sexism in my world.

May 19, 2016 Rebekah E. Goodall 0 Comments

Does the patriarchy really have affect in my unburdened white, middle-class world?

I want to give you something to think about. To add to the conversation that many hundreds of thousands of young people have been opening their eyes to in the last few years.
         There are going to be more things that will come to my attention as I get older that are out of order in the matter of equality. Living in New Zealand is almost perfect, however In my 20 years I have noticed a few specific matters that are out of order.

"The Missis"
         This term means as much as "the waiter," "the mailman," and "the dentist." As if the relationship the missis has with you is simply Client & Server. Do you know what happens at the end of the work day? People go home, away from their job. They stop being the cleaner, they stop being a police officer; they go off duty. If being a misses is someone's occupation then one day they are going to get sick of working 24/7 and you will force them to go off duty. And well the only way to do that in this situation is a permanent fix.
         If you want to be with your partner it has to be in an equal relationship. If you call them the missis, this is not an equal relationship; that is being sexist. I will slap you in the face for calling your wife or girlfriend the missis.

House Wife & Working Man
         It hadn't crossed my mind until just now that I have been working up to being a house wife one day, without even considering that it could very well be my partner to stay at home with any children we might have. If women are given more opportunities to work now, then why have we not made it more okay for Dad to stay home?

Education About Feminism
         My first experience with feminism was the wrong sort which has left a lot of people with mixed messages. The point I'm making is; No, feminists are not women who don't want men to open doors for them and are otherwise aggressive all the time. The education I got about feminism was in a drama production with characters who hated men and screamed in protest at the mention of them. That is not what it's about. But now that I know that I see when other people have the wrong idea and I really don't like it. One of my biggest dislikes in this world is false education. About Christianity and God, about sex-ed, about YouTube, and now feminism. It drives me nuts when others have been given the wrong idea. And if it's appropriate, I must have them understand that there are other perspectives out there. This is not to be forceful. And feminism is such a broad subject now with 3 waves of thinkers, from the suffragettes of the early 20th century, to the don't-say-anything-bad-about-men, don't-protest-against-anything thinking from crack heads of the 2010s.

       Because I am still young I don't want to be insensitive or stupid. I have found out that gender-equality  is bigger that myself and I do hope for it to be worked out among all nations. I am however opening my mind to sexism and it has affect everywhere.

What are your thoughts? I'd love to get some discussion going about this.


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