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Joanna Richards @tootsiekannah
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THREAD: here’s the thing about the gender disparity in tertiary education that MRAs love to reference #feminism
1. Pink collar work almost always requires tertiary study. Industries that are seen as ‘for women,’ such as teaching or nursing, require degrees for employment.
2. Blue collar work usually does not require tertiary study, with most people learning through apprenticeships or vocational courses.
3. Women struggle to break into blue collar industries such as construction as the work is overwhelmingly attained through familial connection or friendship. Without a supportive male family member already in the industry, it is unlikely a woman will get a job.
4. If they do manage to get a blue collar job, the harassment they experience means that there is a high chance they will look for employment in another field.
5. There was an artificial spike in education statistics just prior to and during the Vietnam war, due to young men attempting to avoid conscription. The so called decline in the tertiary education of men is highly influenced by this.
In reality, the gap in tertiary education highlighted yet another area in which women are expected to DO more. Women must get an education before they can get work in industries that are criminally undervalued.
Perhaps if we improved the situation for women looking to enter industries, such as construction or farming, we would see a leveling out of these statistics. Until then, if more men want to become nurses and teachers, they are more than welcome to do so.
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