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Still a Man's World

By | April 2005
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In the article "Still a Man's World—Men Who Do ‘Women's Work'", written by Christine L. Williams she discusses the occupations which are predominately "women's jobs" and the benefits and challenges of men doing those jobs. It goes into detail about four particular jobs, nursing, elementary teaching, librarian, and social work. The first thought that came to me when reading this article, was the scene from "Meet the Parents" when they make fun of Greg for being a registered nurse. I think that it is great that men are moving into "women's" jobs. I found it still unfair that even when men have jobs that are mostly employed by women they still get paid more than women.

The article wasn't as much of a persuasive paper as it was an informative. It felt like Christine Williams wanted to let people know what was going on, how the world and gender roles are changing.

In my family, my sisters and I all want to go into teaching, my brother says he won't because that's a "women's job". That shows that there still are people who feel there is a difference in "women's work" and "men's work". It is becoming more common that women will take jobs that men are known to work in, such as law enforcement, lawyer, and engineers. In our society there will still be discrimination, either intentionally or not, for both men and women going into jobs that are predominantly employed by the other gender.

This shows us evidence that there still are gender based jobs, but they are starting to become less and less gender based.

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