This “Woman’s” Work: Would You Date A Man With These Pink Collar Jobs?

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December 30, 2012 ‐ By Brooke Dean
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In today’s economic climate, a man or woman would be wise to take a job – any job – if they can get one. If we’re lucky, we’ll land a job that we actually like, because when you love what you do, your work becomes your play. But do we make certain judgments based on a person’s occupation, even if they happen to love it and be good at it? Even with all our diversity today, men who are attracted to typically female jobs get the side eye from other men and women alike, because they are considered to be “soft” professions. While I believe that we’re a little more open-minded when it comes to this sort of thing, men are still hesitant to disclose their profession for fear that it’ll send a woman running in the opposite direction because their masculinity comes into question. But as we head into a near year, ask yourself, are you more socially accepting of a man in a “pink collar” job, or do you think men who do any of the following are not really “manly” men? Would you date a:

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  • Jonesie

    Um, why is this even an issue?

  • http://twitter.com/Nerdstradamas Kendra

    In time, our attitudes about men in these petitions will change, just as they have about male teachers, or men who enjoy cooking. And who knows what contribution more male energy could bring to these “pink collar jobs” IDK, IMO, IJS…

    • http://twitter.com/Nerdstradamas Kendra

      positions*

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anthony-Muthapukkin-Tinney/100001244269956 Anthony Muthapukkin Tinney

    I`m actually shocked! For once not a negative statement about blk men on a blog by M.N. Blk women showing respect for a blk man that`s simply trying to pay the bills.Might be hope for the black race after all.

  • Dawnn

    There is nothing wrong with a guy becoming a nurse. I don’t have a problem dating a guy who works as a nurse or any of those jobs. As long as he is earning a decent and honest living and working on toward bettering himself. I rather have a man who does one of these occupations and makes honest living at it than to have a bum who is lazy sit around and watch tv and smoke weed all day, don’t want to work, can’t keep a job, can lay pipe in the bedroom (that don’t have a job). Now I know that are women out there who rather have a man that don’t have a job, sit at home all day using up the waters and light, smoke weed all day and can lay pipe.

  • Say What?

    I’m sorry that you somehow think that these jobs are considered “woman’s work”, but perhaps if you left the hood or at least the 1920’s you might realize this is a brand new day. I’ve been to L.A. and met both a hairdresser and nail technician that were both straight and are in the business because it makes a LOT of money. I swear i can’t tell if this site is here to help promote or hurt the black community. Any man with a job right now isn’t doing too bad.

  • Sagittarius81

    I’m a nurse at a elementary school and at the maternity ward at the hospital and my fiance is a CNA nurse at a nursing home. I met him while we both were in nursing school and as long as we both provide for each other, it shouldn’t matter what job he has, a job is a job so bills, rent can be paid.

  • scandalous7

    well this is an ignorant question

  • JaneJane

    When you find the dude that is a house cleaner, send him on over….sister needs so help! As long as he has a job where people know him, expected him there regularly, ‘n don’t think he is the new temp…he is a keeper!

  • JaneJane

    When you find the dude that is a house cleaner, send him on over….sister needs so help! As long as he has a job where people know him, expected him there regularly, ‘n don’t think he is the new temp…he is a keeper!

  • ElvisWasAHero2Most

    Problem dating a “pink collar” man? Shiiiiieeeeeettttt, I know shorties dating unemployed guys, I’m sure they would not mind if their man had a pink job.

  • xxdiscoxxheaven

    EFF the writer if this article! Nurses (BSN RN and LPN) do so much more than your dumb sentence. Any educated person knows a CNA does the work you describe.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JAI4SRENU2A5WKRTELXXYJPDSI Kayla

    I’m offended that having a job in a female dominated arena is considered less than or unimportant. I.e the cute nurse takes temps while the important male doctor saves lives.

  • JaneDoe

    As long as he is not a professional free loading, baby making, mommas boy we good.

  • TES

    I do not care what title is attached to a man’s income. As long as he can carry his financial weight in a relationship and take care of his responsibilities, I’m satisfied. If a woman is concerned about a man’s job title and uses that to evaluate his potential value in her life, then she really needs to reexamine her own values. If he is not asking you to pay his bills, child support payments, or co-sign on a loan then I don’t see why his job title or the income attached to it matters.

  • maggie

    As a future doctor, I know what ‘male nurse’ means. Nurses make money and they can work in different fields of the medical system–anesthesiology, emergency, neonatal, etc. that is some serious dollar signs. But I do have a soft spot for the Adonis bodies of ballet dancers, they have some serious glutes.

  • Kaori

    I don’t view jobs/careers as masculine or feminine, so it doesn’t make a difference to me.

  • Pivyque

    I can see that I am in the minority, but I don’t consider these jobs to be “pink collar” or “women’s work”. They are jobs that require qualified individuals. If that individual happens to be a man…oh well. I’ve been getting my nails done for years by a man. His wife works there as well.

