My education book is keepin it real
Yeah… real cancerous. Have fun teaching people that it’s okay to respond to hatred and prejudice with more of the same.
This quote isn’t excusing hatred or prejudice at all. If anything, it’s acknowledging it (it says right there, ‘while women can be just as prejudiced as men’); however, the truth of the matter is that sexism itself is built on the system it’s established in, which, in western society at least, is patriarchy.
To put it simply, it is not possible for women to be sexist toward men because the system doesn’t benefit them for it. When men are prejudiced toward women, society applauds them or defends them, and the negative effects are few and far between at best, as can be seen by the continued success of countless actors, politicians, tv hosts, etc.
When women are prejudiced toward men, 9 times out of 10 they’re belittled, laughed at, threatened (verbally or physically), not taken seriously, told they “need to stop PMSing” or asked if they’re on their period, among countless other outcomes that are probably worse than the ones I’ve mentioned here, and I’m sure any woman could tell you as much without even thinking about it.
This same circumstance applies to any given system of oppression. Recent events off the top of my head include the turning of Janet Mock into a joke by Piers Morgan, who claimed that he was “facing cisphobia” when people reacted to his very obvious and blatant mislabeling of Janet by saying she “was a boy until age 18”. Piers Morgan is still employed, did not apologize, and in fact had the nerve to turn around and demand that Janet give him an apology instead, and he was met with support despite all of that.
The one time out of ten that an oppressed group is not faced with any of the above sort of reactions is a situation like this post, where they’re told, “you need to stop being so hateful,” as though they were not faced with that hatred throughout their lives, as though sitting and taking it and not firing back solves issues. Oppressed groups have tried silence and being nice for hundreds of years, and I can tell you just from basic history lessons that silence and being nice most certainly did not solve problems.
So to respond to your statement, no, it is not cancerous. It is important. If people of a group of privilege really want things to be equal and not stuck in the same systematic oppression that has been established for hundreds of years now, then this is absolutely something people need to realize is truth, including you, including me. That’s it.
First, I would like to start off with a definition. The reason being is that I want to stick to a consistent thing here and I don’t feel comfortable just making up new definitions just because I feel like it. That’s an act for a considerably less responsible person.
I’m of the thought, based on what I can observe plainly and with as little bias as possible that while that discrimination may be especially pointed at women. Sexism isn’t JUST directed to women. I will also preface this with the fact that this writing is also centered around North American issues with prejudice, though some of the things I speak about here are on the general side. I’m also putting it all after the jump because it’s long.