Don't Belong In The Post-Petro Workplace!Dusko Jocic (November
Although women have come a long way in our society
with regards to equality in the workforce, there will
never be true equality. As long as the real objects of
value in our society are primarily built by males women
will always be dependent on man. Cheap energy has enabled
womens' liberation to thrive and women to have equal income
and say in the family but that age of cheap and abundent
fossil fuel is ending and so too is the age of equality.
Unfortunately, peak oil will effect women and their careers
in the worst ways.
real value is created, like construction, farming, mining,
fishing, manufacturing and transportation are mostly male
oriented. Those are the essential elements for the existance
of society and have been for centuries. Why doesn't the
majority of women work in these types of jobs? Small numbers
of women have choosen these careers but it is not very
feminine to chip a nail, let alone cover your body in
dirty coal, smelly fish or manure. Women have always felt
the need for pampering and beauty to attract their mates
and men expect no less. Biology, ensures that unless you're
a desperate single mother, or the masculinized bull dyke
type you won't work at one of these jobs.
work primarily in the retail and service industry, as
waitresses, store clerks, office workers, care givers
and other non-essential services. As the economy goes
through recession and ultimately energy based depression
these are the jobs that will be lost, never to return.
We always hear about factory jobs being lost and men losing
their jobs. But in reality, food, shelter, energy and
transportation industries are essential and are male dominated.
This form of employment will deminish but will still thrive.
And what will happen when survival is all that matters?
Will men in those industries simply hand over jobs to
their unemployed sisters, mothers, daughters, etc? Women
will protest for meaningful employment and income to the
government and there will be none. Will modern governments,
mostly run by male politicians, risk losing an election
by helping women? More women will also lose their new
consumer powers and take on the traditional role of mothers,
fulltime. It is Inevitable.
viewed the film, Dark Country. It takes place during the
recession of the early 90's and it's about sexual harrassment
of female employees at a mine. This uplifting story is
about how women fight for respect in the male oriented
workforce and get it. Harrassment is one thing, equal
representation for employment is another. Fraternity has
kept men together for centuries just as surely as gossip
has brought women closer to each other. During times of
hardship men bond and help one another, so do families,
but men can handle emotional burdens better than women
because they can bottle up emotions longer. In general,
women need to deal with their emotions quicker, but their
complaints will fall on the deaf ears of a society struggling
maintain order and survival.
remain the in the workforce but only those lucky or strong
enough to do it. Many will have to start their own businesses
and compete for jobs as plumbers, electricians, construction
workers and truck drivers. But having a career and family
won't be as easy as it was in the mid to late twentieth
century. After hurricane Katrina in The Southeast, women
have become the endangered species. Three months after
the disaster it seems like New Orleans has become similar
to San Francisco during the California Gold Rush. The
gold rush produced the Lavender Cowboy and ultimately
created the gay capitol of America. Women in New Orleans
have taken their children and left for other cities and
towns until their boyfriends' and husbands clean up
the city and make it worth living in again. Peak oil will
be global, women will have nowhere to run and hide during
that crisis. The greatest thing of value in society are
people and it looks like many women will have the job
of making and raising new ones fulltime.
By: Dusko Jocic