Lori Whit wrote:I agree that women farmers of all ages and backgrounds all around the world are amazing and strong. But there are some people (sometimes women) who need to learn how to do things they weren't taught, or were even taught that they couldn't do--and people with physical challenges who need other ways of approaching work.
I'm glad to find tools that help me, like the small hand tool, the hori hori, which makes small scale hand digging much easier. Little things like this, experience, and encouragement can make this sort of work more accessible for lots of people.
So I am not offended by the post but encouraged that others learn ways around any limits perceived or otherwise.
S Bengi wrote:I think that a woman can hire a few contractors or rent/buy a few tools/machinery and do any job a man can do.
Okay maybe hiring a few contractors is 'cheating' but everyone uses tools so go ahead and get an appropriate tool.
But I think what you are really saying is what to do when you haven't been "book-educated" or "experience-educated" in certain tasks like electrical or changing a tire, lol. I know cheeky tire example.
The answer is:
get educated (youtube, books, workshop/school, as questions on forums, google stuff)
get low-risked experience (volunteer, practice before you really needed, hire someone to review your work, hire someone not just to fix it but to teach you in the process)
Pearl Sutton wrote:Bethany: I'm a small female who does a LOT of traditionally male work 95% of the time alone, it is just what I find interesting to do, or needs to be done. If you haven't seen the thread I did on Tool Thoughts for Women you might find it interesting. I keep meaning to write the rest of that series, that goes into a lot more tools, and the physics of physiology to choose the ones that work for you, but keep getting distracted. (Squirrel!!)
Have not watched your video, not a video person, I may try later tonight. I saw commentary in this thread about hearing snarky comments about what you do, the one that baffles me is "You must be a lesbian." No. My skills and talents have nothing to do with who I sleep with. Where do people GET this stuff?
And I always LOVE your posts! Wish you lived near me :)
Keep being awesome!
Kathleen Sanderson wrote:P But there is no getting around the fact that some of the heaviest work would be easier for a man than it is for a woman. Like Brittany said, you have to work smarter, or evaluate your priorities and maybe hire someone, in order to get those things done.
Kathleen Sanderson wrote:... Anyone who refuses to admit that there ARE physical differences in strength between men and women has drunk the PC kool-aid. This in no way diminishes women, or is prejudiced against women. There are things where women are stronger than men, but upper-body physical strength is not, in general, one of them. Women and men are just not the same. We are not *supposed* to be the same! It is not sexist or bigoted or any of the other PC buzz-words to admit that! It's just fact. Women ARE good workers and CAN and often do run farms by themselves. But there is no getting around the fact that some of the heaviest work would be easier for a man than it is for a woman. Like Brittany said, you have to work smarter, or evaluate your priorities and maybe hire someone, in order to get those things done.