More Men are Taking 'Pink Collar' Jobs: OK or Unfair?

SodaHead News 2012/06/12 16:00:00
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Times are tough out there! Jobs are few and far between, for men and women. And men particularly are exploring some traditionally female-dominated professions. The New York Times reports that between 2000 and 2010 "occupations that are more than 70 percent female accounted for almost a third of all job growth for men, double the share of the previous decade."

As traditionally male jobs in construction and manufacturing dry up, men are branching out, and many are pleasantly surprised to find stability, as well as less stress in some cases and more time at home, according to the report. The Times says: "While women continue to make inroads into prestigious, high-wage professions dominated by men, more men are reaching for the dream in female-dominated occupations that their fathers might never have considered." Dental assistants, receptionists, nurses... it's all fair game. Or is it? Are men taking spots women have worked for years to earn?

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  • Charmaine 2012/06/27 07:40:13
    How people make a living is of no concern to me as long as it is respectable, moral, and they are not being paid with tax dollars!!!
  • ajracestables1 2012/06/17 17:27:42
    If it pays the bills, who cares?
  • zbacku 2012/06/16 17:09:07
    Women have been taken men's jobs for decades.
  • 001 2012/06/16 15:27:17
    Ridiculous, no job is only for a man or only for a woman. Jobs are hard to get for everyone, us females don't have the right to claim jobs just because we feel they should be done by a woman. It's about skill, not gender.
  • TasselLady 2012/06/16 13:51:26
    At least they're willing to WORK. We have a generation of people now who want everything handed to them, but they sure don't want to work for it. Kudos to anybody who is willing to step up to the plate instead of sitting on their lazy arses doing nothing all day while everybody else supports them.
  • william keegan 2012/06/16 09:11:55
    william keegan
    A job is a job! Better than being out of work. As long as a person is qualified, why worry about the gender of the worker?
  • Party Boy [A7X Bat] 2012/06/16 07:28:24
    Party Boy [A7X Bat]
    Women explore dominantly male professions, men explore dominantly female professions....... Sounds fair to me!
  • 13_JunkyardDog 2012/06/16 06:57:12
    Whats good for the goose is good for the gander
  • Eric B. 2012/06/16 04:05:38
    Eric B.
    What's unfair is giving a job a title that suggests that it has a gender.
  • ThinkAboutIt! 2012/06/16 04:01:36
    Pink can be quite a manly color.
  • iamthemob ~ the 444th Guru ~ 2012/06/16 03:05:03
    iamthemob ~ the 444th Guru ~
    It's more unfair that there is still a valid claim that there is such a thing as "Pink Collar" jobs.
  • Loki 2012/06/16 02:21:08
    "[...] Dental assistants, receptionists, nurses... it's all fair game. Or is it? Are men taking spots women have worked for years to earn?

    How can men "take" spots from women that were historically relegated to women by patriarchal society exactly?

    Furthermore, it seems slightly outrageous to belittle the roles of dental assistants, receptionists, nurses, and others by dismissing them as "women's work" of the past which was hard to achieve. The hard work for women came in attending professional school, earning degrees, and taking on fields that have been traditionally male dominated.

    Writing aside, there isn't anything wrong with a man working in these positions -- if a man is equally qualified as a woman or a woman equally qualified as a man (or perhaps better in either instance) they should receive the job. An individual's gender ought to have nothing to do with it, a job is a job. There is really nothing such as "women's work" or "men's work" -- there are individuals who regularly break stereotypes about professions. No sense in labeling.
  • BB 2012/06/15 23:40:34
    If woman want equality with men thay should be okay with it. Also they should have to sign up for the draft when thay turn 18 like I had to...
  • mk, Smartass Oracle 2012/06/15 21:41:34
  • dvd 2012/06/15 19:08:10
  • kar 2012/06/15 17:27:41
    While I think it is fair, I would prefer to not have a male nurse tending to me in the hospital if it involves anything personal. That is just my preference. I am old fashion I guess, but I married my husband and he is the only man I want to see my personal parts. I prefer females doctors as well. But Yes, it should be about the ability to do the job well, not whether you are male or female.
  • Amit Haramaty 2012/06/15 16:06:59
    Amit Haramaty
    My mistake... ment 2 press OK.... ><
  • HelmetGirl 2012/06/15 15:21:39
    I have noticed that I've been waited on by more lovely young men lately....ok by me.
  • greg 2012/06/15 15:13:36
    ya gotta pay the bills.......
  • 10997 2012/06/15 15:11:02
  • Alexis82 2012/06/15 13:26:33
    It's all in the Constitution.
  • jeffro2010 2012/06/15 10:24:40
    Ever hear of equality! It works both ways!
  • Karl 2012/06/15 09:24:13
    Well I would hope that it's OK, considering I'm going for one of those "pink collar" jobs.
  • aneed2know 2012/06/15 09:12:56
    although i find that men generally lack the empathy to do healthcare work, that women have. Its still fair
  • BlairCat 2012/06/15 05:15:34
    I change my own oil, change my own flat tires.....hmmmm.
  • Rusty S... BlairCat 2012/06/16 12:26:03
    Rusty Shackleford
    I find a woman who can change her own oil and tires very sexy.

    If you can operate a table saw and a drill press, I'm yours.
  • BlairCat Rusty S... 2012/06/21 01:30:03
    TeeHee*, I'm afraid my skills don't go that far. lol
  • JayLynx 2012/06/15 05:14:06
    So cute!
  • findthelight2000 2012/06/15 03:09:00 (edited)
    People have to make a living, and a woman's job is just as suitable for a man as a man's job is for a woman. That is until the Republicans make sure we all have a job in some slave labor camp somewhere, and our children in workhouses again! But hey..., it's what you want if you vote republican!
  • fortyca... findthe... 2012/06/15 06:57:40
    Well, considering that the presumptive Republican nominee is basically a Democrat, I guess you make a reasonable assertion. ;)
  • Grammar... fortyca... 2012/06/15 11:50:30
    Grammar Freak
    They're all the same... thieves & liars destroying our constitution.
  • findthe... fortyca... 2012/06/15 14:21:47
    You are absolutely stupid if you think Mitt Romney is a Democrat!
  • fortyca... findthe... 2012/06/15 14:37:48
    Oh, now you're calling me stupid? Show me a substantive difference between fascist banker-puppet Obama and fascist banker-puppet Romney. Let's see how much you actually know, rainbow boy.
  • findthe... fortyca... 2012/06/15 18:20:32
  • fortyca... findthe... 2012/06/15 20:35:40
    That's what I thought--you've got nothing but b/s.
  • findthe... fortyca... 2012/06/15 14:23:58
    White Supremacist anarchist, Ron Paul lost..., get over it!
  • fortyca... findthe... 2012/06/15 14:42:06
    Funny how all you want to do is call names. I dare you to post a subtle and incisive comment.
  • findthe... fortyca... 2012/06/15 18:22:12 (edited)
    Funny..., I thought you started it by calling both the Presidential candidates "thieves & liars destroying our constitution"?
  • fortyca... findthe... 2012/06/15 20:37:39
    Although I agree with the comment, it was someone else's.
  • findthe... fortyca... 2012/06/15 22:29:17 (edited)
    Oh..., never mind.

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