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Who are the Hurricane Sandy Heroes?
I don't need to talk too much about Hurricane Sandy at this point, but just in case you have been living under a rock the past 1-2 weeks and just came up for air, read about it here. Millions without power or ready access to food and medical help remain while homes, businesses, infrastructure are still flooded. Thousands of people also remain stranded in some places and it may take days (as of this writing) to get them out.
So, who is doing the work to restore power, and who had it going in the first place? Who are fighting the fires that have broken out in places as a result of the storm? Who are risking their own lives regularly to rescue others? Who are risking their lives to maintain or restore law and order in places that are currently still, literally, in the dark?
Men. The answer is, by and large: Men, almost everyone involved. There may be a small percentage of women involved in the actual hands-on work that needs to be done to bring the affected areas back to some semblance of normalcy. But I ask you, if this were an army of women in the form of power utility employees, police officers, fire-fighters, EMTs, and others, would that not be a constantly-reported fact? Would they not receive constant praise for their sacrifices for others' betterment and survival? Would they not be hailed constantly, AS WOMEN, for what they were doing? The answer is of course, yes. But while men are doing the vast majority of the work needed to relieve the sufferings of so many as a consequence of this hurricane, they are indeed praised-- but not as men. They are praised as "utility workers", "fire fighters", "police officers", etc. Again, men as a gender get lost in a sea of occupational titles while women do not.
In this disaster as in all the rest, men are doing just what is expected of them, receiving fleeting praise when successful and harsh condemnation when not. One day I wonder if we'll ever see women in such positions as men are to this degree-- and get held to the same standards of judgment. Don't hold your breath.
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