Girls vs Boys
Anatomical Variations Matter!
There is a valid gripe from females that for far too long they have been discriminated against because of their gender.
Yes, this has been very unfair.
It probably arose in tandem with the rise of capitalism, broadly speaking. Money gradually came into societal prominence, at every level of society, as the industrial revolution arrived. Except for females. For males financial competition was culturally promoted.
Sure, there were a glut of gold coins being swapped around at the top teirs of various kingdoms and empires before, but these weren’t, by any means, mainstream. Not down to the foot of the pyramid.
(And for the landed-gentry – the Patriarchy – females were simply another commodity.)
In fact, the chances of anyone below the rank of VIP having anything to do with money were very slim. …Unless you were trading in spices and luxuries from merchant ships n that, your priorities were to get food; maintain your family and home; and live in a similar fashion to how your ancestors had done for many generations prior.
But then, as technology took a huge turn for the advanced, all of a sudden the serfs and peasants were needed to breed a labour force (cue religious aversion to contraception), and ‘man’ the machines, ships, armies, etc, in order to assist in the mad dash for leaders, aristocrats, landlords and VIPs’ to accumulate fame and fortune.
So in order to get the workforce away from age-old agriculture (because farming was also getting technologically streamlined) and into the cities, everyone ‘eligible’ was going to have to be involved with money. Otherwise they’d starve; because they couldn’t grow their own turnips in a cramped terraced street.
An interesting example of early British mass-capitalism comes from the Welsh mines. Before it was legislated against, there were examples of capitalists providing their labour force with exlusive ‘tokens’. Sounds exciting hey? These tokens – similar to money – allowed the workers to buy food and sustenance at the mine-owned shops. But nowhere else.
A smart move, financially, by the mine owners: If money is the societal priority, create your own system of currency, within your designated parameters, and basically reap the rewards of having the labour-force, but without losing any ‘real’ money. I wonder if that would work on a larger scale…?
Anyhow, I hear you beginning to wonder, what the hell’s all this Scrooge-esque mining-boss stuff got to do with Boys vs Girls? Good question. Well you see female humans weren’t needed to begin with – except to make more males. Notwithstanding the odd little boy to climb up his lordship’s chimney with his brush; or to quickly smooth out the fabric on industrial presses, without getting squashed. But, hey, if one or two do get crushed, there’s plenty more urchins in the sea; and the money machine can keep on rolling…
So, the small amount of – let’s call them – ‘Aberdare Credits’ needed to keep the labour force in rent, bread and clothes was distributed, like chicken feed. They were virtually all males. Females didn’t join in the labour exploitation until World War One, as all the males were jauntily charging machine-guns like proud, heroic and xenophobic codependant lunatics. So, in effect, males had about a two-hundred and fifty year head start, on the earning of these labour tokens (aka money).
And it has been a female priority since. Emily Pankhurst and her girlfriends were throwing themselves to deaths under horses, n that, to fight against the gender discrimination of validation through currency tokens.
But this wasn’t the only problem females had with regards to discrimination. Males – at the outset of the industrial revolution – were no longer part of their community.
Previously males had had autonomy to work the land in and amongst their kinfolk. Sure, it was probably tough, regularly. But much more stimulating and rewarding than in a factory. Their priority was to work the land (or maybe be a village blacksmith or carpenter, etc), teach their children, mend anything broken, chop the logs, and generally be part of an extended family, aka local community.
Now, males were being farmed, and females were left to pick up the pieces. Males were ‘ushered’ from the cosy village into cramped, dark and dangerous working conditions (e.g. shovelling coke into an engine), for long periods. This may have affected their good natures.
And so in their ‘down-time’ the males needed to recover. Their psyches had been wounded from the trauma of their new societal obligations: Massive stress, sporadic traumas (work-related injury and deaths) and ill-health often through exposure to toxins, severing of their family dynamics, etc, etc. And the only remedy on offer for the males was alcohol.
So the poor females not only had their workload doubled in the home (because the males were now ‘at the coal-face’ so to speak) but they also had the problem of dealing with a male patient suffering from over-work, trauma and ill-health, and alcoholism. The overarching point being that if you were an adult and part of the working classes, life was likely to have taken a serious ‘hit’ in terms of work-life balance on account of the rabid increase in the capitalists’ earning potential.
And regardless of improved plumbing and the odd electric street light, etc, it wasn’t a surprise that the early-industrial revolution workers began revolting. The Ludites are a famous example. They went around trashing factories and machines. They saw the writing on the wall for the working-folk in a capitalist hierarchical society: Exploitation.
Not to mention the series of global revolutions that seemed to coincide with the psychotic procuring of industry-based, capitalist, labour. Aka slaves, serfs and workers. The financially under-privileged much preferred the luxuries of pre-industrial villages, I think it’s fair to say …even if Thomas Crapper’s invention was very clever (excepting, of course, the fact that it doesn’t stretch your colon properly).
But liberty for capitalists has a very different, and ironic, definition. It means being free to earn at the expense of ordinary people’s lives.
And so, initially, the female workers were – in a capitalist sense – irrelevant. And a gender bias emerged at all teirs of society. Previously sexism had been the privilege of the rich and powerful in the upper echelons, but now the social tumour was spreading throughout. And, as mentioned, it took a global ‘total war’ – involving entire populations – to bring females to financial prominence.
“There!” exclaimed the females. “You see, we can do stuff too! Haven’t we been very good little girls in helping make the bombs and cane the children for not sitting still all day, etc, while you boys have been killing each other. Please validate us with pecuniary equality. We deserve an equal share of abstract tokens!”
“Paf!” said the males. “You think you deserve parity of abstract currency tokens!? We’ve been machine-gunned in trenches! We’re still far more important to capitalist profits than you lot! Piss off and perm your ears while we do double the workload that you can!”
“Right.” said the females indignantly. “Fuck you. We’ll show you. You can consider us on inter-gender warring terms! …Except when we need a lovely cuddle.”
“Hah!” said the males complacently. “Do your worst, you physically weaker gender. See if we care. We are quite capable of existing perfectly well thank you very much, without you cluttering up the human resources departments …except when we need a lovely cuddle too.”
And so the twentieth century’s ‘cold gender war’ raged. Females slowly and surely proving their financial worth; while males, feeling them breathing down their necks, attempted, through insecurity, to maintain their position of financial dominance.
And so here we are. The scrap of the sexes having crescendoed to the point where both adult genders are trying to beat each other to gain validation in an insecure economic world.
Meanwhile the capitalists reap the rewards of having an oversaturated labour market now including both genders – and a population that still considers currency ‘tokens’ to be the be-all-end-all of their existence. Bear in mind also that improved technology continually decreases the capitalists’ interest in people.
So the results:
- Males increasingly bereft of a wholesome family relevance as they strive to maintain their position as ‘bread winner’ through extended domestic absence. Or, alternatively, irrelevance through cultural ‘redundancy’.
- Females, having cut off their noses to spite their faces; commit to a capitalist income schedule while also attempting to successfully ‘anchor’ their family.
- And the species’ young jumping up and down shouting, “Excuse us! Are we the only ones who can see how fucking bonkers this whole thing is…!? Shouldn’t we be a societal priority before abstract fucking tokens or you’re battles to validate yourselves…!?”