- One who hates or mistrusts women.
- A woman-hater.
- A woman hater.
I started working on bulk freighters in the ‘90’s. After a couple of months i noticed it seemed any one over 50 was divorced. I’d hear them talking about how their wives got half their retirement and now they have to continue working an extra 5-10 to rebuild their saving so they can retire.
Generally speaking the guys felt they had provided a good living for their spouse and then she screwed them. I can easily imagine them treating a young female cadet poorly in an effort to drive them out of the industry. The girls should be a home, providing for their family and supporting their husband. Something these guys no longer had and they resented it.
Women onboard would also be seen as potentially disrupting the routine that they depended on. Any disruption to the routine on these ships would draw angry and negative comments. Just having a new deckhand or mate on board and things get tense. Men interact differently with each other when women are around(and women do when men are in the group). We are dealing with human nature here and company policy or law will not change it.
A woman i worked with(mid 40’s) on a passenger boat went to work as a porter on these freighters. Had her own room. She liked to lay out in her bikini. Standing in the pilot house we could tell she was out as we would notice the AB’s repeatedly going out on deck and walking down the same side and around back again. She would hang out in the pilot house so much they posted a sign saying “bridge crew only” or something like that. Eventually she got in a onboard relationship with the captain. This is exactly what these grumpy old men didn’t want to have to deal with. These guys didn’t hate women, it was the disruption to routine that got them irritated.
My mother got a job on a bulk freighter as a deckhand when she was @48 years old. She had been a secretary. It was a 1000’ ITB and she had to room with the other deckhands. Maybe 4 to a room, i dont recall. She put up with all the shit a new green hand has to deal with and she did well enough they called her back the next year.
This is two very different examples of women working on ships. If you want to be successful in this industry I recommend not asking for special consideration, learn fast and do your job well, don’t take shit from anyone, especially your supervisor. Don’t get into sexual relationships or drink onboard.