    • Trisha_B

      I didn’t look thru the list (i refuse to click on those pages until MN makes a slideshow, no pay for them lol) but i guess those jobs are considered for the women since it starts from kids toys. Commercials show the little girls w/ the baby dolls. Little girls are shown feeding their baby dolls, little girls are shown playing w/ Nurse Barbie, playing house. The toys are pink & purple. They aren’t aimed for boys. So from pre-school age & up, we are conditioned to think dealing w/ babies, cooking, cleaning, being a nurse are for the women/girls & boys should only be a doctor & the one to bring home the bacon lol. I think there should be a boy baby doll so little boys can learn to be a daddy, like girls learn to be a mommy, more toys should be unisex & we wouldn’t have this thought that certain jobs are for certain genders

      • Pivyque

        You are right about that. Luckily, I hung out with my brothers since we were closer in age, so I didn’t grow up playing with dolls and cleaning toys etc. I was playing with planes and cars when we weren’t playing games outside. I guess I just figure that if women want equality to do things that men normally do, men should be allowed the same options without judgment. A job is a job.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1321309294 Ashley Hooks

    Please! There are plenty of straight male nurses. Americans were sleeping on the nursing profession and just now are catching up. Wish i could luck up on a male RN with about 5 years of experience. $$$$$$

  • nurse betty

    I am offended by the article assuming all a nurse does is take temperatures & change bed pans for a living. nurses are the backbone of the hospital on the front lines saving lives, advocating for patients & ensuring doctors are ordering the right tests, analyzing results, teaching patients & their families about meds & the patient’s disease process, etc. the role of a nurse cannot be summed up with one sentence & it is offensive to lead the general public to think nurses get huge amounts of $ just to take temp & change bed pans which is usually the responsibility of a nurse’s aide or patient care tech.

    • nursej

      I think you need to say it again. How many lives do we save because doctors dont have the relationships with patients that we nurses have. Have many times do we go the extra mile cause patients are to intimidated by doctors to ask the question that led to the understanding they need to care for themselves. Yes, I will gladly change a patient if thats what my patient needa, but that is by far not my priority.

      • Eggy

        “Doctors bad, nurses good.” *rolleyes* How do you walk upright with that huge chip on your shoulder??? Are there bad doctors? Yes. But the majority are good. Are there great nurses? Absolutely. But not ALL are. Not all go that extra mile, or establish a relationship with the patient, or care more than the doctor treating them. What the hell are they teaching you guys in nursing school?

        • http://twitter.com/Nerdstradamas Kendra

          I don’t think their point was that doctors are bad, but with many doctors being overworked or overburden, these nurses feel as though they help pick up the slack, or support the doctors in the areas they may be lacking.

    • Miss D

      Well said. I am not a nurse but I have worked alongside them and they do so, so much for their patients. They deserve a lot more respect than the writer gave them in this article.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=536872959 Aaron T. Starks

    Since when is nursing a “pink collar” job? Taking care of infirmed people is considered feminine?

    • Nikki

      If you think about it, who takes care of the kids when they are sick? Usually the mom… (Or at least in my home and my friend’s homes they did…)

      • Kaori

        Mostly mothers, but that is because a lot of men view parenting as a woman’s job.

  • JB#3

    My man is a hair stylist and he is 100% straight. The only thing that matters is that his job is legal.

    • http://twitter.com/Nerdstradamas Kendra

      Male hairdressers are normally the bomb dot com, too.

  • princess courtenay

    i dont care if its pink collar blue collar…he has a job?!?!? CALL ME!!!

  • princess courtenay

    i dont care if its pink collar blue collar…he has a job?!?!? CALL ME!!!

    • Nikki

      As long as he’s a BMW. (Black man working)

    • Trisha_B

      Thank you!!! A straight man w/ a legal job. i don’t discriminate! We can be nurses together lol

  • Nurse

    Nurses do not empty bed pans.

  • Nurse

    Nurses do not empty bed pans.

  • IllyPhilly

    I don’t date any man with any job. I like when he’s going through my pocketbook or asking to borrow five dollars every two days. *side eye*

  • IllyPhilly

    I don’t date any man with any job. I like when he’s going through my pocketbook or asking to borrow five dollars every two days. *side eye*

    • Kaori

      This made me laugh out loud for real.

    • JaneDoe

      Your a fool

  • Stanley Dada

    You can date whoever you want, but don’t be telling me all black men are on the down low after you’ve picked up one guy doing any of these things for a living. You should know what you’re getting into.

    • buenochick

      There are men with traditionally masculine jobs who are every bit of on the down low as well

  • kb

    shoot, having lived w/a sloppy man; it would be nice to have bf who had been housekeeper, or manny. Shoot, my friend , always use to joke w/husband that her next relationship would be w/ a woman so she could get a break from housework and the kids!

  • AnonyChick

    Don’t sleep on nurses. They get PAID! Especially, the travel nurses.

  • smrtchick

    I would date a Male nurse or nurse practioner that’s about it on this list.