Sexism – it’s a thin line

6a00d834516c2469e200e550696bd38833-800wiOne thing that grates on my nerves is when guys insult other guys by calling them feminine. eg, “You run/throw/dress like a girl”. I live with a bunch of, shall we say, “guys’ guys” who pride themselves on their masculinity, so I hear those kinds of things a lot.

At the same time, I remember in PE class only being able to throw a tennis ball a pathetic seven metres, while the guys were averaging 30+metres. Never mind – I kicked ass  at the beep test, so I made up for my lack of muscl :P.

Anyway, I accept that generally men are more physically capable than women, but that doesn’t make it okay to use females to deride other guys.

It makes me recall when my dad scoffed at me for joining the soccer team (an inappropriate sport for girls). Sure, I was terrible at soccer but I got a kick (ha) out of it, and I DON’T like being told what I can and can’t do, especially when it comes from someone who not only thinks girls, but single mothers/sex workers/gays are inferior human beings. *breathes*

Thoughts? Good old fashioned chauvinism or just the cold hard truth?

2 thoughts on “Sexism – it’s a thin line

  • Reply Frugal Dreamer September 22, 2009 at 14:22

    I can totally see where you’re coming from – but if someone were to say “You throw like a girl” wouldn’t bother me. I dunno.

    I find the same thing can be said when people use “gay” to mean lame. Or “retarded” to mean stupid.

    At the end of the day, 9 times out of 10, we suck at throwing. Doesn’t mean we’re less of a person – we just suck at throwing. lol. 🙂

  • Reply Foxie September 24, 2009 at 01:01

    I try not to let it bother me, really. As a girl who’s into racing her car…. Believe me, I’ve heard it all. Now, when I get really good and start to kick serious tail doing it, I’m going to enjoy my earned right of laughing at them instead. 😛 (Though half the time guys are too shocked to even come up with insults, really.)

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