Patriarchy smells like burned feminist firefighter

Smell the Patriarchy ladies, have a good long sniff. When someone treats me as a lesser human being because I am a woman and expects less of me because I am a woman that is the patriarchy in action according to old fashioned feminists like myself. Modern feminists on the other hand are quite comfortable with less being expected of them. This latest example of the sisterhood in action disgusts me. This kind of dumbed down expectations of women is called ‘ Affirmative action,’ but it smells very much like burned feminist firefighter to me.

Rebecca Wax Photo: J.C. Rice

Rebecca Wax Photo: J.C. Rice

“Rebecca Wax, 33, is set to graduate Tuesday from the Fire Academy without passing the Functional Skills Training test, a grueling obstacle course of job-related tasks performed in full gear with a limited air supply, an insider has revealed.

“We’re being asked to go into a fire with someone who isn’t 100 percent qualified,” the source said. “Our job is a team effort. If there’s a weak link in the chain, either civilians or our members can die.”

Wax’s graduation comes as the city celebrates the FDNY’s 150th anniversary and as the department is under pressure by the de Blasio administration to hire more women.”

…Only 44 of the FDNY’s 10,500 firefighters are female.

While Wax fell short, two other female probies in the graduating class passed the FST with flying colors.

“They’re kicking butt. They’re doing better than 50 percent of the class,” the insider said. “When they get assigned to a firehouse, they’ll be welcomed with open arms because they’ve done what everyone else has gone through.”

Other female firefighters aren’t pleased about Wax’s treatment, either.

“A lot of the girls in the field are pissed because they feel like they’re getting lumped into the same category of a female getting special treatment and not meeting the same standards as the males,” the insider added. “It devalues what the women in the field have accomplished.”

…Despite many attempts over the Fire Academy’s 18-week training course, Wax completed the test just once — but it took her more than 22 minutes, the source said.

…Under the FDNY’s new hiring policy, probies must earn at least 75 percent on the combined requirements of academics, hands-on skills and physical fitness.

Wax had a high grade-point average on her academics, which officials determined offset her FST deficiency, the insider said.

Last December, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro told a City Council hearing on the FDNY’s efforts to recruit women that he had changed FST requirements to lower obstacles.

“We still grade the people. You can still fail it if you go beyond the time, but you’re not automatically failed from the program,” he said.

He also indicated he wanted to act before a possible sex discrimination lawsuit after the city paid $98 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the FDNY of discriminating against minorities.

“We must no longer wait for a judge’s ruling to tell us what fairness means,” Nigro said.

United Women Firefighters, an organization of FDNY women, objects to the FST test, contending it unfairly bars females.

The FST requires a much higher level of fitness than the Candidate Physical Ability Test, which applicants must pass to enter the academy.

Experts say the FST mirrors the demands of the job, training would-be firefighters to work in stressful environments while conserving their air supply.

Nigro, questioned by The Post during an FDNY anniversary celebration at a Midtown firehouse Saturday, refused to comment on Wax’s fitness failure.

-nypost.com

When I was a Territorial soldier I had to pass the Battle fitness test. I had to carry a male soldier who was taller and heavier than me and he in turn had to carry me. I had to carry the same gear the same distance within the same time frame as every other soldier. When I passed the test I felt a real sense of pride. I was useless at P.E when I was at high school but in the army I applied myself and despite my small frame and lack of muscles I was able to obtain peak fitness during my basic training and meet all the requirements.

A fire fighter like a soldier has a job that is life and death in many situations. A fire fighter who cannot pass the physical fitness test is a danger to themselves, to the other firefighters and to the people they are there to rescue.

 

 


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