Using E-Cigarettes In Office Parties to Fit In With the Guys

One of the things I firmly believe in is that if the guys get to do something, women should be able to do as well. This recently led to an interesting post-work office mixer. I work with a truly great group of guys. They’re the kind of guys who would beat up any guy who did anything to hurt one of the girls who works in the office and also give us the shirt off our backs, but they also like to have a good time. Sometimes their idea of a good time is thinking up ways to aggravate their female co-workers.

Every two or three months we try to have a big, non-work get together where we can just hang out and be friends. A few months ago the guys decided to plan the event. Apparently they decided to see just how far they could push the gender equality issue because they planned an entire day hanging out at the lake. This sounded like a great idea until I got a list of the activities they had planned. The list included fishing, beer brewing, and sampling cigars and cigarettes.

I can’t speak for the rest of my female co-workers but the list wasn’t full of activities I would normally enjoy. I’d never gone fishing, so at least that would be a new experience. I don’t mind the occasional beer so that part of the list I could handle. But smoking? I’ve never smoked a cigarette in my life and wasn’t in a hurry to start.

I got together with a group of girls from the office who shared my concerns and we sat down and discussed how we would handle the list. One of the girls happened to mention how she knew someone who had just gotten a rule passed that permitted e-cigarettes in office meetings and was now allowed to smoke indoors during working hours. She said that the reason the e-cigarettes in office policy was allowed stemmed from the fact that the electronic cigarettes weren’t considered dangerous, that using them wouldn’t compromise the health of the non-smokers.

I was intrigued by the whole e-cigarettes in office concept and did some research. Although there is some concern about what the long term impact of inhaling vapor juice might be, nothing I read made me think I would be compromising my health if I vaped for during a fun day at the lake, and since I could get nicotine free vapor juice, I didn’t have to worry about the possibility of becoming addicted. I talked it over with the girls, and we all agreed that during the lake outing, we’d try electronic cigarettes. We pooled some money together and bought a starter kit and several different vapor juice flavors. Since we used a discount code, the expense was actually quite minimal.

While our electronic cigarettes might not have been exactly like the stinky cigars and cigarettes that the guys tried out that day, we still felt like we were participating in the same events and ended up having a fantastic weekend.

Gender Equality in Today’s Modern Culture

It’s a sad fact in the world in which we live that gender equality is not alive and well. Women these days suffer from many of the same issues that they once did in the olden days. It is a true fact that women are paid less in the work force than that of their male counterparts. It doesn’t even matter what the job is, if there is a woman doing the job and a man doing the same job, the woman will be paid less. This is true even if the job that is being done is larger for the woman; the male is still going to be paid more for the job. This kind of discrimination also happens when women are looking for a job. Typically however these days a woman will get the job over the white male, because the companies are trying their best to be correct and not to be sued. Once the woman is hired however, the story is the same as it has always been.

Another way that gender inequality rears its ugly head is in the home. Many women love to get outside and do yard work but their husbands may have been raised that the women is to stay inside and do dishes and take care of the family. There are some husbands out there that were not raised by the typical mom however but those are few and far between. If you marry a man that thinks it’s your job to stay home and take care of the family and you were not raised that way, I am sure there is going to be some strife in your household. Check these kinds of things out before you marry and you will be less likely to have future problems.