Saturday, March 27, 2010

A nice hot cup of 'irrational'

"I'd like a nice hot cup of 'irrational' with two teaspoons of 'undecipherable emotion' minus the common sense, please."

Sadly, those stereotypes are far too eminent at this day and age than any other time in history. Many males, and possibly a few females, have propagated these unsubstantiated claims some even going as far as to provide half baked 'scientific evidence' that females are the irrational, unreasonably emotional, highly volatile species who lack common sense.

Let's take a moment to ponder the concept of common sense. When attempting to define common sense, I've stumbled across a very accurate and concise definition of term and that is: 'The ability to adapt to any situation by applying what one has learned or through one's previous collective experiences through out his/her own life'. Not everyone experiences life through the exact same scope which is why one course of action may be considered 'logical' by one individual yet may not be fully understood by another.

It frustrates me to no end to see these false and completely unfounded stereotypes being thrown about like ocean waves crashing against large boulders just as it would frustrate any decent self respecting man who has been accused of being a serial rapist or a perverted scoundrel simply because he is male.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Feminism & mind games

I don't know where to start on this pressing issue so I will avoid skirting around the topic and get straight to it. I have never been much of a feminist growing up yet in recent times I couldn't help but notice certain male patterns of belittling, degrading, demeaning, condescending, patronizing and invalidating females, especially self-proclaimed feminists or females who happen to notice and speak out against such behavior.

Despite having been ill-treated by male family members I somehow managed not to over-generalize regarding all men. Yet it soon became evident that there was a certain pattern dominant among males from all different walks of life I have stumbled across whereby there is a hostile air towards their female counterparts. They appear to have a pleasant demeanor, to possess 'unfaltering' logic at all times, and to 'never make decisions based on their emotions'. Apparently that is what they accuse us of and should we attempt to correct that misconception we are ridiculed and our arguments are then invalidated, which only adds to our fury and vexation. That is the point where is seems apparent to others that we are, in fact, 'emotional', 'irrational' beings, further reaffirming all the other accusations kindly thrown at us by the aforementioned 'ever logical', 'ever rational', 'always calm and composed' males whom are obviously never swayed by feelings nor emotions, for they are immune to such tripe.

I believe this, aside from domestic violence and direct human rights violations against females, is among the issues of importance on which I would like to shed light. Moreover, I believe it is this type of behavior (demeaning , invalidating and discriminatory) which more often than not frustrates females and/or feminists around the globe.