Thursday, September 28, 2006

Ironic Job for a woman

Here's a quickie: name a job that would be ironic for a woman to perform. One suggestion would be auto mechanic, since classically women are taken advantage of by repair shops. The best would be a business dominated by men, like coal mining in North Country, that would just have fits if they found themselves suddenly working for a woman.


Bernita said...

Hmmm, CEO in a Muslim country?
A high rigger anywhere?

Scott said...

Bernita - thanks for the feedback. It needs to be an American business, but you are on the right track. I'll have to look up high rigging...

Toni Anderson said...

NFL football coach

Bailey Stewart said...

Foreperson(?) on a construction site. My father was a Master Carpenter and would have hated that.

Scott said...

Toni - Now that is clever. As a part of another story, I may use that one day.

Bailey - Yeah, I think I'm running with that. I know that industry anyway, so my imagination won't be stretched too thin.


Any more ideas???

Jaye Wells said...

Most of the ones I can think of have been done in fiction. Oooh, how about proctologist? ;)

Tee said...

The Politically Correct answer is that this job does not exist. (wink)

My husband has been a welder for 8 years in 2 different companies and his co-workers in the shop have been 100% male.

Navy Seals?

Crab fishing?





Truck driver?

LOL... Ok. I'm done.

Devon Ellington said...

Ironic? Or gender bending?

Women are firefighters and construction forepersons and lots of that kind of stuff. There are women who play on male hockey teams (although, now that women's hockey is getting a little more popular, that's lessening). They drive trucks. They're lumberjacks. There are some who work in NYC sewers (eww).

It's still fairly unusual for a woman to work on an oil rig in a non-office capacity;

I don't know of many (any?) female funeral directors, although quite a few women still do the embalming. It's kind of ironic -- give birth and set them in the casket.

If I think of something more interesting and unusual, I'll come back.

Moni said...

Managing Editor of a Girly Mag...hey Christie Hefner does it. :)

ruby55 said...

What about a woman urologist? I don't know exactly what the scope of work for urologists is.

Just checked and yep, it's what I thought. I don't know, however, how many women there are.

It would even the ground a little more for women who have to see male gynecologists.

Scott said...

Jaye - That's not bad!

Tee - I'm writing stories, and I would do well to tear social boundaries asunder. I love your ideas. It's funny, I've talked to a few people, and most can only come up with one. Nice imagination you have. And you're an excellent writer!

Devon - I like your thinking. The irony of a female funeral director is well conceived. Thanks for giving it a whack.

Moni - Hey, that's pretty good. A woman who profits from the objectivication of women.

Ruby - That's not bad either. That would be just a little bit uncomfortable--in more ways than one!

Ultra Toast Mosha God said...

Head of 'Fathers for Justice'?

Scott said...

Kind of like a black man being the head of a white supremicist cult?

Ultra Toast Mosha God said...


Anonymous said...

I guess I missed one of the prerequisites: somebody in authority that guys would have to work for.

That would be a good one: having a woman coach NHL, NFL, soccer or even baseball, though I think the big bruisers in the first two sports would take most exception to kowtowing to a woman. I can only remember a hockey team in one story that had a female physical trainer.

ruby55 said...

BTW, did you know that women are allowed to be doctors in Muslim countries but not nurses? A friend of mine went as nurse to Saudi Arabia, I believe, and told us that. I couldn't see the rationale behind that.

ruby55 said...

Hmm. I wonder why the one comment came out as "anonymous". (8:08 PM)