Thin_J, that's great! :lol: I have a hard time convincing anyone online (PS2) that I am: A) a woman, and; B) 53 years old. What really irritates me is when they say that I'm only saying that so I can trashtalk that a "girl" beat them - like that would be terribly shameful for them.
Same old, same old - sometimes it's the little stuff that just puts you on a slow burn, until just the right thing makes you boil over.
Some of my pet peeves include when the gym coach calls a boy "girl" because he limps off the court if he hurts his knee or whatever. Bill Parcels (with Patriots) said "ask her" when asked if Terry Glenn would be able to play the next game. My Police Chief referred to the 55 "men" in his department in a half-page news article about our police department - a statement he made 6 times in the article - and the word "policemen" I couldn't even count (apparently I didn't exist). I also had several co-workers who could not look me in the face when talking to me when I was in civvies - using the permanent "foot or so below eye-level" stare that some men don't even know they're doing.
Another Chief gave me a letter of commendation for the morale-lifting event of making sandwiches for one of our firearms qualification days (we'd all agreed ahead of time who would bring what, and I volunteered that). It just happened to be the same week I chased, tackled, and arrested a rapist... no letter for that.
I had a sargeant,who'd been transferred to my shift, and his wife was hyper jealous - so he set up a series of events to prove that I wasn't doing my job and should be fired. Luckily, I had plenty of witnesses and great job evaluations, and it was he that paid the price. But it was a long, obnoxious, stressful (even dangerous) event.
Don't get me wrong - I love men! I've worked for 25 years with mostly men, "some of my best friends are men" - and I feel like I have a ton of cool brothers here. But, the little insults to women, particularly at work and in some public places - that go on pretty much every day, gets quite wearing for us after awhile.
I know that males have their own complaints - and I did not realize the author of the article is a woman - but please, DD, don't think that all the little things don't add up, or that they're not legitimate because you've read about them before...
And just because you feel that you don't oppress women - although you seem to be inordinately upset about this whole issue - doesn't mean it doesn't happen. Much of what the author mentioned can be found in introductory Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology - even Biology textbooks. And she seemed to be referring to other peoples' works more often than expressing her own opinion.
Plus, please calm down a little about comments regarding the systematic oppression of women by men... first of all, there's no mention that any of it was done consciously (although some of it has been, historically), or that all men engage in it. A Chill Pill with a side of Anti-Defensive supplement might help a bit - IMO, your posts are a bit harsh-sounding. And I don't mean that in a bad way... :lol:
I totally believe in the right of free speech - so carry on, but let others do their thing as well...