Another man bites the dust, but don’t forget to mention about women too.August 29, 2012
Caught this on Global TV last night. I can’t embed the video so go to the link below and watch the clip.
See if you can spot the part that made me kinda spit a little beer out of my mouth. I’ll wait.
Didn’t hear it? I’ll give you a clue. It happens at the 47 second mark when the constable is talking.
Did you notice the only female in this report is the reporter narrating?
Some Canadian stats:
A recent 131-page report titled A Roadmap to Men’s Health, produced by a medical team from SFU, UBC and Vancouver General Hospital, found that men are the victims of more than 97 per cent of all Canadian workplace deaths. (article)
A Kanetix.ca insurance report entitled Jobs that can kill: Workplace fatalities in Canada by gender:
There were 1,097 Canadians killed at their place of work in 2005 according to a recent study by the Centre for the Study of Living Standards. When we take a look at who these people are, the gender trend is clear; the average rate of workplace deaths in Canada in 2005 was 30 times higher for men than women. In other words, 97 per cent of the people killed on the job were men. In actual numbers, of the 1097 reported workplace deaths in 2005, 1069 were male workers while the remaining 28 were female workers. The study also reports, the rate of workplace death is rising for men and falling for women. (article)
Some U.S. stats supplied by the beautiful Carolina in her smashing article Do Any Women Work at the Dirty, Difficult and Dangerous Jobs that Men Do? Any Women At All?
- “In 2006, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Stats, 5,396 men and 444 women were killed on the job. Women were only 7.5% of on-the-job fatalities.”
- “And, btw, the 412 rescue workers who were killed in the 9/11 attacks were…all men.”
- 99% of coal miners are men.*
- 99% of garbage collectors are men.*
- 100% of deep sea fishermen are men.
- 100% of electrical power line installers are men.
- 100% of roughnecks (work the oil drill) are men.
- 99% of auto repair mechanics are men.*
- 99% of roofers are men.*
- 100% of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics are men.
- 98% of metal fabricators are men.
- 97% of aircraft maintenance and service technicians are men.
- 95.5% of firefighters are men
- 92% of construction workers are men.
- 88% of patrol officers are men.
Originally i wanted to do a post that would examine a day in the life of a typical female HR office worker, and show the 6 degrees of separation that detail exactly how many thousands of men she actually relies on throughout the day to make her the strong ‘independent’ woman that she is. I realized the task was going to be TOO daunting because of all the connections and overlap. Perhaps one day ill go back and just choose 3 items that most women use in daily life and show the thousand male connections required to allow her to be able to use that item. It really is mind blowing.
Just for a real quick example. Think of something as simple as how many men are required to allow you to eat with a classy decorative fork. Try and envision an episode of ‘How it’s Made’ while following the forks journey.
The classic Stainless Steel Fork
- Mining operations to extract out iron, chromium and nickel.
- Loading/transporting of materials to refineries with heavy construction equipment
- Raw materials need to be smelted and refined at massive plants
- These materials need to be melted down and poured into blank sheets
- Sheets are fed through massive presses to stamp out blanks
- Blanks are rolled, annealed and polished to spec on more machines
- Packaged in plastic and cardboard boxes on assembly line
- Transported to your local IKEA for you consumption pleasure
I didn’t even go one degree beyond, much less six. Going into the power required to run those refining plants, presses or machinery, danger involved in blasting mountains, building and fueling the heavy equipment engineered to excavate those materials out of the ground, working in 1,000 degree furnace environments, fuel required for transportation, making sure necessary infrastructure is in place, etc.. going the full 6 degrees of separation would require one hell of a diagram linking all the different material/energy/labor resources of hundreds of overlapping occupations.
Both Danny and Carolina have talked about a stupid show called “The Week the Women Left”. The premise is really fucking stupid and there has been some debate amongst the sphere about what a show would look like if the script were reversed and all the men left. Funnily enough, that show was already made.. they just fucked up on the title of the show…
So the next time some strong independent beast of a woman tells you the world would be better if run by women or better yet, if all men just dropped dead or were eradicated.. simply tell them to walk down any street, and take a good look around them. The houses, the telephone poles, the power lines, the phone lines, the generators, the street asphalt, the manhole leading to the sewage system, the cars on the road, the road itself, the sidewalks, the traffic signals, the elevated highways, the power grid, the highrise condo’s.. who put them there?
And everyday items you use for convenience? When you turn on the light switch, or the microwave, tv or hairdryer? Who’s generating the power? Who built the hydro electric dams? Who engineered, built, maintain and run the nuke plants? Who blasts, digs out and hauls the coal for the coal fired plants? The hardwood floor you love to tell your friends about? The newspaper you read, the paper you write on? Who took down those trees? Transported them? Processed them?
What about the fuel you pump into your car? What about the plastic housing of your hairdryer? What about lipstick you put on your face? Who works on the rigs, derricks and floating platforms at sea to pump out the oil? Who works at the refineries to process that crap into gasoline and petroleum? The list of things touched by this one resource below in terms of our current society is mind boggling!
To enable women to be independent requires the collective efforts of thousands of men. It make me think of a quote from StarShip Troopers.
“M.I. does the dying; Fleet just does the flying.”
I work in downtown Toronto, and there are condo buildings popping up around me like high school boys when the sexy science teacher starts talking about biology. I walk past three construction sites on a daily basis near where i work. I see hundreds of hard hats a day.
Not. One. Woman.
Women enjoy so many conveniences on a daily basis that they take for granted because the men in the background toil and die for societies net benefit. Now… i’m sure i can hear the shrill noises of a thousand used up and goitered feminists yelling that i enjoy these benefits too and couldn’t be independent on my own either. Not every man has the knowledge required to create every modern convenience on his own, but they work together as part of a whole for the collective good. This is why men do dangerous jobs, because someone has to. If it came down to it, i’d be capable to work in a mine, or on a skyscraper, on the road, collecting trash, etc.. life would continue on as men would step up to the plate.
Imagine if every man just said ‘fuck it, let the women do it‘. Or if men really did just disappear one day. How many women would ‘man up’ and start doing these things? How many of them would wish for men to come back as civilization crumbled around them and were left to fend on their own, far removed from this clean civil society? How many of them would instantly revert to the demur, submissive, woe is me i am fragile and need protection and provisioning female in a microsecond when civilization starts to get a little grimy?
And my sincere condolences go out to the poor guy who fell off that roof and died.
Thought experiment for the day. Just look around you throughout the day and take nothing for granted. Explore where everything you interact with comes from and how it got there.
Prepare to feel smaller.