So it is time again for the annual United way donation drive. As I have stated before one event the company I work for does is to take donations to make the few remaining male supervisors and managers wear "traditional" female dress for the day. They then parade the men in drag around to be hooted and leered at by the mostly female employees. Its pretty sad and not something the males appear to really enjoy (at least not many of them).
Every year I am offended by this event and try and hide my disdain since I need the insurance the company offers I have stayed silent on the matter.
However this year the local media celebrity/spokesman gave a speech promoting the over all fund campaign and also made the comment that the local DV shelter, which is a possible recipient of the donated money, had reported that they receive upto 1200 calls a month. He didn't say they took 1200 domestic violence calls just that they took 1200 calls. Hell it could have been 600 wrong number calls for pizza delivery but the implied message is of course that they took 1200 calls of domestic violence against women. Also 1200 calls a month would be about 5% of the local population calling in if I am not mistaken.
This statement along with the added frustration of the "drag queen march" is seriously pushing me to write a letter to the plants general manager and the local director for the United Way to explain why I find these things so offensive and will not be donating any money.
I know the United way has done some other sexist events in other cities like the "average man dating thing" which includes astronauts and nas-car drivers as everyday sort of men.
I am seriously teetering here back and forth. The money isn't that important as I could get a job easily making the same amount of money its the insurance that would bite. Also the state I live in is a right to work state which simply means a right to be fired for no reason and we don't care state.
Not sure yet what I am going to do. Suggestions and advice are much appreciated and I will let everyone know how it turns out.
I just think it is time to take a stand on such things. I am sick of the double standards.