While women strive for equality, men are in denial.
This article posted on askmen.com brought up many of the interesting issues we talked about in class regarding gender biases against women in the work place. I was especially intrigued by the chart on the second page of the article which outlined many of the different behaviors men and women exhibit in the workplace. Of the eight characteristics listed, all of them show the favorable attributes women display compared to men. It is obviously a generalization, but I can relate to all of the items and have seen them in everyday interactions with men and women. This article was written by a man, and his insightful commentary is impressive. He states that while women have made great strides in achieving some steps toward gender equality in the workplace, many men write these successes off to women using their attractive looks or flirting skills to achieve what they want.
As we learned in class, this may be a valid point, but only to a minimal extent. It was shown in studies that women were more likely to receive better scores in class based on attractive looks. Some women may use this to their advantage, but doesn't that leave men to blame for treating women differently based on physical appearance? Also, once a women is in an upper level position, she will have to use her skills to maintain that position. More women are graduating from colleges now than men are, so the education gap between the sexes is decreasing. Even with this closing gap, some jobs will always be seen as men's work, such as police officer, farmer, and garbage man. This is based on surveys given to men and women. It doesn't mean women aren't capable of doing these jobs, just that they have a stigma about them that decreases the likely hood women will do those jobs.