feminism, gender, glbt, school

I’m headed back to class tonight.

Last week I didn’t blog about class at all because I was too discouraged. So many of the women in my class are completely missing the point, underestimating the importance of feminism and a fight for women’s rights in this world. One girl even went so far as to clearly and succinctly state that she believes women should never be in position of leadership because we are not biologically prepared to handle that kind of power or responsibility. We were created second, she said, to be helpers to the men who should be leading. (I threw up a little in my mouth at that point.)

I don’t actually know what to think about this class anymore. I find the subject matter interesting and worth discussing. The assigned texts are full of valuable and enlightening information, and are really causing me to look at the world in a new light. Most of the young women in this class, however, are unable to take the discussion out of the literal and translate it into the universal. They are unable to talk about the topics at hand without bringing the discussion back around to personal experience. I know personal experience is a valuable tool in learning and constructive discussion of concepts, but that’s all these students are able to do. They seem to be incapable of looking at the larger world perspective.

There’s also a tinge of homophobia in the classroom – anytime the word “lesbian” comes up, the other students react visibly, and usually with some form of distaste. I understand they’re all quite young, and most of them have never met a real, live lesbian before – but it’s more than a little discouraging.

I have the opportunity to out myself in class tonight, and I’m not sure if I want to do that. Our first assignment was to write a creative autobiography: choose a social issue and talk about my life in the context of that issue. I wrote an essay called “Treading a Femme Line,” which basically talks about the concept of femme invisibility in both the queer and straight communities. I know there will be the option of presenting our essays to the class, and I don’t yet know how I feel about it.

Mostly I just feel discouraged, though.

8 thoughts on “”

  1. not really on topic, but I lost your email and wanted to get in contact with you.
    Wanted to know if you would meet for coffee, I’m looking into some perceived views I have on discipline and where it falls inline with parenting. I’m curious to know your views and how they have worked so far.

  2. not really on topic, but I lost your email and wanted to get in contact with you.
    Wanted to know if you would meet for coffee, I’m looking into some perceived views I have on discipline and where it falls inline with parenting. I’m curious to know your views and how they have worked so far.

  3. Wow. That first girl you mentioned obviously had some religious doctrine crammed down HER throat during childhood.

    I don’t understand. When I was of high school and college age I never remember being taken aback at the idea of anyone being gay or lesbian. In fact, I always wanted to meet someone that crossed the socially accepted line of sexuality so I could explore their thoughts and views.

    I think you might be encountering some sheltered people in your class. This might be the first class many of these girls have taken on feminism. Perhaps you should give them more of a chance, and lead by example?

  4. Wow. That first girl you mentioned obviously had some religious doctrine crammed down HER throat during childhood.

    I don’t understand. When I was of high school and college age I never remember being taken aback at the idea of anyone being gay or lesbian. In fact, I always wanted to meet someone that crossed the socially accepted line of sexuality so I could explore their thoughts and views.

    I think you might be encountering some sheltered people in your class. This might be the first class many of these girls have taken on feminism. Perhaps you should give them more of a chance, and lead by example?

  5. If most of the women in your class are undergrads they will probably have a hard time not circling back to personal experience. I know when I was an undergraduate everything was about me, and for my friends, everything was about them. It wasn’t until I got out into the real world post-graduation that my world stopped revolving around me. They may not have any perspective yet. 🙂

  6. If most of the women in your class are undergrads they will probably have a hard time not circling back to personal experience. I know when I was an undergraduate everything was about me, and for my friends, everything was about them. It wasn’t until I got out into the real world post-graduation that my world stopped revolving around me. They may not have any perspective yet. 🙂

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