Lily Ledbetter at the DNC (via stfusexists)
THIS WAS SO AWESOME.
The more I read this Tumblr “Feminists are Sexist,” the more I realize Tumblr “egalitarians” are self-hating women who enforce traditional gender roles even though they claim to reject “gender bias.”
I mean, let’s look at society as an employer. The employer wants all its employees to be useful and valuable, otherwise, there’s no point in paying them. And what does our employer need in order to perpetuate itself and grow? It needs strong backs to do the work of making things happen, and it needs people whose job it is to provide more strong backs to replace the ones that wear out or retire.
Women provide those strong backs by bearing children. This is their primary role, because it’s an important one and who the hell else is going to do it? Because this role is so important, and because women’s ability to effectively do this job requires safety, support and assistance, women are often pigeonholed into a position where those needs can be efficiently and consistently met. They are “warehoused” in safe little cubicles, and not permitted to engage in work that could put them at serious risk of not being able to perform their primary function. Instead, they are relegated to safe, relatively easy tasks in between their periodic larger, more important projects.
The attributes that are most valuable in a female employee are a willingness to take direction, an ability to make their individual needs known so they can be met, and the physical characteristics considered most helpful in performing that primary function many times over.
What role does that leave for men? It leaves them the job of being the strong backs. They do the heavy lifting, they tinker with the high voltage wiring that services the office complex, they go out into the dangerous world and return with provisions and office supplies.
Can a man fill that single, primarily “female” job? Well, no. No he can’t. Like not at all. His entire value to the company is in his ability to perform the more difficult, risky, strenuous jobs so that women can enjoy light duty while they contribute in more important ways. To perform these jobs, he requires certain attributes—physical strength, sanguinity in the face of danger, a willingness to take risks, a sense of putting others before himself, and a drive to perform. The more of these attributes he has, the more valuable he is to the company. The fewer he has, the more likely he is to get fired. He won’t be placed on retainer or earn a pension if it looks like the company can’t use him for anything, because if the company does that, he’ll only be a burden on their payroll.
So even in an office, a woman’s greatest potential is getting pregnant/giving birth. Their career is always based off of their presumably fertile womb, and employers WILL hire them just because they have said fertile womb. And that fertile womb IS career aspiration, so women don’t need to have any others. But men, even though they get to run the companies and do the work of two people, are in a constant state of womb envy because their job is not as important as a woman’s primary birthing-baby function.
What about women who don’t want to become mothers? What about women who are single? What about women who are sterile? What about women are are gay, or trans? Are they all failed, less important women? Because it sure seems the only way to be a valued, important, legitimate woman is to use the ways of your uterus.
Geez, why are women outnumbering men in universities if they can find well-paying jobs so easily with their constantly ovulating uteruses? Why go back to school to get your masters so you can be paid as much as a man with his BACHELORS when politicians like Sen. Grothman of Wisconsin continue to say women don’t want to be primary breadwinners, anyway.
By the way, women “go out into the dangerous world and return with provisions and office supplies.” A majority of women still make up the secretarial pool, and they’re the ones who make the Staples runs.