Sunday, May 11, 2008

I hate Sexism

So I read an article by the Wall Street Journal about why there aren't as many successful (defined as "super rich billionaires") women entrepreneurs out there. The comments section was super disturbing as all sorts of sexist shitheads weighed in.

My response was here:

Why aren’t there more rich women entrepreneurs? It could be because women aren’t risk takers. But if that’s the case, it’s because of hundreds of years of craptastic patriarchal socialization that got them that way.

People talk about affirmative action being detrimental..well if society maybe wasn’t as obviously racist and sexist maybe these underprivileged groups would be able to perform as much as traditionally privileged groups do. If you don’t have to question your place in society on a daily basis, then a lot more effort can go into starting up a business. And please, the world, and the business world in particular, is still sexist and racist. This is not an excuse, this is the truth.

Take some sociology classes. Or some gender studies. Or some ethnic studies. You might learn something.

But instead, you’ve been socialized to think that you’re superior. You’ve totally swallowed the lie that anyone can raise themselves up from their own bootstraps, that it’s a fare race since the laws claim that they’re equal to everyone. Well they aren’t, and the race isn’t fair.

When you’re dealing with institutionalized sexism and racism, the fear of rape, sexual assault, being pulled over because you’re not white, having to prove to others that you’re equal because you’re not a white male, or any of the other daily crap that most minorities have to face (like all these comments making fun of Meg Whitman’s looks, white countries being superior, etc), you wouldn’t have the time to even think about starting up your own business.

In our society, men are socialized to succeed. We are told that we’re supposed to make more money and bring home the bacon. Women are still paid $1 to a man’s $1.20, so there IS still a glass ceiling . When one is socialized to not succeed, I’d think it’s a lot harder to succeed.

Show me the super successful entrepreneur man that is socialized to shut up, to stay at home and cook, to raise some kids, to throw away his dreams, to believe his only value is his looks, and has to endure the constant threat of rape and sexual assault, being underpaid, and doesn’t belong because of his gender, and I’ll buy into your belief that there aren’t more women entrepreneurs because they’re inherently unequal to men.

And thanks for hiding behind anonymous tags, cowards. If you’re going to be racist, sexist, offensive, and all around cowardly, greedy pigs, then why don’t you get out from behind the blanket that’s the internet and post something under your real name.

And by the way, feminism isn’t about bashing men. It’s about the idea that men are overprivileged and if they really had the guts, maybe they’d own up to it.

“Truth” may think that they’re speaking the truth, but I think that’s a little bit blinded by male privilege. Break out of the box and TAKE A RISK and maybe read some Bell Hooks, or something by Inga Muscio and you might learn a thing or two about how the world really works.

I should probably be more specific and articulate, but such greedy fucks make me want to bash these people with common sense sticks and pull their privileged heads out of their asses. Good for you, you're rich at other people's expense! Hooray for being a selfish, uncaring shit-eater! Hooray for being sexist and racist! Jesus fucking christ.

In other news, I stumbled across this blog which is pretty god damn cool and in line with my thinking.

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