Saturday, September 17, 2011
Danger: Men Working
Has anyone else noticed this sign above the Risley Dining entrance? Every time I pass by it, it bothers me. There are so many anti-feminist implications here, I can't help but rant about it. For one thing, it obviously states that women aren't construction workers. This is clearly untrue; there are plenty of female construction workers out there. Even if they aren't working on this particular building, the sign negates their existence. Also, it seems to imply that the reason women can't be construction workers is because of the "danger;" women are vulnerable, and can't handle a job such as this. Maybe I'm reading too far into it - it is only a sign, after all - but this is a perfect example of the stereotyping of women that we've been discussing in class. Just as female superheroes are never as strong as the men, this sign demonstrates the generally accepted view that women are never as strong as men in real life - certainly not strong enough to work in construction.