My field is dominated by men. As it is, I am not a man. I am a WOMAN. That’s right. I have raging hormones, breasts, a vagina and ovaries. Yes! I HAVE OVARIES. I want to scream this when I walk into the classroom and people think my IQ dropped 38 points because I require a bra. All that work on women’s rights and whatnot, it’s a farce. People still think we loose too many brain cells in our boob tissue when, obviously, it’s much more obvious how men’s brains suffer from blood flow to certain areas.
I am not a man basher by any means. I like the boys. I love my husband (I know I know, I’m a “lesbian”, la-dee-dah.) and I want to have a little boy next who can grow up to be just like his daddy. But with more hair.
It’s just that it infuriates me to no end when a woman walks in to a room of male programmers/business men/nerdy tech types and first they will see your boobs and then your ass and it will take you hours of discussing at length the ins and outs of an object oriented programming language to command the same respect they got just walking in the room. And why, on earth, will my students dish me the heart-break of excuses when my male counterparts hear half as many sob stories and deal with them accordingly and without guilt?
It’s time to learn the word no. My toddler can do it. I need to try it. And to the little 19 year old boy who picked me up at the coffee shop on campus, honey, thank you. But I can guarantee that should you walk into my classroom you wouldn’t see a cute girl to hit on. You’d see some pushover wuss that might let you out of class.
And the answer is no.
I don’t envy how hard women have to work to gain respect in male-dominated fields, I know it’s so much harder for you all because of all the shit you have to put up with. Maybe someday I can do a bizarro post to this one since I am entering a female-dominated field!
By JC on 2006 07 12
JC, I think you should. I mean, the perspective of a male elemetary teacher is very unique. Although, sometimes I envy men. They don’t get their panties in a twist over dumb things. :: heh ::
By Mrs. Flinger on 2006 07 12
Hey, Flinger, we’re taking over the IT world! I work in that field and we outnumber the men; about 56% female! Woo-hoo!
By Renee on 2006 07 13