And the first thing that’s wrong with that is we’re learning from a sexist male. This is the guy who was making jokes about “wanting a trophy wife”. He told us to brainstorm ideas where men surpass women, where men are equal to women, and where women surpass men.
In the men surpass women was basically everything, then in the equal category it was like “voting” and that’s it, and then in the women surpass men there was “nursing, modelling, education”.
I told him, women don’t surpass men in education because it has nothing to do with gender, women and men get taught the exact same things and it’s just a choice to pursue post secondary education that women make and men don’t. As for modelling, we haven’t “surpassed men” because the main reason female models can be successful is due to the body objectification and sexualization the modelling industry advocates for women (it’s how they get business). So we didn’t really pass them, we’re much below them because we’re being seen as sexual objects instead of people. I then gave examples of people magazines which portray male models as “business men” and actually highlight their accomplishments in their work field, and then for women it’s them half/fully naked talking about their weight. Who’s really winning there? And then I said “If women are surpassing men in education as you say, why are men surpassing women in getting paid more for jobs?” And the look on his face was like “Uhhh.. Duhhh.. Well you make some good points but that’s all very subjective” and I’m like, no it’s not, it just is what it is and you’re trying to make women come off as surpassing men in areas where we’re not to downplay the actual amount of oppression placed on us. AND HE’S LIKE “Well, I don’t have time to dive into this, let’s move on”
THEN, he went into talking about how sex is dependant on the genitals you were born with and gender is which gender you identify as. Okay that’s fine. Then someone shouted out “THAT’S WRONG!! USE WHAT YOUR BORN WITH! WHY WOULD ANY GUY WANT TO BE A FEMALE HAHAHA” and I looked him dead in the eye and said “That ignorant joke is funny to you because your a bigoted sexist white male on the top of the social food chain and will never experience systematic and society fuelled/encouraged oppression. Of course you can laugh at other peoples injustice because you will never be on the other end of it.” He went silent.
We then got into the discussion of gender neutral parenting, and like 8 guys in my class “That’s SO cruel and wrong!!!” And I was like “what’s cruel and wrong is placing gender stereotypes on an innocent child out of your immature and close minded fear of people saying anything to your child who is ‘different’ and thus judging you for it. A child should be able to have an environment to actually grow up into the person they want to be, not the person you want them and force them to be.” He looked down at his hands and said “No. It’s wrong.” And I said I can just bet what type of parenting you grew up with to be so judgemental, close-minded and sexist.
THEN my teacher goes on to tell us this story of how he got hit on by a transgender woman, and all the guys were like so offended for him, and I was like “YOU HAVE TO BE JOKING? THIS IS THE TYPE OF SHIT WOMEN HAVE TO PUT UP WITH EVERY DAY MORE THAN ONCE A DAY? MEN TREAT WOMEN LIKE OBJECTS AND HIT ON THEM LIKE THEY’RE THERE TO ONLY SEXUALLY AND AESTHETICALLY PLEASE MEN, AND THE ONE TIME IT HAPPENS TO A MAN Y’ALL ARE OFFENDED? YET YOU KNOW DAMN WELL IF HE WAS A WOMAN YOU’D QUESTION WHAT SHE WAS WEARING AND THE STATE OF HER SOBRIETY, AND FIND A WAY TO MAKE IT HER FAULT.”
THEN MY TEACHER, AFTER EVERY TIME I MAKE A POINT, SAYS “We don’t have time to get into this, moving on” AS IF I SAID NOTHING
Needless to say, I was fucking angry by the end of this class. I have to sit through like 5 more of these painful “open discussions” as a man teaches me what feminism is all about. What a fucking joke.
White privilege is your history being taught as a core class and mine being taught as an elective.
please let them know.
white privilege is your history being taught as a core class, and mine being banned because it would promote "the overthrow of the U.S. government, foster racial resentment, and advocate ethnic solidarity.
God Forbid Solidarity.