This is a funny piece from Mollie Hemingway at the Federalist. It is funny because, well…. It’s funny.
What makes it funny is that she is not trying to be serious. It would be absurd to complain about this. Men should do more snow shoveling, because they are men. But many of the other voices crying foul about “gender gaps” are trying to be serious. They are trying to manufacture some real outrage over imagined injustice. There are actually people taking a stand against The Tyranny of the Home Cooked Meal (and a response here), and how a play like the Vagina Monologues oppresses all the women without vaginas. Yes, you read that last sentence correctly, “all the women without vaginas.” It would be funny if it was a joke. But it isn’t. The sad thing about this stuff is it detracts from all of the real oppression of women out there. And there is a lot of it.
Snow shoveling is done disproportionately by men, and that this leads to dozens of heart attacks every year. A burden that women should share, right?
Also, 92% of workplace deaths happen to men. In part because men tend to work in more dangerous professions.
“Every winter, about 100 people in the United States die shoveling snow, according to the BBC.
A study looking at data from 1990 to 2006 by researchers at the US Nationwide Children’s Hospital recorded 1,647 fatalities from cardiac-related injuries associated with shovelling snow. In Canada, these deaths make the news every winter.
And some more:
“This relates to another, far more serious, gender gap problem in workplace fatalities.
That’s from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the Department of Labor. Males work 57 percent of the hours worked but suffer from a whopping 92% of the workplace deaths. Time for some equality of death, no?”