Jerk Instructor Writes Out Female Firefighter For Breaking Hairstyle Rules, Gets A Taste Of Malicious Compliance
Not everyone can become a firefighter. These people cannot be afraid of heights or confined spaces. They must function well in a crisis, keep their bodies in good shape and be willing to work long shifts, including weekends and holidays.
However, it is an exciting, ever-changing and highly rewarding profession that offers the warmth of camaraderie and the opportunity to provide essential and lifesaving services when needed.
Reddit user Skyyisgood thought she was up for the task. But while attending fire school, the woman repeatedly got herself into trouble due to violations of the dress code, specifically hairstyle requirements. Eventually, the situation deteriorated so much that she was even threatened with deportation.
Fortunately, she found a solution. And when it was all said and done, she even introduced him to the “Malicious Compliance” subreddit.
The career of this trainee firefighter has been threatened due to her repeated violations of the women’s dress code
Image credits: LOGAN WEAVER | @LGNWVR (not the actual photo)
So she opted to follow the male dress code instead.
Image credits: Engin Akyurt (not the actual photo)
Similar problems can also persist beyond school. As the International Association of Women Firefighters and Emergency Services (Women in Fire) points out, some fire departments are falling behind others because organizational change happens slowly and unevenly.
“In most departments, the most experienced firefighters — those with more time on the job — were raised the old-fashioned way and may or may not have adapted well to change,” writes Women in Fire on its website. . “This resistance can cause conflict and resentment. Those who represent change, such as women firefighters, sometimes bear the brunt of this resentment.
If it’s a very poorly run department, people can be sent back to the fire department altogether.
“Women are particularly at risk if the department is mismanaged and fails to control or punish misconduct such as sexual harassment. Working in a hostile environment can harm your mental health or even, in the worst case scenario, put your physical safety at risk. Discriminatory behavior from colleagues and managers can lead to poor training and evaluations that will hurt your chances of being hired elsewhere,” explains Women in Fire. “There aren’t many fire departments like this, but they can be found here and there. Working for one of them is not the best idea, even in the short term.
This is particularly saddening when you consider how long women have been firefighters, over 200 years.
The first female firefighter we know of was Molly Williams, who was a slave in New York and became a member of Oceanus Engine Company #11 around 1815.
Interestingly, during World War II, many women across the United States entered the volunteer fire service to take the place of the men who had been called into action. Two Illinois military fire departments were staffed entirely by women for part of the war.
Now even the progressive nation of Sweden faces similar problems.
In 2017, several national media in Sweden wrote about the problems faced by many fire brigades, often serious, which came as a surprise to many since the country has made a name for itself over the past decades as a progressive and feminist.
In a #metoo-inspired campaign called #LarmetGår (The Appeal), more than 100 reports have arrived in less than a week about sexism, racism and bullying in Sweden’s fire service.
In one report, for example, a female firefighter said she received a banana with a condom on it, left in her locker room on her first day on the job. Another woman said she was regularly called “the hole” by one of her officers during training at the gymnasium, and there was also a female firefighter who was advised by her officers to lock her bedroom the next day. night because they could not guarantee his safety.
So while a dress code may not seem important, it also serves as an example of a larger issue.