I get asked quite often by civilian women what it’s like working in a predominantly male dominated field. To be honest?…..I wouldn’t change it for the world and here are my top ten reasons why…..
- They don’t care about what you look like as long as you can do your job. (This means you can wear NO makeup, throw your hair up in a neat or not so neat bun, not have to worry about what to wear that day because you all look the same, and if you skip a day washing your uniform, it’s ok. You all smell like the same disgusting, sweaty, rotten ballistic vest anyway).
- Get into an argument and five minutes later everything is fine as you go take your meal break together. (Men don’t hold on to things like women do. Grudge? What grudge?)
- Go ahead and tell that down right foul joke between calls. (More than likely, he can’t tell or share said joke at home with their respective spouse without getting a disgusted look…..so share away!)
- Working alongside so many men, has a tendency to desensitize you. (Ladies, this is not a bad thing. It helps you train for those uber emotional times of the month and can actually make you seem more even tempered).
- Yeah…..I’m gonna eat that. (Portion control is non-existent when you work with men. They actually think it’s funny if you can ‘out eat’ them at the local buffet).
- You can let your hair down, literally. Don’t worry about suppressing that burp or holding back when you have flatulence. (News flash, they don’t care and will more than likely invite you to compete in the annual body noise Olympics).
- You’ll be in the best shape of your life. (Men will push you physically beyond your limits. Plain and simple, you don’t want to be ‘that girl’ who comes in last).
- You’ll become a professional, verbal judo ninja in a matter of no time when you work with men. (No more taking back sass ladies. If they can dish it, so can you. Making them blush is a good thing).
- Men can sometimes be the BIGGEST whiners. (A scratch can equate to the dramatics of an amputated limb).
- Last but not least, you’ll get to learn cool public servant techniques like changing flat tires, jumping dead car batteries, and how to physically push a vehicle out of a roadway all by yourself. (Why is this important? Brownie points….all around. What guy wouldn’t be impressed with those skills?)
Keep in mind, this is MY top ten list. I’m sure the more women you speak to in Law Enforcement, will have much more to add! These are my observations and in no way, shape or form, represent the entire male police officer population, so no one get their panties in a wad. Who’s jaded now?