~ By Dixie Andelin Forsyth,
Recently I began thinking about the careers that even the most radical of feminists don't clamor for. They don’t want equality or sameness here. These jobs require a lot of masculine strength and frankly, testosterone. This is power we don't need, or even want in most cases. We have enough feminine power on our own. We don't have to be everything to everyone.
Women can intellectually do anything as well as a man. We can hold political office, run businesses and homes; lots of other things. We may not be able to equal men in all physical tasks, but why would we want to? Some careers require unique masculine abilities that are both difficult as well as dangerous. Here is a brief list of some of the world’s most dangerous jobs, all dominated by men. And it’s a good thing too. We need men to take on these difficult and often dangerous jobs. We are equal in value to men but we are definitely not the same. I am grateful men are willing to take on these occupations, aren't you?
Bull Riding: NO. This job is based almost entirely on brute strength and stamina, and it is physically very dangerous. As in most physical jobs, some women may be able to do it, but most are repelled by the idea of purposefully climbing onto an angry animal to see how long the rider can avoid being kicked off. Women are never going to be able to compete at top levels of such a physical sport.
Deep Sea Fishermen: Not only does this career pay poorly but it has a high mortality rate including the risk of being lost at sea. It is also physically demanding and many women will not have the required stamina. In a job where strength and endurance are what separate the worker from a terrible death, women are well advised to seek employment elsewhere. And we’re almost universally glad to.
Flight Engineers: They face a continued risk of a crash and work with huge moving parts that make up planes. Besides working in a physically demanding field, they are at risk of developing more than their share of chronic diseases.
Loggers: At this point, you may see a pattern here of physically demanding jobs where things get dangerous when the employee is not physically prepared. Loggers not only face the possibility of being cut by equipment but also trees falling on them. They must get more out of this than just the money.
Iron and Structural Steel Workers: People in welding jobs, those doing steel-work on high-rise buildings and those indulging in similar sorts of work, are at high risk of death while working. The risk of getting a shock due to faulty equipment and falling makes this career very dangerous. Next time you go to any reasonably large city notice the beautiful and very tall buildings. They are virtually all built by men who have the physical strength and sheer courage to tackle this occupation. Most women are repelled by these jobs.
Recycle Waste Collectors: These workers risk being bitten by snakes or being attacked by wild animals while picking up waste materials. They also risk being cut by broken glass making this more dangerous than most of us would like. And not appealing to most women.
Miners: Mining is and has always been a dangerous profession. Lack of air supply and the high probability of being trapped underground makes it one of the riskiest jobs in the world. They have to be, strong, have great endurance, and be unusually brave.
Special Military Forces: I only recently heard about this specialty (in the USA) accepting women to their training program. The stamina and strength it takes to become one of these elite military soldiers is daunting for even the best of men, let alone the strongest of women. So far, no woman has been able to pass their strict, demanding requirements. These soldiers are trained to risk and even give their lives in very dangerous situations where physical strength and endurance means not only the individual’s life, but his companion and any others, not to mention the security of his country.
Underwater Welders: Need I say more? Very dangerous even though the pay, I hear is
Jousting: This sport is making a comeback. It’s exciting and beautiful to watch but still remains very dangerous, even for men. There are a few women who attempt it but the risks are not worth taking for feminine women. It takes a lot of physical strength and women have more vulnerable places to be injured than men do. There is a reason it was never a woman’s sport historically.
(Above statistics are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and also other labor and establishment rights organizations from around the world)
Many men actually like doing these jobs. The world has enough tough masculine women. We can do almost anything that physically we are capable of. But we don't even come close to men in terms of physical strength and endurance. Besides being dangerous, most, if not all of these careers don’t allow us to access our greatest power base, that of being feminine women.