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"Men are expendable"
Topic Started: Jan 13 2018, 04:44 PM (71 Views)
George K
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Just from a blog, but an interesting look at dangerous jobs, and the gender gap:


Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit linked a story at The Chive: "These are the most dangerous civilian jobs in the United States."

He saw a gender gap. These jobs are dominated by men.

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Of course. Men are expendable.

It's biological. Our role in reproduction is limited to a night of fun, however the survival of the species also requires men to hunt food, defend the village, and to do things that require someone to hold their beer.

It is our nature.

Consider the cardinal. He is quite colorful. She has some red around the beak but is otherwise brown.

Romanticists say he acquires plumage to attract the ladies. I suppose.

But the red also attracts predators whom he can divert from the nest. Perhaps this makes him a more suitable mate.

In humans, being expendable also explains why more than 90% of combat deaths are men.

But men are far from noble. We also are more than 90% of those in prison.

There are societal reasons, of course. Men are not as sociable as women. Biology does not seem to explain that.

Being expendable explains why men have shorter life expectancies. They used to be the same because childbirth killed a lot of women, but medical breakthroughs have made childbirth safer.

John Merline used the gender gap in danger to explain the gender gap in pay:
Economist Mark Perry has for years noted that there's an even bigger and far more consequential gender gap in the workplace one that literally means the difference between life and death.

He notes that official government data show that men suffer almost all of the workplace fatalities that take place in a given year.

In 2015, for example, there were 4,836 workplace deaths, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of those, 4,492 were men, and 344 were women. In other words, men suffered 93% of workplace fatalities that year. This wasn't some aberration. From 2011 through 2015, men accounted for 92.5% of all workplace deaths.

Using the National Committee on Pay Equity's methodology, Perry came up with what he calls the Equal Occupational Fatality Day. Based on the different fatality rates, this day doesn't occur until January 21, 2029.

"That date," Perry says, mimicking the language of the NCPE, "symbolizes how far into the future American women will be able to continue working before they experience the same loss of life that men experienced in 2015 from work-related deaths."

This huge gap has nothing to do with discrimination, of course. It has everything to do with the type of jobs men and women voluntarily choose to take.

That's nonsense.

The top two jobs in workplace deaths -- timber and fishing -- don't pay much. Outside of airline pilots (and there were no commercial aviation deaths last year), I don't see many high-paying jobs on the list.

But Merline is on to something. Men take risks. They start companies and become billionaires. Women marry billionaires. Or are their daughters. Oh sure, there's Oprah. But the five richest women in the world -- Alice Walton, Jacqueline Mars, Maria Franca Fissolo, Susanne Klatten, and Laurene Powell Jobs -- are either widows or daughters.

The notion that men and women are the same is silly. We have the same rights, of course, but our biological functions are different.

Vive la difference.

Because when we stop vive-ing la difference, we will cease having babies.

And that's a real danger.
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