Comparing women's and men's occupational health must be done carefully, Messing argues, given that "[w]omen and men Moreover, the impact that the gendered division of labour has on women's occupational health can only be understood by appreciating the interactions among social, biological and political factors within the historical context of a workplace.
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Thus, for example, women may not take up non-traditional jobs, not because they have less strength or "fitness" than men, but because strength is defined and tested on the basis of the male body as the norm and the type of strength needed in jobs usually performed by men. The often arduous physical requirements of women's traditional jobs -- standing for hours, performance of rapid, repetitive movements, lifting heavy or uncooperative bundles children or patients, for example , working in difficult and awkward positions for hours at a time, and so forth -- have been dismissed or ignored by occupational health scientists, who have usually studied traditional men's jobs.
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