Here’s the student paper that I referred to in my previous post (three examples of reverse rhetoric). Back in ’02 or ’03, we reversed the genders in it (and made a few other minor changes, if I remember right) and used it in our “Writing Center Travelling Roadshow” skits. We went into classrooms and did a little presentation about the Writing Center, including a mock consultation using this paper. That it was such an extreme paper (in tone, bias, etc) helped us to illustrate what we do during a consultation (and how calm and objective we can be even when what’s being said is off-the-wall or offensive).
The battle has been going on for a long time now. The men of our society claim that they don’t have the same rights that women do. Pick up any magazine and I can guarantee that you’ll find an article with some man whining and moaning that he isn’t as equal as the woman living next to him. What a joke! As far as I’m concerned men shouldn’t be equal to women even though they can be in many, many areas. I think it looks utterly ridiculous when a man is doing a job mainly directed at a woman. That’s just my opinion.
I know men don’t like to hear this, but from the beginning there were jobs meant for men and there were jobs meant for women to do. When you take a male and put him in a female-directed job, you’re going to have problems! For example, in my home town there is a hospital that hired a man as a nurse. He could never make it as a nurse, so they gave him the job of making appointments for patients. Believe it or not he cannot even handle doing this. A female can’t take out the trash, change the oil, or clean out the gutters like a man. I’m a female and I’m not afraid to admit that, but heaven forbid a male to ever admit that they’re not qualified as a female to do a female’s job.
I think we should just keep things the way they have always been. Again, I believe that there are jobs that God meant men to do and there are jobs She meant women to do. Most of the time when a man tries to do a female’s job, things just don’t work out. I wish the men would just bury the hatchet and let things be the way they were before.