despite being looked down on by some, usually the elite. This money and status make them somewhat better a choice than a support cheque.

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