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Do you think mothers should avoid "dangerous" jobs?

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Cirque du Soleil Accident Kills Young Mother of 2 in Front of a Terrified Audience

by Sasha Brown-Worsham

Cirque de SoleilA 31-year-old Cirque du Soleil performer and mother of two has fallen 50 feet to her death during the finale of a show called Ka at the Las Vegas MGM Grand. At first audience members thought Sarah "Sassoon" Guyard's fall was part of the show until they heard screaming, groaning, and someone sobbing. It's just such an unbelievably shocking tragedy.

Cirque du Soleil performances may seem death defying and dangerous when you see them. After all, acrobats twirling on ribbons high above your head, swinging around, and contorting their bodies with nothing but hands and a bit of wire holding them up SEEM to be performing shocking, death-tempting acts. But, in fact, the show has never had a death in its 30 years of existence. Until now.

It's hard to imagine what that audience must have felt and even more hard to imagine the comments some self righteous people have been making about the mother of two young children.

It has been suggested (in comments sections) that perhaps her job was too dangerous and that she was somehow at risk for this. That is just hogwash and such a judgmental (and wrong) thing to say. Do people blame firefighters or police officers killed in the line of duty who also happen to be parents?

The reality is she was performing a carefully choreographed routine that she probably had been performing for years. This was something she had trained for decades to do, and it's no more dangerous than anything else done by well-trained and practiced professionals.

This is a tragedy, plain and simple. If there is anyone to blame, let's blame those who didn't keep the wires safe enough. Some speculation is that her foot slipped out of the wire. That shouldn't have happened.

Freak accidents happen on any job. People fall into meat grinders or slip and hit their heads on factory floors. Just because Guyard's line of work was performing arts doesn't mean she was inviting this to happen.

This is a senseless, horrible tragedy and filling it with platitudes like "she died doing what she loved" won't help, either. She did die doing what she loved, but it could have (and should have) been prevented. My heart goes out to her family and I hope that people will remember them when making online comments and remember that this job is no more dangerous than many others people perform every day.

Do you think mothers should avoid "dangerous" jobs?

by on Jul. 1, 2013 at 11:13 AM
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Aislinn
by Silver Member on Jul. 1, 2013 at 11:46 AM
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 I think we are all more likely to die from some idiot text messaging while driving or being the idiot text messaging while driving, than we have from dying from dangerous jobs. All jobs can be dangerous. 

mrs.hartman12
by on Jul. 1, 2013 at 11:47 AM
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Mothers shouldnt get in cars. Those things are steel death traps, do you know how many people die everyday from them? eye rolling

supercarp
by Silver Member on Jul. 1, 2013 at 11:50 AM

The most dangerous thing we do is drive around in a car and nearly everyone does it. Riding a motorcycle is the most dangerous thing anyone can do and it doesn't even get mentioned. Anything else barely compares. How many highwire performers have been killed on the job in the last 50 years? Now compare that per capita with motorcycle deaths. We worry about the wrong things, always.

Mommabearbergh
by on Jul. 1, 2013 at 11:52 AM
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Death and taxes are a sure thing and we all have to go sometimes. Mothers or fathers shouldn't avoid a dangerous job because like others have said you can killed doing anything.
gammie
by on Jul. 1, 2013 at 12:10 PM

She could die on the way to work in a car accident so,

No she should do what she likes to do and as long as she is trained well.


mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Jul. 1, 2013 at 12:12 PM
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why is everyone ignoring the obvious sexism of this post?

gammie
by on Jul. 1, 2013 at 12:14 PM

eye rollingso there would be no fireman, police, teachers (in city), so on..............


Quoting mikiemom:

Parents - both male and female should avoid dangerous jobs. Why just women? Sexist much.



mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Jul. 1, 2013 at 12:17 PM

 

Do you not recognize sarcasm - seriously read a book or two

Quoting gammie:

eye rollingso there would be no fireman, police, teachers (in city), so on..............

 

Quoting mikiemom:

Parents - both male and female should avoid dangerous jobs. Why just women? Sexist much.

 

 


 

meriana
by Platinum Member on Jul. 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Pretty any job can have tragic consequences. People die in accidents in their own home every day. The only thing I think should be stopped is putting a single parent in a war zone and if one parent is in a war zone, the other should not be.

kansasmom1978
by Bronze Member on Jul. 1, 2013 at 12:48 PM

I think that people should do what they want with their lives. It's no ones place to judge.

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