|RE: Gender differences and filters to joining||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Racheli&John (jnpalmeattglobal.net)|
|Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2000 14:59:48 -0700 (MST)|
** Reply to note from floriferous [at] msn.com Fri, 29 Dec 2000 13:30:33 -0600 >From Racheli Rob wrote (in part): > Here is an example of where a perceived gender difference had a potentially > noticeable effect on a visitor to my community. I was giving a tour to a > couple over the summer. She had asked several questions relating to what > the woman do, with an obvious note of disappointment that there were no > woman contractors. We toured the commonhouse and she noticed that months > dinner sign ups(and this might be common I don't pay attention) that ALL the > cooks that month were women. Coupled with a notice on the adjacent bulletin > board about some kids event which was organized by women. So she got a > pretty clear idea that woman's roles in our community are pretty > traditional and this was not what she wanted. The above example shows, I think, that *some* of what was done in that particular community was done along traditional gender lines. This is certainly interesting/useful information, but drawing from it too many conclusions is a mistake, IMO. The "which people are on which committee" info. could prove misleading, because even if women sit on a male-type committee, they might hold a back-seat there, so that being listed as a committee member doesn't necessarily tell all that much. On the other hand, some people who are seemingly "traditional", might prove otherwise if one cares to look further/deeper. > There is nothing to stop men from signing up to do children's events, or > women doing contracting work (one is doing this now for her own house, but > not by choice, more by circumstance I think). This isn't true, except in the superficial sense. There is *a lot* which stops men from doing things with children, and at least as much which stops women from doing contracting work. The whole perpetuation of culture has depended on keeping such distinctions alive. I think this isn't always bad. If the women are really happy doing "womens' stuff", and the men are truly happy doing "men's stuff", then that's ok. Problems arise if/when people would actually like to try doing other things, but aren't feeling empowered to do so. Other problems come up when certain types of work get more recognition/rewards than others, which is usually the case. R.
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