Today’s cry for help is from one of our more prolific and incisive blamers, but I forgot to ask if I could use her real name, so until she outs herself she’s Blamer X.
I just got out of a soul crushing HR meeting where I raised concern about the bosses of our department being 2/3 men despite men making up like 45% of the department, and that the women who have been promoted have worked there for ages in order to get that far (in between complaints about individual dudes and the crap they say/do). They explained to me the equally applied and straightforward nature of hiring and promotion (yeah, sure), and assured me that I cannot know who was really the best candidate because I wasn’t there during the meetings. I also should not be afraid for my job (ha!). Their job is to lie to me about the consequences of reporting a bunch of people who have authority over me, and I doubt much of anything will happen. I am looking for a new job.
Anyway, I know that the circumstances I reported are common at many work places. I want to know if there are blamer suggestions for finding a job that isn’t filled with this kind of BS. Are there any notoriously female industries or jobs that aren’t totally shitty and underpaid?
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Dear Blamer X,
Although spinster auntly expertise is global, my own work history (see my absurd CV on the About Twisty page) compels me to reveal that I am no authority on notoriously female industries or jobs that aren’t totally shitty and underpaid. In fact, as far as I have been able to determine, there are no notoriously female industries, only dude industries that are notorious for exploiting a female workforce.
I might suggest bartending in a dyke bar. These little hellholes are always owned by women. Bartending money is petty good, and the sexual harassment would originate with women, making it somewhat more palatable on accounta the built-in sex-based power differential, often imitated but never duplicated, has no precise analog amongst the ladies.
However, I realize that dispensing booze to partying lesbians until 2 or 3 in the morning — especially if karaoke is involved — may not be your idea of a swell time. Lesbians are not automatically feminists, nor are they famous, as a class, for their good taste in music. Also, there is no health insurance.
Therefore I’m putting it up to the Blametariat.
So what’s the word, girls? Does Blamer X’s dream job exist?