Adam Ruins Everything – The “Golden Age of Flying” Was Sexist as Hell | truTV

Adam Ruins Everything – The “Golden Age of Flying” Was Sexist as Hell | truTV


This isn’t classy
at all, okay? Where are the free drinks
and people hooking up in the bathrooms
and stuff? Oh, men expecting
service like that was the worst part
of our jobs. Flying was not a good time for the flight attendants
of this era. Tevin, flight attendants
then and now aren’t there just
to wait on you. They play an important safety
role on the flight crew. But despite that,
for decades, they had to endure
profoundly sexist and disrespectful
treatment. Like what you see,
gentlemen? All our flybirds are
high school graduates, 20 years old,
no bigger than 5’9″ tall, 135 pounds, and none
of them wear glasses. And did I mention she’s contractually
required to stay single. She could be your next wife. All of these were
real job requirements. Back then, roughly 80% of the airline’s
passengers were men, and they marketed
their flights like skeevy
singles mixers. The airlines basically gave
their passengers a free pass to physically and verbally
harass their employees and, worse,
the flight attendants were required to smile
their way through it. The smile rule
actually inspired the term
“emotional labor.” It’s when a job
requires you to take care of
others’ emotional needs at the expense
of your own. The technical definition applies to service industry
work like flight attendants… But it’s also
a role women play in our personal lives
every damn day. Excuse me, hi, uh…
(clears throat) we’re flying
in a metal machine thousands of miles
through the air. Is it anyone’s job to make
me feel better about that, even though they’re
freaking out too? Peanuts? Wow. You know, I bet
I’d feel even better with that sweet
caboose on my crotch, if you catch my drift. Oh, yuch! This
isn’t classy at all.

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  1. I had taken a plane before, really I just wanted to get home, I was sunburnt and tire,d and starting college. A simple flight from Florida to Virginia was all I needed. I didn't ask for being name planes from my aunt, but she's in the army so it was American Airlines and another smaller American type plan. The first one you got a cookie half way, I tried it, not the best thing I ever had, but I saved it for later.
    The flight attendants were very nice, and I tried to be kind, I mean really, I work in retail a kind 'Thank you' is always appreciated.

    I never understood why people mistreat flight attendants.

  2. does anyone know if there is a way to make suggestions to the show of future topics? I would appreciate this show talking over popular myths and misconceptions about abortions.

  3. "She's contractually obligated to stay single. She could be your next wife!"
    It's unfortunate that Adam Ruins Everything so often deliberately distorts issues and makes exaggerated claims. In this case they're ignoring the primary reason for the "not married" requirement. You can't be a flight attendant while pregnant. Airlines saved a lot of money by not having to deal with maternity leave. That is the real reason, not to advertise the stewardesses as being available for marriage. Almost nobody knew of this requirement for employment so that is not a reasonable explanation for it's existence.

  4. Harassment is still a huge issue for the service industry, especially women working it in. Worked at Dunkin and there was this guy we called "the purple sunglasses guy" because he ALWAYS wore these weird circular lightly tinted purple glasses. He was about my grandpa's age (80) and would always come in and harass us women. Most of the staff was women, so there was no avoiding it. He'd ask for blowjobs behind the buildings, say he'd show us a good time, make the other girls dig through his handful of change as a sexual power move.. And if we did anything about it, we'd have been fired. We got a new female manager and she banned him from the store, but this went on for years before that. I don't know it's legally possible to allow your workers to be continually harassed by customers but not other employees.

  5. Am I missing something or how is this connected to free drinks (included in ticket price) and all air marshalls not breaking down the door to bathroom when 2 people enter it (which is actually reasonable for safety of everybody else)? Which was what triggered that whole thing.

  6. The idea that they were contractually obligated to stay single so guys could hit on them is insane, after all, how would a passenger know if she was single or not? The real reason is that single employees are more willing to relocate, are less upset if they have to work a holiday or overtime shift and were less likely to get pregnant for obvious reasons. I'm not saying I support the policy, just saying that it had nothing to do with the travelers hitting on them.

  7. Yeah but most men are soldiers and risk their lives, I think women can zip it over whining about the fact they have a job.

  8. If this ep doesn't end with a Come From Away reference (or at least a shout out to Beverley Bass), I will be very disappointed.

