Tuesday, March 20, 2007

For This We're Going to Need Feminism 077: Introductory Topics in Pre-Feminism

"I'm assistant manager at a software company and I discriminate against women."

4 comments:

Gender Blank said...

What can one even say to that? If the story is true, I'm a little sick right now. I want to say it's unbelievable that that conversation took place in real life, only I know that horrible things like that occur all the time. Unfortunately. Bah!

defenestrated said...

I was uncaffeinated enough when I first read that dialogue that I found it vaguely amusing, but over the course of the day I've become progressively more disgusted by it. What rock did this dude climb out from under, and can I please throw it at him?

Bitey said...

Oh, man. That kind of stuff happens all the time. I guess it's just another symptom of the Me, Me, Me Generation. It's not just that they (we?) have these feelings and reactions, it's that they're so soaked with "I'm OK" entitlement that they think that whatever they feel is validated by the fact that they've felt it. I was in a training class once for a customer service call center. This was only about three years ago, mind you. One of the trainers--a woman--did a role playing exercise with a male trainee. She was playing the part of a customer who happened to be a military officer, and whose order had gotten completely fuckered up. She was pissed, and she was not shy about it. You'd think that this dude, being a *trainee* would have bent over backward to show that he could handle a difficult situation like this. You'd be wrong, though, because as the "call" went on, he just got ruder and ruder until the trainer finally stopped the exercise and asked him what the hell he was doing. His answer: "I guess I just had a problem with her authority." He went on to say that he didn't like being talked to like that by a woman. Here's the kicker: He didn't get fired! They put him on the floor! WHY??!!

Helen H. said...

Sadly enough, that's not the only guy who thinks that way. I've run into several who clearly state that they are being wounded and "starved" by not being supplied with sex, and justify lying and coercion with tears in their eyes whimpering, "a starving man will do anything to get food".

They didn't do any better with being told they're just plain wrong than the twerp in the story did.

I think pointing out that everyone has a universal right not to have sex might work a hair better, along with pointing out that no one is interfering with their right to masturbate themselves.