… of the perpetually offended.
In the battle of the sexes, women’s magazine editor Cynthia Good said this was a skirmish she had to fight.
Across Atlanta they stood, orange signs with black letters that read “Men At Work” or “Men Working Ahead.”
Sometimes, the signs stood next to women working alongside the men.
Good demanded Atlanta officials remove the signs and last week, Atlanta Public Works Commissioner Joe Basista agreed.
Score one for gender equality, Good said Wednesday.
“They get it,” Good said about the city in a telephone interview.
Public Works officials are replacing 50 “Men Working” with signs that say “Workers Ahead.” It will cost $22 to cover over some of the old signs and $144 to buy new signs, said Public Works spokeswoman Valerie Bell-Smith said.
Good, founding editor of Atlanta-based PINK Magazine, a publication that focuses on professional women, said she’s not stopping with Atlanta.
“We’re calling on the rest of the nation to follow suit and make a statement that we will not accept these subtle forms of discrimination,” said Good, 48.
This is story about much more than who is leaning against their shovel on the county road crew. Egalitarianism, the bastard child of democracy*, is not content with pointing out that girls and boys can both wear steel-toed boots. At its core is a belief that all sex distinctions between men and women are ‘evil’ and as any one who has listened to a Ronald Reagan Margret Thatcher speech knows, evil must be vanquished.
What it means is this… if God is not an egalitarian, and He is not, then by definition He must be evil and belief in His rule over man (again ladies this includes you) is the source of evil in the world. In the end, the fact that the Father has a Son and they both send out the Holy Spirit is anathema to those who believe in a flat authority structure.
I have too much to do this evening to write much more, but let me just leave you with a link to a series of messages from Steve Schlissel: This is his series on egalitarianism and it is golden.
One last thing and I will go… In creation, God made “them” male and female and did so in His own image (Gen 1:26-28). Now in that creation God made Adam first, which had implications. Adam then named Eve, again – implications. Adam then made a road sign which read “ADAM AT WORK” and Eve refused to hold the sign for him. She went looking for fruit instead – implications abounded.