You know I’m no feminist, but this post is disgusting! It’s basically insinuating that all the women who did work and the entire social shift that occurred is invalid because the woman in the reference photo they used chose to be a cellist (because there were no males who chose to be musicians, right?) The character in the poster is called Rosie the Riveter, not Geraldine the Hoff, and she represents the idea that willing women are just as capable as men… Something that should be respected unless you think all women belong barefoot and pregnant at home.
Certainly, there’s nothing wrong with being a cellist, but there are several points you seem to be missing:
a) The contrast between the fact that she quit being a riveter as soon as possible because it’s dangerous and the gung-ho image of Rosie is ironic, and I mean proper, dictionary definition ironic.
b) The comparison between her reason for quitting (the danger of riveting) and the sacrifice of over 20 million soldiers is obnoxious and asinine at best, but generally comes off as horrific and offensive.
c) “Women are just as capable as men” is a woefully incorrect, or at the very least, woefully incomplete notion, the more proper one is “some women are just capable as men in some fields, though not as capable in others, and vice versa, while keeping in mind that there are exceptions”.
d) This isn’t reflected in the original post, but it bears mentioning that while the poster was made in 1943, it soon fell into obscurity and only re-emerged and re-popularized in the 1980’s, very much at the peak of 2nd wave feminism, where the notions of “women are exactly like men from the shoulder up” and “women are just as physically capable as men” ran rampant, those are fairly archaic notion that originated in the 60’s and is thoroughly being debunked by modern neurology, physiology, and (less concretely) evolutionary psychology.
I didn’t ‘miss the point’.
a) She is not the subject of the poster. The poster was to encourage women to help with the war effort in ways women had not traditionally been encouraged to help in. The poster has nothing to do with the woman who was used for a reference photo. At all.
b) And many other women stayed in dangerous jobs in order to help with the war effort and to support their families. There were also women who acted as spies and who worked as nurses in the war. The fact one woman chose to pursue her music career does not make this funny nor make the actions of females in the work force less valid. As I pointed out, there were male musicians, too, and not every man was in the military. The horror of the comparison that you point out is just emotional manipulation.
c) Oh come off it! I said WILLING women are just as capable. Everyone should pursue what they are good at, what they can make a living doing, what fulfills them, what is needed, etc. It’s not a matter of sexual identity but ability. The idea of Rossie was that women are just as capable of doing physical labor and mechanical work as men. It wasn’t a dig at men, it was encouragement for women to find the strength to step outside the roles they’d spent their lives being taught to play in order to help with the war effort.
d) On average there are statistical differences, but on the individual basis, individuals run the gamut. There are not just the feminine nurturing women and the masculine strong men… There’s absolutely everything in between. We should free ourselves from gender roles and only focus on the ability and talents of individuals.
I said it before and I’ll say it again; I do not care if you associate this with feminism. I only care about the validity of an idea on it’s own merits. I do not give a flying fuck about MRA and Feminists.