Men and the Industrial Revolution

This blog post concerns an article, “The Industrial Revolution and the Plight of Men” and the complaint by a feminist that the article does not do enough to address concerns over the plight of women.

Industrial revolution powered by the muscles and lives of men - Railway Navvies Photo

Railway Navvies
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MonKayGRL wrote:

Dear fathers for life,

i was doing some research for a term paper that i have to do for a class, when i stumbled upon your website. i was excited to read an article that didn’t have the same things to say as all the rest, until i got to the “pink quotes” where it was mentioned that its our “own fault” if we believe those quotes. there was one quote saying “women mostly found work in textile mills…” and the caption under it said “why didn’t women do the honorable thing…” well that made my jaw drop open that someone could be so ignorant as to write that. women couldn’t do the “honorable” thing because of their lack of education. and whose fault was that? the mens, because unless a woman was very wealthy she couldn’t get an education, and even if she was wealthy she wasn’t allowed to study science or philosophy, so could you please explain to me how you expect a women to do the same if not greater things as a man when he has the tools handed to him and she can’t even touch them?

Hello D.M.,

First off, the article that irks you is not about feminism during the industrial revolution but addresses the condition and status of men at that time, as indicated by its title, “The Industrial Revolution and the Plight of Men“.

Navvies: The building of rail lines was very labour intensive. This work was done by the legendary navvies. At one stage during the C19th, one in every 100 persons who worked in this country [the United Kingdom] was a navvy. The word “navvy” came from the word navigator [see a more precise description of the origin of the term]. By the mid-C19th – the height of railway mania – there were 250,000 navvies throughout the country.

“Herstory” is not a good source of information

You asked, “how you expect a women to do the same if not greater things as a man when he has the tools handed to him and she can’t even touch them?”

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You must have been told something about the guild system when you referred to that bit about “the tools”. Whatever it was that you had been taught about that can only come from one source: feminist indoctrination, more specifically and narrowly, from “herstory”.

The vast majority of people then were simple labourers, not guild members, but even amongst the labourers, women did not do heavy work and still almost exclusively don’t. Heavy, sweaty, dirty and dangerous work was and still is a male domain, partially because women never did and still don’t want to do it, partially because society did not and still does not want women to perform that sort of work.

Moreover, men and women in the labour forces were then generally equally uneducated (today still generally equally under-educated). Still, men then comprised (and still do) the vast majority (about 19 out of every 20) serious and fatal job accidents.

However, with you having been firmly indoctrinated (f.y.i.: that is, “brainwashed”) with “herstory”, no one should be surprised about the sort of reasoning you use for the questions you ask.

A closer look at the Industrial Revolution and the Plight of Men

Have a closer look at The Industrial Revolution and the Plight of Men and read past the statement that got you riled up. Keep in mind that the article deals solely with the labouring classes.

As it is not possible to get to know enough and to become well informed when reading stories and articles that come from sources dominated and tainted by a single ideology, feminism, you should broaden your understanding and read more on issues pertaining to the Industrial Revolution:

Things Feminists Don’t Want to Know
Feminism For Male College Students: A Short Guide to the Truth
The Magic Washing Machine (and the men behind the curtains)

You implied that women were not educated as well as men were. To address that misconception, make sure to look at an article from “Short Guide to the Truth” that sheds more light on that concern of yours:

Did Women Really Want To Go Out To Work?

Consider also that during the industrial revolution schooling became compulsory, equally for girls and boys, and that any girl who wanted to get an education as good as any boy did faced few obstacles and a lot of encouragement. For instance, before the 1930s, a long time before the radical feminists came into view that ultimately usurped and controlled the education system and dumbed it down by saturating it with feminist propaganda, more women graduated from medical schools and similar institutions of higher learning than do today.

If you wish to remain ignorant about the truth, then insist on limiting your knowledge and understanding by sticking to “herstory”.


Walter Schneider


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