Also, the child-care thing is a load of bullshit.
How do I know?
I was going to be a schoolteacher. I happen to work very well with children. I’m also a male. But I didn’t do it. Why?
The worldview you portray in your comment above, is the prevailing worldview.
I would be eyed with suspicion because I’m “supposed to be in a tough job therefore I have other intentions”, which is a load of crap.
So, I didn’t do it. Went into computers instead. No regrets, but believe me when I say: Occupational gender lines based on 19th century style darwinism? Bullshit.
Tendencies that run along gender lines does not equate to ALL MEN this and ALL WOMEN that.
I have no doubt there are ‘tendencies”. But to regulate those tendencies into a strict system with no-crossing over? That’s the bullshit area.
Averages that turn into policy result in a segregated society. I remember it in school. My above-average – not fitting on the bell curve put me in the same “not fitting in” as the kids in the slow classes. Made me a ‘misfit” because I wasn’t “average”.
As education and government is relying more and more heavily on statistics and averages, public policy is being guided by these very same averages.
This is why it’s a dangerous line of thinking that you espouse. There’s not much margin when averages become law. The individual should be the primary focus, not the averages.
a) I’m starting with individuals.
b) Measure two individuals. One is male, one is female.
c) If both are equally qualified, hire the one better fitting underrepresented class.
d) If man is more qualified hire man.
e) if woman is more qualified, hire woman.
Zack, do you hire the world all at once?
Are you hiring at random?
Or are you hiring the people who show up?
When the heck does somebody hire the world? When do random people EVER GET PICKED OUT for hiring?
HEY RANDOM DUDE, WANT A JOB? OH WAIT YOU’RE A DUDE, I NEED A WOMAN. HEY RANDOM WOMAN, WANT AJOB” – that’s not how it works ANYWHERE.
I live on this planet. Numbers are fun for school. Real world has real people in it.
It barely works as it is. Here’s what I want:
You’re a citizen.
You are being represented by people with powers you don’t have.
This includes police.
This includes judges.
This includes educators.
This includes whatever other categories I said.
These are people whose jobs are PUBLIC jobs, designed to work for THE PUBLIC.
Who is the public?
… wait… Zack… move your head out of the male/female distinction here and into the greater context of the plurality of society. I can’t go further if you’re still limited to male v female only.
If that’s your solitary context, then you win, I agree with you out of kindness, and there’s not much else I can do. Have your evolutionary cake because I can’t argue such a limiting context with what I was going to talk about.