"All words are symbols that represent unspeakable realities. Which is also why words are magical." (Donald Miller tweet)

Friday, October 23, 2009

better to hire a man

I have recently discovered a new blog, "Letters of Note," which posts ... well ... old letters that are worth reading again.

The letters are of a wide variety, sometimes crude, sometimes thought-provoking, but mostly funny, now that they are removed from their original context.

And I just MUST direct you to this one.

Because it's important. (No it isn't. It's outrageous and deserving of derisive laughter, is what it is.)

After all, "It is extremely doubtful if a woman could, year after year, under a variety of conditions, stand the fairly severe strains and stresses, mentally and physically, which are part of the life of a Trade Commissioner."

5 comments:

vjc said...

Well, it is extremely doubtful if a man could, year after year, under a variety of conditions, stand the fairly severe strains and stresses, mentally and physically, which are part of the life of a woman.

l.h. said...

I am assuming that this guy wrote this letter just after being dumped by his beloved fiance.
Perhaps it was his only way of venting his "fairly severe strains and stresses, mentally and physically!!"
Poor fella...
:)

jarod said...

After all: A man usually has his house in order by his wife, who also is does most of the entertaining, she would then have all these duties on top of her job - paraphrase....

uhm.....hm. Interstingly enough, there was an article in the spec about male knitters called "PURL purists.." Wonder what the author's thoughts on that would have been?

Meredith said...

WOW.

Sheepdog said...

A man usually has his house in order by his wife, who also is does most of the entertaining, she would then have all these duties on top of her job

That comment and a couple of others like it got me - gee, there's systemic discrimination happening therefore giving a person a position would just make it all the harder for them - no, we won't address the systemic discrimination, we'll actually use the fact that it's there to further discriminate.

and so many other things I saw in that... argh

And too much of it is still rampant today.

Privilege is invisible. It's especially invisible to those invested in blindness on top of everything else.

oh... am I starting to rant?

Okay - enough from me on this subject in this space. I'll go back to my strained life and hope that no one complicates it by giving me equal chance at something basic.