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trini47 | Student, Grade 9 | Honors

Posted December 22, 2012 at 2:46 AM via web

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More and more women are entering fields that were formerly reserved for men. Present a class debate on whether there are still some jobs that are better suited to one sex or the other.

I do not think that there is any job or career subjective to one gender or the other. That is because women are entering fields or doing jobs that we used to think as men only. They are doing auto-mechanics, CEO’s, construction and many more. But that is not to say the same for men. Men are now entering fields and doing jobs that we used to think as women only. Men are doing cosmetology, nursing, beauty queens and much more. There are only a handful of jobs that are subjective to either gender, such as a career like escorting or playing professional sports. Overall most careers have a chance to be male or female, it just depends on what a member of either gender may strive for.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 22, 2012 at 3:10 AM (Answer #2)

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I tend to agree with you (I'm a man who quit working full-time to be the main child care-giver for the family), but I think that we have to distinguish between things that one sex is innately better at and things that they are better at because of socialization.

In other words, I don't believe that women are, for example, inherently better at being grade school teachers.  However, they may be socialized to be better because it may be that they are trained by our society to act in ways that are more suited for that particular job.  So there's a difference between saying one sex is naturally better at something and saying that our society molds them to where they are better at it.

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 22, 2012 at 3:07 PM (Answer #3)

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I agree that there are only a handful of specialized jobs better suited to one gender or the other. Many of our gender-specific views of who should have what job are simply historical and not based on anything but the fact that we have always seen that job filled by a particular gender. 

For instance, the job of being a football referee or a baseball umpire is not better suited to one gender or the other. Yet we have really only seen one gender perform the job.

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luiji | Student, Grade 11 | Salutatorian

Posted December 24, 2012 at 1:37 AM (Answer #4)

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Nowadays women can pretty much do what ever they want, which is very different to what it was like 30 years ago... But there are still some specialized jobs:

Women as hairdressers... you do get some men doing hairdressing or working in a hair salon, but it is mostly women nowadays.

Men as security guards... you rarely find women who are security guards...

Men as taxi drivers... a woman would be crazy to be a taxi driver, no offense...

Women as nurses... although there are male nurses, it is still more common to have female nurses.

Women at day-care centres... men are rarely found working in day care centres...

On the whole, these jobs aren't suited to one gender better than the other, but it just happens that it is more popular for a particular gender.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 12, 2013 at 6:35 PM (Answer #5)

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There are many jobs that are still dominated by men or by women, but the question I find most fascinating is women in the military.  Right now, women are not supposed to serve in combat positions.  However, the women are in the war zone.  They are in combat, whether we want to accept it or not.  It's time to give them respect.

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bel-bel | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted February 6, 2013 at 8:22 AM (Answer #6)

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More and more women are entering fields that were formerly reserved for men. Present a class debate on whether there are still some jobs that are better suited to one sex or the other.

I do not think that there is any job or career subjective to one gender or the other. That is because women are entering fields or doing jobs that we used to think as men only. They are doing auto-mechanics, CEO’s, construction and many more. But that is not to say the same for men. Men are now entering fields and doing jobs that we used to think as women only. Men are doing cosmetology, nursing, beauty queens and much more. There are only a handful of jobs that are subjective to either gender, such as a career like escorting or playing professional sports. Overall most careers have a chance to be male or female, it just depends on what a member of either gender may strive for.

I agree with all your points, but was just curious about your inclusion of professional sports in jobs that are subjective to specific genders. Both genders can play any sport, and there should be opportunity for it to be professional for both genders.

 

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