Yes, men would rather be unemployed than embarrass themselves by working in health care and their wives don't want any girly-men at home. It's all in the nation's paper of record.
Men Don’t Want to Be Nurses. Their Wives Agree. - The New York Times
I occasionally meet somebody who can't wrap their head around the idea of men in nursing. By occasionally I mean every three or four years, ...and then there's Susan Chira for the Neanderthal, er I mean New York Times. Really Susan? I make as much as $165K/yr; not as a CRNA or NP or other advanced practice specialty, just an hourly drone in the ER who doesn't mind working the hours and is somewhat adept at taking advantage of many incentives. You wouldn't want your man doing that while holding a highly respected title and even doing some good once in a while? OK, got it.
I just can't believe this could've been written at any time in the last fifty years.
And you gotta love the concluding paragraph:
quote/ “Pink-collar jobs are crap jobs for anyone,” said Joan C. Williams, professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. “We need to reinvent pink-collar jobs so men will take them and won’t be unhappy — or women, either.” /quote
Does this distinguished professor of law know that graduates from anything less than a top ten school are waiting tables and struggling to pick up paralegal work?
One might hope that sexism is dead or dying, and to see this from a source as respected as the NY Times is mind blowing.
They talk about moving unemployed blue collar workers into nursing and other allied health careers. There was talk about doing this many years ago re; the contracting auto industry here. I never met anybody who took advantage of that, and I question how many could actually make it through the training. And I'm supposed to be embarrassed to be in nursing?
And they talk about how men can be useful at lifting patients. I'm sorry, Susan, but how do you manage to land any kind of job in these times with that kind of thinking?
I've been going through the related comments, some 560 before they closed it, and I'm just getting started but so far everybody thinks this article is way off.
Okay, I wanted to stop typing and risking a TLDR but this forum wants a minimum 600 words. I'll fill this up with random comments from the article:
Seattle 13 hours ago
I have a friend, a guy, who is a retired nurse anesthetist, and US Army trained. You want to be a great bread winner guys, try this field. He doesn't care if people call him a sissy. These professionals typically earn about 200K per year. Let's see if your wife discourages that.
USA 13 hours ago
Men Don't Want to Be Nurses.
Since when? In 1968 there were eleven male nurses at the 22nd Surgical Hospital in Phu Bai. Three were anesthetists, one was an OR nurse (he had been 101st Airborne, then became a nurse), one was the DON, and the others worked in triage.
Their Wives Agree.
Really. The gas passers at the local hospital in my flyover village are anesthetists. They are married. To each other. With children.
These type of sexist articles continue to tarnish the "brand" of The New York Times. The disclaimer that this is an Op-Ed piece and not a real piece of jurinalism is lame. When you quote pointy heads from academia, you lose your free pass.
Truth up, Times.
Calgary, Canada 13 hours ago
I say "suck it up buttercup." Nursing Is a fine and noble profession - great education, decent pay, in a variety of work settings. I was a Registered Nurse for 37 years and saw more men entering nursing as the years went by. They make excellent nurses. If the jobs are in health care, why not get the education and try it out. You might just like it.