Ok, to prevent people from jumping on me like the ACLU on in-school prayer I’ve decided to preface this post. I am all for equal opportunity. I was a women’s studies minor (sociology major) in college. The women in my life have all been strong-willed women. I am not a caveman. I think some women can be excellent at at anything, just as any man can. It depends on the person.
Now that you’re juices are dripping, awaiting another moronic sacrificial-lamb, I’ll pose my opinion and question. Should enterance standards be lowered in some occupations so that women have equal opportunity? I am a big guy (6’5, 280 lbs.) and I believe that 1) an averaged size woman couldn’t drag my unconcious body up 10 flights of stairs and 2) If I were a deranged looney on a rampage, that an average woman police officer could not stop me. (Average being 5’5, 150 lbs). I am not debating that there are some males of average build that couldn’t either. I am not suggesting that women firefighters or police officers cannont be good at their job. Granted the majority of the population here at SDMB apears to be of the liberal stripe (myself proudly included) I am wondering what the response is to these questions. Should enterance exams be modified (lowered if you will) to allow women equal opportunity to these two job types? Does it scare you that a woman of average build could not heft you out of a buring building? Please keep the firebombing to a minimum. I’m not stupid and I’m not trying to answer whether women are inferior or not. Just seeking intelegent thoughts on this.