Who's the best man for the job?

United States
July 13, 2008 3:29pm CST
Have you heard this phrase before, "The best man for the job!" Have you ever noticed how biased it sounds? In today's work place there are a variety of assignments and jobs that can be performed equally well by both men and women. Do you think that some jobs should be reserved just for men? Do you think that women are more capable at handling some jobs? Please discuss your views on this idea. Thanks.
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• United States
14 Jul 08
The only time I have heard that one was talking about electing the President of the United States. "It used to be elect the best man for the job, but now, we need to elect the lessor of the two evils." I'm gonna make a new one. "We need the best man for the job of carrying a baby from conception to full term of 9 months or so." I probably won't get that man that's qualified for this one.
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• United States
14 Jul 08
Can't think of too many men who have carried a baby from conception to birth. And of course, I mean men who were born as Men and not merely transformed through surgery. Thanks for gracing me with your presence and comments. It's a rare honor!
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@Hatley (157581)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Jul 08
beautyqueen26 I think if a woman can do the same job as a man, she should have a right to the job. there are some jobs though because of the physical partof the job should really be reserved for men. Also I do think that most women are better qualified than most men for the job of nursing. some men do not have the patience that is demanded of a nurse, while a few realy are good at nursing.
• United States
13 Jul 08
Very good points! Some men do lack patience and nurturing natures.
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@kgwat70 (13398)
• United States
14 Jul 08
I think that they should change that phrase to something like "The best person for the job" or "The most qualified person for the job" There are plenty of women that can do jobs better than men and then are men that can do some jobs better than woman. I agree that the phrase is biased by using man in that statement. I feel that men and women should be given equal opportunity at doing jobs that are commonly done by the other gender. The important thing is to have the person who is most capable of doing the job in the company's opinion.
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
13 Jul 08
I have taken the stance that when they use "man" in phrases like this then it refers to mankind (all humans) with no designation as to gender. It is funny that my three daughters will use the phrase "lets go guys" referring to themselves. But when I use the same phrase the respond back "we are not guys but girls." Why is it that they can call themselves guys but a guy can not refer to them as guys? In one case it is gender specific, in the other it is not?
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@ratyz5 (7831)
• Philippines
14 Jul 08
Both men and women can do things equally. There are just some things that they are really good at while the other also does as well. We can give examples but, anything can be done by anyone now-a-days. The phrase came up when men were still the ones being known to do jobs while women were at home doing their 'obligations.' Things have changed and gender roles getting switched are now common but, a phrase like that which had come a long from a time is hard to just get over as simply like an instant, so it would also face a long time more for it to be changed into something that equally regards any gender that can be someone who is best for a particular job.
• United States
14 Jul 08
Well said!
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@ratyz5 (7831)
• Philippines
14 Jul 08
I guess.. thanks
@carolscash (9503)
• United States
14 Jul 08
I had never really thought about the saying before. However, for today's society it is a little biased. However, I believe that most jobs can be done by man or woman. However, I believe that there are jobs that women are better at and others that men are better at. I think that we have to use words like "mailman" just because that is what we are accustomed too.
@Bluepatch (2481)
• Trinidad And Tobago
14 Jul 08
It all depends on the individual really, I'm against the idea that one gender is better or worse than the other. Some men and some women are better than other men and women and it is up to those who decide these things to decide who actually gets the job. The concept that either women or men are better or worse this way, or that, is false. The ideal way of dealing with a gender difference is to make appointments without prejudice, selecting the best candidate on the basis of merit. Needless to say, this does not always happen but we do try to create a better world whenever we can.
• Jamaica
14 Jul 08
yes i have.it all depends but overall i htink that a man and a woman is fit for any job.gone were the days when men were allowed to do certain jobs as wellas women.today both sexes do any job they feel.in terms of women handling some jobs i think veiw it both ways YES n NO.
@Bugsey (775)
• United States
14 Jul 08
Yes. I think it should be "The Best Person for the Job". In some states however signs of "Men Working" are now being replaced by "Workers Ahead" which is a positive difference.
@katsmeow1213 (28820)
• United States
14 Jul 08
I would like to say that a woman can do any job a man can do, and vice versa... but that always isn't the case. While women are capable of being hired for any job they qualify for, there are many they just don't want. At my husband's company there are mostly men. He has 1 girl working at her store, and she is in sales. The rest in the store are all men. Reason being... because every other position in the store requires heavy lifting. And I'm not just talking about stacking 50 lb boxes. My husband sells furniture, appliances, electronics... they also deliver the merchandise.. and if not paid for, they have to retrieve the item from the person's home. In the years he's been with this company, and the many different stores through this company he's been in, I've never known a girl to work in any position other than sales. It is vice versa as well. You don't often see men working in stores like Libby Lu or Claire's where the merchandise is geared towards teenage girls.
@TheCarter (370)
• United States
13 Jul 08
Absolutely! There are some jobs that the average woman could not handle. For exmple, I take my wife out with me to do landscaping sometimes, because she likes the work, but even she knows that she is not really as physically capable as any of my other workers. I think that is totally okay because there are roles that I do think she is better at like floral arrangements, and customer relations, oh yeah and sales. My baby can be bit of a shark lady from time to time. Yeah, there are some jobs that men are better at and there are some jobs that women historically are better at. I think the whole womens right movement has left many women disillusioned as to their abilities and limitations. I think that woman have things that they are really good at, and if they focused on doing those things then society would be more balanced. Does that sound sexist?
@jer31558 (3684)
• United States
13 Jul 08
I think that there are jobs that men are better at, and I also think that there are jobs that women are better at. I personally think that women are better in the medical field as they tend to be more compassionate and caring.