How men and women in Ireland are supposed to maintain there gender roles and the sexism that supports such backward thinking has recently made me think a lot about Ireland. Read this article about it this morning
'Ireland could learn a hell of a lot from Sweden' - The Local
I have been thinking about the whole incident regarding the woman who died and the mentality in Ireland that supports such actions from some quarters and my experiences outside Ireland as I have travelled about.
In Sweden men and women do jobs equally. Men can look after children, women drive big trucks in mines and operate blasting equipment. It is not an issue at all if a man works in child care, as a hair dresser, etc. No one bats an eyelid or starts to bitch behind people's back like they do in Ireland.
I have encountered women in Sweden, Finland and Norway operating very heavy machinery, in engineering, working on building sites, military, etc.
I know women from Ireland who work outside Ireland as engineers, scientists, cutting hedges in local councils, etc, who upon going back to Ireland keep there mouths shut about it as they will get a lot of crap about it and for some bizarre reason have there sexuality questioned (not always but often enough to be noticeable). A long time and very good friend of mine was asked if she was a Lesbian by someone I know who works in human rights because she was an electronics expert, when last back in Ireland. The fact she was heavily pregnant for the 7th time and is married, did not seem to compute with a sexist woman (irish human rights activist) who assumed that because she was an engineer she had to be a lesbian. The fact her husband takes months of work every time she has a baby to help out flustered the human rights activist even more (He used to be a good boxer). Strangely in my wandering around Northern Europe, I have yet to encounter a lesbian engineer, computer programmer or heavy machinery user and those I have met all seem to work in offices.
In Ireland, I have noticed the sexist roles that people expect of women and men. Men are expected to work with machines and know computing whilst women are expected to work in the office, hair dressing, etc. I know there are a lot of women working in bio-sciences but they are limited compared to other countries.
Regarding myself. I do a lot of computer programming, attend a lot of scifi events, retro events, book clubs and re-enactor events. In Northern or Central Europe, that will not even make someone bat an eye and most people will want to know more. In Ireland I get a lot of crap because I have a lot of computers, know how to use most metal working machinery, can use a welder, etc. OK I know how to use a sewing machine and can make clothes from scratch, but that does not register after someone hears computer, machine, etc. I actually had to argue with someone 4 years ago when back that I was not a lesbian, for reasons that made no sense to me, just bcause I knew how to use some machines.
I believe that sexism is ingrained in Irish society, regardless of how far it has advanced in the last three decades. I think Ireland has a long way to go.
I personally think Ireland is very backward when it comes to equality across the board.
What is your opinion on this subject?
Not sure if this in the correct category or not.