Monday, December 20, 2010

The dangerous lives of men 

While hunting around for something else, I stumbled across this factoid: In 2008, 93% of American workplace fatalities were men even though males accounted for only 57% of the total hours worked.

I, for one, am grateful, because if women died disproportionately at work we'd never hear the end of it.


By Blogger The Conservative Wahoo, at Mon Dec 20, 08:48:00 AM:

Are there any ribbon colors left that would be appropriate to an epidemic of female workplace deaths?  

By Blogger Inigo Montoya, at Mon Dec 20, 09:01:00 AM:

TH & CW - both points are tragically accurate.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Dec 20, 11:17:00 AM:

Likewise must be white male deaths. A OK for those guys to die.  

By Anonymous vicki pasadena ca, at Mon Dec 20, 11:21:00 AM:

Well that's probably the dumbest comment you've ever made. Are you a misogynist? That can be the only explanation.  

By Anonymous Coach Paul, at Mon Dec 20, 11:25:00 AM:

I have often posed the question to folks: If men outlived women by an average of five years (the reverse is true), wouldn't there be marches on Washington decrying the second class treatment of females? No one ever seems to agree ... maybe it's my presentation.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Dec 20, 11:46:00 AM:

vicki's comment above illustrates perfectly the female 'i want it both ways' mindset that all thinking people view with such amusement/contempt.

had you come out against perfect female equality in a good or desirable metric, you would (obviously) be a sexist pig, threatened by and secretly afraid of women and their awesome power.

however, since you committed the thoughtcrime of merely *expressing* the notion that true equality really _would_ require women to die in the workplace at the same rates as men do, you're just a misogynist. "that can be the only explanation."

NOW really ought to consider changing their slogan to more accurately reflect this fundamental hypocrisy inherent to feminism. something along the lines of "we didn't mean we want the BAD kinds of equality!!"  

By Blogger mdgiles, at Mon Dec 20, 12:20:00 PM:

Uh, what happened to all those liberated women who wanted to work in coal mines, on fishing boats, and all those other dangerous occupations? Once upon a time they were making movies about them. Or are they among that 7%?  

By Anonymous tyree, at Mon Dec 20, 02:18:00 PM:

When my sons graduated from the police academy there were many female officers in their classes. Almost to a woman they wanted to specialize in "Crisis Counseling", leaving SWAT and other more dangerous assignments to the men.  

By Blogger Bomber Girl, at Mon Dec 20, 02:59:00 PM:

If it makes you feel any better, TH et al, the men die mainly by accidents (road accidents, equipment accidents) while the women die, disproportionally, by, er, homicide.  

By Blogger Georg Felis, at Mon Dec 20, 03:37:00 PM:

This office has gone 14 days without a stapler-related death. Keep up the good work.  

By Anonymous Boludo Tejano, at Mon Dec 20, 04:01:00 PM:

Speaking about “dumbest comment” a flash from the past from “vicki pasadena ca” is in the running.

I can tell, just by looking at the results of the poll, just who your readers are. Here is the reality, the Republicans will gain less than 18 seats and will not gain the majority in either the house or the senate. Mark my words.
Dumb, dumber, and dumbest.  

By Blogger Dawnfire82, at Mon Dec 20, 04:07:00 PM:

@Bomber Girl: That's completely false.


"Most victims and perpetrators in homicides are male
Male offender/Male victim 65.3%
Male offender/Female victim 22.7%
Female offender/Male victim 9.6%
Female offender/Female victim 2.4%"

"Both male and female offenders are more likely to target male victims than female victims."

@BT: Nice recall!  

By Blogger Bomber Girl, at Mon Dec 20, 05:22:00 PM:

Dawnfire, I was referring to the job-related stats in the article TH cited, not overall crime stats. But thanks for your interest.  

By Anonymous lelia, at Mon Dec 20, 06:09:00 PM:

Here's what I know from my husband and myself. My husband thinks he is being careful if he thinks about the safety of what he is doing. I think you are not being careful until you set up physical settings to insure safety...Example: Husband working on roof. As long as he thinks about where he is, he is safe. Me, you are not safe on roof unless you are tied to a strong structure or temporarily affix cleats and borders to hem you in. Ten years ago he stepped off a roof and crushed his feet and legs. Why do men have more accidents? Because they are sure they won't.  

By Anonymous tyree, at Tue Dec 21, 08:43:00 AM:

Lelia's comment may be true, but it would get a man fired from Harvard if he said the same remark about a woman. The double standard is at the core of American Political Feminism.  

By Anonymous KLight, at Tue Dec 21, 10:51:00 AM:

Just an observation to your last comment.... women are dying disproportionately at work.... apparently 7% to the 43% hours worked.... it is just a favorable difference for the fairer sex :-)  

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