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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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by on Jul. 1, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Not any more than father's should.  However, if they are pregnant, they should avoid dangerous activities if possible.  

by Gold Member on Jul. 1, 2013 at 3:33 PM


I agree with everything you said. My husband used to do rock climbing, I told him (just like a motorcycle) that he has to wait until the kids are grown to do that again.

the kids need both of us right now, yes, things happen, but to put one of us in a situation where the likelihood of something happening is far higher makes no sense ot me.

Quoting TruthSeeker.:


Quoting Ziva65:

I personally think both should, male or female. That said, I wouldn't have married anyone in a dangerous job either.

But, that's on them, that's their choice. Hope they have really good life insurance.

 This is how I feel also. I would not have married my husband if he was still in the military. We don't participate in extreme sports and my husband will Not own a motorcycle until our children are grown.

 Everything in life has risks, but we believe as parents that it is our duty to minimize those risks.


by Milami on Jul. 1, 2013 at 3:43 PM


Quoting LauraKW:

I once gave myself a concussion at a desk job. People can get hurt anywhere. Accidents happen.

 What the heck did you do?!!

by "Dude!" on Jul. 1, 2013 at 3:50 PM
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I went under my desk for something I dropped and I hadn't backed out far enough when I tried to raise up. Bashed the back of my head and knocked me right back to the floor. Not sure how long I was under there.

Quoting TruthSeeker.:


Quoting LauraKW:

I once gave myself a concussion at a desk job. People can get hurt anywhere. Accidents happen.

 What the heck did you do?!!

by Ruby Member on Jul. 1, 2013 at 3:55 PM

No. I don't think women should exclude themselves from 'dangerous' jobs.

Do you think women should exclude themselves from dangerous activities?

by Ruby Member on Jul. 1, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Do you really believe mothers and fathers are equal?

Quoting mikiemom:

why is everyone ignoring the obvious sexism of this post?

by on Jul. 1, 2013 at 3:59 PM
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No, I don't think mothers or fathers should avoid dangerous jobs.  People who have dangerous jobs should understand and manage the risks.  And also have appropriate life insurance.   

by Bronze Member on Jul. 1, 2013 at 6:28 PM

That is ridiculous for people to say such a thing.  Death can happen anywhere, and you don't even need a dangerous job for it to happen.  My sister and cousin are both police officers(one in NYC, definitely dangerous). Both have children as well.  Should we say they should not have become PO??

by Bronze Member on Jul. 1, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Quoting TruthSeeker.:

 Someone has to do the dangerous jobs like fire fighting, police, and any other dangerous jobs out there. In a perfect world only single people would do these jobs, but then that would be saying that a single persons life is worth less than a parents life.

 While I will argue All life should be valued the same, a person with children does have more responsibility. They have another life to care for.

 For me and my family, we would not have jobs that were more dangerous than everyday jobs because I feel our children need us more than we need to be participating in overly dangerous jobs.

I have to completely disagree with this because I believe most jobs, if not all, are a calling. It is what you were meant to do. YES, some jobs are more dangerous, but honestly, that does not mean something horrible is going to happen. What happened here is an accident. Accidents happen all the time and they happen to people NOT in dangerous situations. . I am a teacher, and most probably think that is not a dangerous job, but look what happened last December at Sandy Hook Elementary. You cannot live your life asking "what ifs" all the time.
by Bronze Member on Jul. 1, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Quoting stormcris:

You can be struck by lightening inside your own home. Danger is all around. No, mothers should not avoid them. However, my husband disagrees and feels that I as a mother should avoid all things, including convertibles, that are deemed more dangerous than average until my children hit 18. I can see his point. But, having been one of those people who were struck by lighting, and with both of us having the philosophy you die when you are meant to, I find it humorous and a bit moot.

I don't understand that age, 18? My dd will be in the middle of her senior year. Does your DH think that at the age of 18 you automatically don't need your mom anymore? Not for anything, just wait until the teen years, they need you MORE than ever. I just think it is silly that he actually picked an age. It is hard to lose your mom at any age, BTW. I think it is silly to say women should not be in risky jobs etc.. I don't understand that. As someone who has experienced death more than I have ever dreamed possible(including a child)most of those deaths were not caused by being in a risky situation.
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