Women today have it better than men do

Erica Weisburn

Carlos Mencia, the host of “Mind of Mencia” on Comedy Central, put it perfectly: Women today have it better than men.

To support his claim, Mencia complained about the slim chance of men surviving on a sinking ship if the Titanic-implemented “women and children first” policy was still in effect. He interviewed random men, as well as a drag-queen who admitted dressing like a woman has its perks. Although his comedy segment was spiced-up with sarcasm and humor, Mencia still proved a valid point.

Women have the world handed to them. Some women have never bought their own drinks in a bar nor have they had to fight for a job. For customer service positions, most employers are looking for welcoming, inviting and caring individuals. Sorry men, but women tend to exhibit such qualities more often.

Recently, I personally became aware of this reality. I was offered a job without any pre-hire hassle. No resume, no application, no job history, nothing. Frankly, my potential employer has no idea whether I’m qualified for the position. He doesn’t even know if I have a criminal history. Lucky for him, I don’t. As a matter of fact, I was told all the other already-interviewed applicants would be ignored if I said I was interested in the job.

I can’t say for certain I was offered the position, in which I never applied for, just because I am a female, but the thought surely crossed my mind. The man did insinuate that physically, I was qualified. What I found most alarming about this reality is its inequality. It’s highly unlikely that a man in the same situation would have had the outcome I did.

Also, if a woman applied for a physically demanding job and was turned down, most people would label it discrimination. Some sort of sexism case would be filed and so forth. And yet opposite acts of injustice go unnoticed daily.

Similarly, if a man was to heavily hit on a woman, particularly a woman he works with, sexual harassment charges would most likely be addressed. On the other hand, it’s rarely heard of that a woman would have charges brought on her for sexually harassing a man. Not because it doesn’t happen but because society doesn’t care.

Women win in most aspects of life. There is no argument that women have menstrual periods, child labor, high heels, hair and make-up to deal with. Let’s not forget the occasional drooling man problems that must be eliminated as well. Even still, being a woman has its benefits.

I’m both proud and ashamed to be a woman. Don’t get me wrong, I love the free dinners, the occasional flowers and definitely the job hand-outs. I’ll probably take the position I was offered. It pays good money and doesn’t appear to be difficult. Yet, something just doesn’t feel right about it.

Erica Weisburn is a junior newspaper journalism major and a columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. E-mail her at [email protected]