WOMEN'S & MEN'S WORK - WILL THEY EVER BE THE SAME?

The following excerpt is from the self help
psychology book, Be Your Own Therapist.


Of course there should be equal pay for equal work. Of course any qualified person should be seriously considered for any position. Also, there are obviously many women who enjoy nonverbal physical jobs and many men who are most comfortable in verbally-oriented tasks. Society needs to accept and provide equal opportunities for such choices. But I think the statistics will be forever unequal, even if we come to a society with no sexism. For the evidence seems clear that men and women usually do emphasize different sides of the brain (see previous chapter). This automatically will lead the majority of men and women to different choices in work. Ideally, our work should be what interests us the most and also what we do best.


Life for both sexes is arduous, difficult, a perpetual struggle. It calls for gigantic courage and strength..... Virginia Wolff

I doubt that equal male-female representation in any job category is either likely or desirable. In a previous chapter, I described how a typical girl is verbal and a typical boy is nonverbal (usually physically oriented). Does this continue to adulthood? Yes! What do we get but clusters of women in such verbal occupations as secretary, file clerk, and telephone operator? Meanwhile, men have clustered in nonverbal/ physical occupations such as tool operators, craftspeople and firefighters? Such clustering may have causes other than sexism.


One feminist response to such clustering would be to blame it on sexism and to also blame these paragraphs on male backlash. However, if the average woman naturally places more emphasis (than the average man does) on left brain activities such as sorting, details, and verbal activities, then any goal that tries to equalize male and female representation in the above job clusters is doomed. The average woman will be happier following her verbal left brain strengths and passions than following the more nonverbal physical route preferred by the average man.


The implications are many. A majority of women in a non-sexist society would probably gravitate toward being administrators, bankers, judges and accountants, also their traditional occupations such as secretaries, clerks and telephone operators. A majority of men in such a society would probably gravitate toward spatial and physical work as happens today. Many CEO jobs, which typically demand both styles of thinking, might well be filled by those with strong abilities on both sides of the brain.

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Because women and men favor different sides of the brain, it is not desirable that equal numbers of each sex be in most job categories. Equal opportunity, however, is HIGHLY desirable.

More Excerpts This Chapter
   WORK: DOING WHAT YOU LOVE
   THAT IMPOSSIBLE BOSS/ COMMITTEE
   JOB STRESS
   WOMEN'S & MEN'S WORK - WILL THEY EVER BE THE SAME?
   GENDER DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE
   THE GLASS CEILING
   COMPETITION: WHAT WE LEARNED
   COMPETITION: GOOD OR BAD?
   JOB DO'S


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