Amaretto Sour in a Scotch World: A Recent Trip With American Airlines

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There are so many times women, no matter what type of shoes they are wearing, have to go toe to toe with a world ruled and ran by men. My experience today is one small example that compounds on the many others each day to frustrate even the strongest feminist heart.

This afternoon I was waiting for a flight back to DC in the American Airlines

Admirals Club and decided to enjoy an alcoholic beverage. However, the (female)

bartender informed me that she did not have the ingredients for the amaretto sour I

had ordered. No problem, nothing unusual there, I would just order something else.

“What can you make that’s fruity,” I asked. “Nothing really,” was her response, “just

the hard stuff.” Did she have a Bacardi O or a Smirnoff Ice? Nope, and she pointed

me to the long line of beer bottles from which I could make a choice. I told her I’m

not a beer drinker and must have looked quite confused since I’ve never had such a

difficult time ordering a drink. She had an idea; she could make me a martini. Great!

I told her an apple martini would be fantastic. Oh, but she didn’t have the

ingredients to make an apple martini, just the regular one. Hmmm.

That’s when I got it – this bar was stocked for men. The hard liquor, the beer

selection, and the lack of a feminine selection of drinks made it abundantly clear

that American Airlines felt only men should be gracing their privileged club. Of

course that makes sense, since only men could possibly be successful enough to

afford the pricey club fees, right?

Beaded Sandals and Laptop Computers

So I took a quick glance around to see how many other women were in the club.

There were quite a few. There was a mom with her kids. A few businesswomen were

pounding away at their computers and headphones connecting them to their cell

phones.

After this lengthy ordeal with the bartender, I settled for a coke, sauntered off to

rejoin my carry-ons, and opened my computer up to type this piece. Behind my

leather armchair sits a businesswoman eating a quick lunch. To my right is another

businesswoman with her high tech gadgets strung across a table while she works

from the airport between flights. She is dressed a bit more “butch” than the rest of

the women here, a step many women had to take just to make it in the business

world.

I refuse to conform though. I’m wearing my favorite beaded sandals, my turquoise

bracelet is dangling from my wrist just below my manicured hand and my hair is

long and flowing – not pulled back in a bun or business do. I look professional, but I

don’t look manly.

The Best Man for the Job Can Be a Woman

Whether in business, politics or society at large, women are more than capable of

integrating with feminine grace into areas previously restricted to men only. I know

it’s a dog eat dog world out there, but women have been putting up with those

same kind of dogs for a long time inside the house – so we have no problem dealing

with them outside of the house as well.

Women do not want, nor do we need, to be protected from the mean world. It

infuriates me to hear patronizing excuses from men for hiring a woman to do a job

they cannot do themselves instead of just resigning to the fact that they hired the

best man for the job and she is a woman.

No Backing Down

I will continue to frequent American Airlines Admirals Club and other such places

just to let the boys club know it’s time to take the “Girls Not Allowed” sign off the

door. It’s also time to get some feminine drinks in the bar. This is not a man’s world

anymore; it is a human world now. Women are not invading their space – we are

simply occupying space that rightfully belonged to us all along.

In a few minutes I’ll board my plane and sit in first class, where I can at least get an

amaretto and Sprite. It seems women are expected to travel first class, but not as

businesswomen. During my flight, I will start an article I was hired to write for a

businessman who has good ideas but doesn’t have a strong writing ability. How

ironic that I am not expected to function in the business world, yet the business

world needs me (and women like me) in order to function.

I refuse to back down one inch on my assertion that equality for women should flow

into every aspect of life. However, I also refuse to relinquish even one of my

feminine traits in my quest for equality. Inequality is the first injustice imposed on

women and the expectation to masculine conformity is the second injustice.

The small things like my experience today will change one by one as more and more

women take their rightful place in the world. Until then, I will politely request that

American Airlines start stocking their bars to accommodate the tastes of both men

and women. After all, a woman needs a good stiff (fruity) drink sometimes too.


write by Jena

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