I was thinking that maybe we need one of those threads that reminds us we all have much more in common with each other, than any of us does with the misogynistic bigots.
I don't know what the feministy equivalent of 'first world problem' is, but I bet there are loads of things you've been itching to point out annoy you, but don't start an AIBU about, or don't moan to your colleague/DH/mates about because it feels insignificant.
Maybe we can all have a good moan here - and maybe back each other up that these things typically aren't so small and insignificant really!
I will go first. I noticed the other day how, when I'm walking down a pavement, I automatically move to the side out of the way of busy men striding along with briefcases. Even when I'm busy. Why do I do that? And how come I feel rude - and do get funny looks - when I don't do that?
Kiwiinkits I don't use facebook, but I've seen those "lose belly fat ones" and have never thought too hard about them being directed to me by reason of my gender. So do blokes not see those ones? Argh.
The thread has moved on a bit so apologies.... DD was bought a pink nurses outfit for her 3rd birthday. I referred to it as a doctor's outfit and she said "no doctors aren't girls" - now the only doctor she could have any memory of is a woman. I am careful about what she watches on TV. How has this happened? Her nursery wouldn't be so narrow minded I'm sure hopes
Anyway - the outfit has been stashed away. She can be a nurse if she wants - but not because she thinks she can't be a doctor.
Sauce. IMO it probably comes from other children. Who have picked it up in a lot of different places. I've heard children tell others at playgroup "you can't be a train driver, you're a girl", etc and actually said to the child and to mine right there and then that they have got muddled up and that's not true (gentle words given it's a child, and not mine!!). It actually doesn't take many children with strongly gendered views to impact on quite a group of children.
The doctor thing baffles me, as nearly all the GPs at both practices we have used are female too.
Amanda I haven't read that one, but I'll maybe go and have a look at it now.
Kiwiinkits I always knew that those facebook ads were directed at who they think is their target audience, but I hadn't quite put it together that gender is such a huge part of that. Then again, my parents both get the same ads - saga and over 50's life insurance, it seems when you're old it doesn't matter what gender you are. I keep trying to tell them that I don't want to see adverts about babies, but they are paying no attention to me
OK, not sure if this has been mentioned before, but it bothers me that I always always feel guilty for bringing a small buggy on the bus even if the bus is empty and then if/when the bus fills, I feel even worse about making people move to let me get off. I should add that atm I am also carrying a baby in a sling. Why do I feel this way? can you guys help?