I just went through a whole process of applying for an electrical pre-apprenticeship. It's done through a charity group so the training is free (provided by the government) so obviously they have a massive vetting process involved. You have to take an exam, prove you're capable in English, math and science and then if you pass, vetting through the trainers to ensure you're the sort of person they want to bring on board.
Because I'm female, there was a bit more vetting done. I honestly understand where they're coming from. Yes, for some women, a construction site is possible the worst place for them to be. They're sensitive, can't take being yelled at and can't handle the sort of work culture humor or language that comes with the trade. It either makes or breaks you. I even heard a story of a man wanting to leave the trade because he hates the culture. It's not for everyone in general. But, just fuck. I really got tired of having to stress over and over "Yes, I know what it is like. Yes, things are not sunshine and rainbows. Yes some men will probably hit on me and be creeps, like every goddamn job ever."
I mean the previous job I did was landscaping. I don't know if you know anything about dirt but lots of fun wriggly creepy creatures live in it. But apparently that's not convincing enough. I wasn't allowed to work anything like heavy lifting in my home country because no one would hire me on for it. Because I'm a woman. One job even told me I'd get to work in the back but then I was stuck at the front serving customers instead. When I asked about it they said "Oh you have a pretty face, you're better out here." Well, have fun ruining your business then.
I'm just tired of this crap, really. Why do I have to go above and beyond to convince people I really want to work a certain job? I know what I'm applying for, I'm not retarded. And I don't think men are the evil scary monsters this lady is making them out to be. I grew up in a working class culture, all my friends were guys. They're normal people. Jesus christ. ಠ_ಠ