March 26, 2006

one more feminism post

...and then I'll quit blathering on something about which I really know very little.

I mentioned the debate on feminism that's been going on over at Ilyka's to my girlfriend, and asked her the same question I asked over there, generally: If feminism is "The radical theory that women are people too", then what's all this other stuff that, as far as I can tell, has very little to do with that?

She told me that, in college, she took a Women's History course. The first day covered that basic theory I have quoted above. The rest of the semester was pretty much about how men are evil, always have been evil and always will be evil. It was then she decided she didn't really want to be a feminist, or at least to go under that label. She's no wilting flower, she was raised by a very strong woman and is making a professional life for herself, but she didn't want to be a part of the nuttiness extolled by her professor. So there's that, whatever it's worth.

The more we talked about it, I sortof noticed something. See, I think part of the reason that I don't get all that excited about feminism is because I simply don't see...the problem, I suppose. Gender discrimination, like racism or any other broad discrimination like that, is such a foreign idea to me that I have a hard time believing in it. I don't practice it, I've never been subjected to it, I don't associate with people that think like that.

But then she started talking about stuff that's happened where she works. She deals with the public daily, and I was amazed by some of B.S. she has to put up with from some of her male customers. Nothing gratuitious, more along the lines of comments or suggestions of inferiority. "You wouldn't understand, you're just a girl" type stuff. I guess, according to her, it's not all that terribly uncommon, which I find ridiculous. Does that kind of thinking still fly? She's a college educated, intelligent, professional woman: I guarantee, bubba, she understands whatever it is you're trying to get across, probably better than you do. If somebody treated me like that, I'd punch him in the head.

It's that kind of thinking that makes me glad for the feminist nutjobs out there. I may disagree with 'em on a whole raft of issues, but for chrissakes, that stuff just ain't kosher. See, it isn't the big issues that people scream bloody murder about and get into foodfights on teevee over, it's that casual, girls-are-dumb or girls-are-weak everyday mentality that I'll never get, and that really pisses me off.

So power to the Andrea Dworkins and NOWs of the world that dedicate their lives to fighting it. I just hope, sincerely, their tactics don't alienate more people than it converts.

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