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So what am I doing? Posting political commentary on YouTube?
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In case anyone is wondering what exactly I'm writing right now, instead of fiction.
Men and women are treated differently in our society. Sometimes this works out in my favor. Since I'm a weak and helpless woman, if my car breaks down on the side of the road, someone is far, far more likely to stop and help me. However, most of the time this doesn't work in my favor, like my opinions carrying less weight because I'm a woman. Hey, who knows if it's really my opinion or if I'm just on my period that week, right? Right? Exactly.
And it's not just men holding these notions. The first person to tell me I had no business going to party without high heels on was my mother. It's kinda like when they did the test with the black and white dolls, white kids preferred the white doll and so did black kids. Because it's not that each group of American kids are taught different things, they are all taught on a subconscious level that white is better.
Well, gender works the same way. Whether we say it directly or not we teach our sons AND our daughters that women are less likely to be rational. That "no" just means the guy should try harder. That a woman deserves to be raped unless she's a full covered, non-drinking, trained martial artist that never goes outside alone after dark. Otherwise, she was just asking for it. That women, even at their best, are less capable than their male counterparts.
And while it make us feel all warm and fuzzy to say, "Everyone should treat everyone else with respect. Period." If we don't look at exactly what we do and exactly how we do it, we'll just keep on keeping on. Because no two groups are oppressed in exactly the same way. That's what allows black people to go to the polls in record numbers and vote AGAINST gay marriage without the issue not looking the slightest bit familiar. *cough* civil rights *cough*
People are so worried about being the bad guy they try to dismiss the issue entirely. Well, I have bad news, unless you live in isolation, at some point you've been the bad guy and so have I. So when people voice their specific grievances, we should listen because each of us is treated very differently based on who we are (if you don't believe me, go around the internet leading people to believe you're a different race/gender, try it). And silencing them with "well, we all got problems" just compounds the issue, because that right there is part of the problem.