  9. the problem with this picture is equality is missing, in other words the male Flight attendant should be expected to perform the same services (wink wink) to the female clients that the female Flight attendant are expected to perform for the male (then everyone is a winner)
    Of course it would also be a horrible job like most jobs in the service industry only they get paid more money then people in retail and call centers combined and both of these other professions have a much harder time with providing the emotional support to their customers in a even higher stressed environment (a cabin crew may have a few hundred passengers shared amongst the crew in total but a call center has hundreds of customers they deal directly with and usually with the expectation of handling the call in around 2-3 min with no breaks between calls)
    TLDR: I would gladly provide "services" for first class ticket holders if it meant i got paid to fly around the world and a great sallary.

  10. Oh, Adam. If only you truly knew the flight crew world like I do. Sure, it seems sexist as hell, but the guys and gals in it are all a part of it. Sure, it seems obnoxious when it comes from some drunk passenger, but the females off duty can be aggressive as anybody, and I've watched 'em hook up with pilots and passengers alike on layovers. When I was flight crew, seemed like ALL OF US were a bunch of horn dogs. I've had some of my female crewmates harass me bad too, despite my denials due to me having a significant other. Grabbing my ass, my piece, trying to kiss me, etc. I can't quite explain it, but there it is. The hyper-sexualness of it all cuts across gender barriers. It's a world that SJWs simply can't comprehend.

  11. Three things:
    One: It’s called a job
    Two: It’s called marketing to a majority demographic to increase sales
    Three: “Emotional Labor” on the show is basically define as decent costumer service

    (I know that in the past America was sexist but your comparing then to now, as well saying we haven’t come very far but we have.)

  12. 'Sweet caboose on my crotch'. Wow, I just love a subtle approach. I know it's just for effect here but I'm guessing it wasn't that far off from many actual one-liners heard down through the years.
    I'm sure that line worked every time. That ones about as smooth as a jagged mountain edge. Yikes.

  13. My maternal Grandma used to work as a flight attendant during those days and quiet because of the sexist passengers.

  14. Surprise surprise, nobody wants to be attended to on a flight by a land whale waddling down the aisles. As for the physical appearance, the only people up in arms about that are said land whales. When is the clock going to start on this male feminist's rape allegations?

  15. Flight Attendants don't actually get paid until they're in the air, so everything they do for you on the ground is for no pay.
    Think about that.

  16. So what you're saying is that the female attendants used to be sluts? Or at least definitely not afraid of showing themselves.

  17. the time where men were men? And girls were admired by men. Was sexiest? How horrible! Flirting with young attractive single girls!? Horrible sexist times! Now feminist get power from the gov to tell us how stupid and useless we are, and at the same time having men do all the shitty labor jobs that women don’t want.

  18. If you harass people in the service industry, I am contractually obliged to remove your arms from your torso with a rusty spork

  19. The idol industry is even worse, your not allowed to have a relationship cause you will work until your pooped, fans will harass you, or you’ll be in court, your fans are older than you, they will stalk you, harass you, and harass you even more when you leave the idol industry.
    Why isn’t show talking about this which taking place to this day?

  20. It's not just girls who are harassed I've been sexually assaulted in class and sexually harassed at work the difference is lonely (horney) girls think men are just pices of meat that just wanna have sex

  21. I'm taking a gender studies class right now and they actually talk about all of this in my textbook. It's nearly all verbatim too, kinda freaky actually. Lol

  22. IT'S ALL A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE. I SURE IN THE HELL DON'T LIKE 'WANNA BE MEN' FEMALES IN THE COCKPIT. STEWS SHOWING OFF THEIR FLABBY 'PITCHING ARMS', THROWING NUT SNACKS EVERYWHERE, AND MESSY CABINS. IN SOME CIRCLES, 'WOMEN'S LIB' HAS INVADED THE SKIES. WOMEN ARE WOMEN, AND MEN ARE MEN. SOMEWHERE THEY ARE SKEWED. MEN MUST DO THINGS TO ME MEN, AND 'STEWING' ISN'T ONE OF THOSE THINGS. HAVE YOU NOTICED; IN CULTURES WHERE 'WOMEN'S LIB' IS NONEXISTENT, WOMEN REMAINED WOMEN. THEY CAN'T RAISE BEARDS AND MOUSTACHES, BUT THEY RAISED HELL ANYWAY. THANK GOD FOR THE SEPARATION OF THE SEXES.

  23. There was also an age requirement, after you reach a certain age you were fired because they only wanted young attractive woman. "Oh Happy Birthday Martha, you're fired."

  24. When I’m on a plane I always thanks the flight attendances for both teaching plane safety and being trained in case of a crash but i think anyone could do it as well

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