Typically when I read letters to the editor like the one written by Michael Ross (The Forum, May 6, 2012), I do not respond to them. I figure all the sensible folks who read it will recognize the absurdity of the position taken and chalk the person up to being some sort of loon. Alas, Ross’ letter, absurd or not, begs for a response – a response other than my initial verbal response to the universe (which I must admit was not the least bit gracious).
According to Ross the world is best led by good ordinary men as opposed to the evil men who have increasingly been gaining ground. Per Ross, women moving into the workplace into traditionally male-dominated positions and leadership roles plays into the evil men’s diabolical plan to basically emasculate the good men. These women have become tools per Ross of this evil elitist empire that move in and take over in the absence of good men.
Heavy stuff, I know. Luckily, Ross has the answer. He notes that traditional male leadership is a prerequisite of a decent and just society; and, he goes on to offer that ”a truly free and just society will be one that promotes women as homemakers and mothers, nurses, teachers, secretaries and cheerleaders.”
Oh my. Did Ross just blame the ills of society on women trying to advance and lead in the workplace? Did he say women who seek or possess positions other than those he listed were the reason evil men succeed in society? Did he just advise women’s rights in the employment arena to take two giant steps back for the promotion of a free and just society? I do believe he did.
Well, I have something to say to Mr. Ross:
Dude – you’re whacked.
I mean seriously – you think you can float that propaganda here? Have you been smoking something? Something you rolled yourself? Did a female boss just demote you? Have you been watching too much Father Knows Best? Have you been out of your house since 1950? What was it that possessed you to write such a letter to the editor?
I guess it is plausible that you may actually believe what you wrote – I surmise that could be the case. If so, it sure has to be painful for you to look around society these days at all the incredible women advancing and taking the reins in formerly male-dominated fields. You have got to really be irritated by the fierce girls in the world who are doing things for themselves as if there never was a glass ceiling.
As I said, I typically don’t bother responding to these types of letters to the editor; but, I thought who better to respond than me? I would happily push a man aside to lead – and I might even do a little cheer while doing it (because you know I love the outfit).
Rah rah sis boom bah Mr. Ross…get used to the new normal…and never fear, society will be just fine.
Day one thousand and thirty-six of the new forty – obla di obla da