I spent the better part of last week roaming about, exploring this vast nation. Between sorties, we rested and refueled in our hotel room and made a point of not watching news. Instead, we amused ourselves by watching reality television.
There was a moment on The Real Housewives of Someplace Rich where one super-rich chick got upset about something another super-rich chick said about her and whether the subsequent apology was sufficiently sincere. All the other super-rich chicks then picked sides and argued amongst themselves.
This, my wife informed me, was a great episode for that show.
In the course of this obviously staged catfight, one of the women announced that whatever people saw before was irrelevant because "her truth" was that she has been insulted. She kept coming back to "her truth" and demanding that other people honor it because their failure to do so really hurt her feelings.
And everyone else on the show took this at least somewhat seriously, even the ones who knew she was full of shit. In fact, the producers helpfully rolled the tape of the earlier episode with the previous catfight, so we could see for ourselves just how contrived and stupid this whole affair truly was. But no matter. Super-rich chicks have their own individual truths and we should honor them or they will be sad and retreat inside their mansions.
There was another show on at some point that I was more familiar with: Deadliest Catch. It's a reality show about Alaskan fishermen. Not "fisherpersons," fishermen.
I don't watch the show, but I remember seeing it when it was new and it was kind of fun to watch monster waves toss the boats around while the crewmen get their limbs broken and the skippers suffer heart attacks.
That is to say: These guys get a few extra bucks to let bored viewers watch them get crippling injuries while trying to make a living.
If everything goes well and they don't get maimed or killed, they'll still be worth a fraction of what the super-rich chicks are, but at least they have Male Privilege.
That to me is where we are in terms of feminism and the culture. Men live shorter, harder lives but some of them do very well in certain fields that convey a lot of prestige.
Women clearly prefer social drama to actual life-taking risk, and yet they demand that they be treated the same. I'm sure you saw that the World Champion Women's Soccer Team got destroyed by a bunch of under-15 teenage boys the other day, and yet the girls demand the same pay as the men because fairness.
My position is this: If women should be given preference and extra bonuses to go into STEM fields, I think it only fair that some of them be consigned to work the Alaskan fishing fleet as well.
I mean, women are terribly underrepresented there. Fairness demands that half the crews of the crab boats swinging massive steel cages around a rolling deck be female.
Anything else is sexist.