December 19, 2002

Men Are Evil, and Other

Men Are Evil, and Other Lies My Mother Never Told Me

Because she wasn't a freaking idiot. From the always excellent Critical Mass, this illustration of the politics and profitability of sexual harrassment cases. It's about an elementary school, fer cryin' out loud! When I was in elementary school, we had "kiss dares" that today would probably result in suspension due to the creation of a "hostile environment." Oh wait--let me correct that statement--it would result in the males' suspension. Did I mention that the girls were the ones doing the kissing back in my misspent youth? Yeah, well, I guess we hadn't been told that we should be hapless victims by the militant feminist industrial complex yet.

Here's the thing--we insist on sexualizing increasingly younger and younger generations of girls (just go to any department store and TRY to find a shirt that actually covers your six-year-old daughter's navel), we saturate the media and airwaves with sexual images, and when children see and imitate the actions that these images portray, suddenly it's sexual harrassment and somehow all the fault of men.

I get the sad, sinking feeling that I'm gonna be a bit of a pariah in my neighborhood school system, because I'll be damned if they're going to tell my son that he is evil or weak or too "male" to know better simply by virtue of the testosterone in his veins.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at December 19, 2002 05:42 AM