Sexual Descrimination in Nutritional Services?
byon 02-11-2012 at 06:42 AM (2212 Views)
Read the question mark as John not knowing what he's talking about [add because he's a man, if you so wish. I won't be offended.]
I stumbled upon a post linking a vegetarian food guide back to the Dietitians of Canada. It's a dead link. Yay, they've seen the error in their ways. I went to their real site and looked around. I wasn't looking for anything in particular. I just browsed out of curiosity. I quickly came across their "Career Stories" section, profiles of dietitians in various roles.
I skimmed through the profiles. I even opened a few. There's a lots of description about their roles. It's a nice site with only a couple of minor technical glitches. Here's a header image from the site. It's quite professional looking, and everybody wears happy, happy, joy, joy faces. It feels congruent with my own impression of dietitians. I run into them once in awhile at the local diabetic teaching clinic, at company dietary education presentations, at diabetic events, and we'd consullted a few in our now dead diabetes support group. They all look like the women in this picture: happy, happy, joy, joy women, often wearing lab coats. Congruency.
I decided to think. I think it's a good idea to think about what you see and ask why it makes you feel the way you do and whether those thoughts and feelings are valid, correct. Or if they are they artificially induced by marketing techniques.
Some of my thoughts bothered me. I thought about what happens to these happy faces when I tell them I don't eat grains and very low carb in general. The sunshine turns grey, the teeth get bared, and the hairs on their backs stand up. Suddenly my thoughts were no longer about congruency.
I realized these women had something against my style of eating. I didn't dig into the style of eating topic. I know it's a dead end. But I did realize I was viewing my happy, happy, joy, joy image of dietitians with a lychnathropic bent as all women. I was not able to relate any of my images and feelings to the man of the tribe. I looked through the career stories again. I counted 70 profiles in 11 career streams. I counted two men. 68 to 2, good odds if you're shopping around for a woman. Try the dietitian bar next time. Must be a hopping spot.
I said the word I usually say when something bothers me: why? Why are almost all dietitians women, and is this a problem? Is this a genetic abberation, a cultural difference, or maybe outright sexual descrimination? I have no doubt that if 97% of dietitians were male, that the female of the species would be at least a little bit upset.
Honestly, I have no desire to think this through. Give me your comments please. But I will say that the whole idea of Grok does seem very male oriented. Yes, an image of a naked woman hunting down a wild animal with a spear is sexy to me, very sexy to me, but is the opposite true? Women seem to prefer well dressed, well mannered, candy-a$$ed men. Men like I see profiled on their site.
Cultural differences. So we have this group of dietitians with regulatory power to decide what people should eat, who feed our sick, invalid, and government sponsered citizens, and they are dominated by a group of people who prefer to work in a garden and a nice warm kitchen than run around naked, hunting wild beasts with primitive weapons. If that's not an inherent food bias, I don't know what is. No wonder Canada is so obese and sick.
Put Grok in charge ... NOW, before it's too late.