Rehab Addict’s Nicole Curtis Demolishes Entitlement Culture of Women
by Elizabeth Sheld, | 20 Feb 2014
Nicole Curtis is the host(ess) of “Rehab Addict“on the HGTV/DIY networks. I confess to being a huge fan of hers, her show and HGTV/DIY. This morning Curtis took to her Facebook page to issue some smack down to “entitled” women.
Curtis’ show centers around her business of restoring historic houses in run-down neighborhoods of Detroit and Minneapolis. And she walks the walk. Curtis is a hands-on, ass-kicking contractor– knocking down walls, re-surfacing hardwood floors, installing plumbing to name a few things. A diva she is not. Her DIY bio reads:
A self-taught home rehabber and designer, Nicole Curtis is also a mom, a master of salvage picking, and a spirited advocate for saving old houses and rebuilding communities. Resourceful, creative and always in motion, Nicole is hands-on with all of her projects and wouldn’t have it any other way. Her work reflects her passion for repurposing and creating amazing budget-minded designs. In Rehab Addict, her series that airs on DIY Network and HGTV, Nicole harnesses her experience with interior design, contracting and real estate to rebuild neighborhoods one house at a time in Detroit and Minneapolis.
More at the link. Miss Sheld continues to quote Miss Curtis’ Facebook article:
In the past couple of weeks, I have had a few unpleasant experiences with women who actually had the nerve to state that they are a minority business owner (because they are a woman) and that should do what? This is where I bang my head — I am a business owner who happens to be a woman — don’t judge me on my gender — judge me on my work — ladies — you want equal ground — gain it by being equal in professionalism and quality of work — not by making excuses that you are a small minority business owner. It brings the rest of us down. I scrubbed floors for 10 years and worked my rear off to get where I am at-don’t think for a minute that I’m the person to whine to that you should be able to shortstep the process of dedication because you are a woman — last time I checked, I am too. We are all given opportunities when we put the time in and develop the drive — teach your daughters that that’s how you get ahead — no entitlement here, please.
On one of her projects, she had called in a licensed plumber to do some work,1 and the plumber’s helper/apprentice was his daughter. Miss Curtis made something of a big deal about that on the show, complimenting the young woman for going into that kind of get-your-hands-dirty work,2 and saying that she wished that more young women would enter trades like that.
Now that is the kind of feminism, that is the kind of women’s liberation your Editor absolutely supports. It is the kind of feminism which asks only for the opportunity to try, and everything else is based not on being given things or on special considerations, but on whether the woman does well or poorly, whether she succeeds or fails in what she attempts.
Let’s not kid ourselves: Miss Curtis is where she is, as a television star, because she’s — as one of the clients on her show once put it — hot and blonde. But being very attractive and personable was the part which enabled her to transition from a good rehabber to a television star; she had to become a good, hands-on residential rehabber on her own, before she ever got the shot at the television program.3 Had she not been so pretty, she’d (probably) never have gotten the television show, but she’d still be a good rehabilitation contractor and a success in that field. And the vast majority of successful people out there are people who don’t have television programs, who are mostly unknown to everyone but their friends and families.
Back in the early 1990s, a woman who drove a concrete mixer for the company for which I worked said that she was tired of driving a truck, and wanted to get into production. I happened to be the man she asked this of, and her “job interview” for the position was very short:
Me: Can you run a loader?4
Me: There it is; show me.
And for the rest of the afternoon — this was a Thursday — she ran the loader to fill the plant. On Friday, she was back on her mixer, because we had an assigned loader operator. On Saturday, that assigned loader operator broke his foot while working at home.
Come Monday, the regular plant manager and I were there, taking turns running the loader and batching. Trouble is, we had a night pour coming up, which either the plant manager or I normally handled, and a 600 yd³ pour set for Tuesday morning. There was nothing else to do: the regular plant manager did the night pour, I came in at 6:00 AM to do the big pour, and the woman who asked for the production job had to run the loader. Even going as fast as I could to load the trucks out, I never ran out of material with her on the loader. That’s performance, and that is how I judge people, period.
And when it comes to conservatives in general, performance is how they judge people. Most conservatives are perfectly willing to give anybody a fair try at something, and most of us judge people by how they perform. If someone gets a chance at the job, and proves he can do the job, we’re satisfied and pleased; if he can’t do the job, well, sorry, but he has to move on. To most conservatives, that’s what equal opportunity means: no additional points for being a particular race or nationality or gender, and no subtracted points for those things either; actual performance is the only important metric.
Nicole Curtis is a (fairly) famous television personality, in her own particular niche. She has really gotten ahead in life, and she did it by working hard at what she does. Thanks to the television show, what she says will be more widely disseminated than what most people say — celebrities have that extra platform — and she has really said nothing that thousands of others have not said before her. But she has done more than talk; she has worked hard and performed, and knows what she’s talking about.
- Miss Curtis is neither a licensed plumber nor a licensed electrician, a point she has made several times on her shows, and she points out that rehabbers should use those licensed professionals for plumbing and electrical work. ↩
- Back in the late 1980s, I knew a man who was a plumber in Hampton, Virginia, and he told me that he made the big bucks because he was wiling to stick his hands into other people’s (insert slang term for feces here.) ↩
- DIY Network and HGTV have several female contractors doing shows — Amy Matthews, Alison Victoria and Danielle Bryk come to mind — and all are very good looking, but the looks and personality got them the television opportunities; they still had to develop the skills and do the work before they ever got a shot in front of the cameras.. ↩
- A front-end wheel loader like this. ↩