October 2, 2008

I’m sexist

Posted in gender differences tagged at 7:03 pm by weiszguy

Some of what is commonly called sexism is not really sexism at all.  An example of sexism is, “You’re a woman, so you can’t work here.”  I think everyone would agree that exclusion based on gender alone is not valid.  All else being equal, there is no reason why a woman can’t do what a man can.

Here’s an example that is NOT sexism.  Children develop better when their mother is at home full time.  They don’t develop as well with a stay-at-home dad, and they don’t develop as well with two working parents.  This is something else everyone would agree with.  So when the question, “Do you think a woman’s place is in the home?” shows up on a survey, I’ll answer yes every time, and appear sexist.  This isn’t sexism at all.  Call it pragmatism or realism, or even discernment, but it can’t be sexism to simply point out the obvious.

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3 Comments »

  1. Tim said,

    I’m afraid I’ll need proof that a stay-at-home dad can’t raise children as well as a stay-at-home mom. I believe it depends on the gender of the children. And what do you mean that “exclusion based on gender alone is not valid”? That is the definition of sexism.

    Plenty of stay-at-home dads raise socially acceptable children; you can call it pragmatism or realism or whatever you like.

  2. sleepwaking said,

    Just from logic standpoint, I have to admit that “This is something else everyone would agree with” is too broad and forceful at the same time for me to feel that I’m going to be convinced of something (even if I already agree!) . . . it’s not as persuasive as evidence which I think is what Tim is asking for in his comment.

  3. donny said,

    You said |An example of sexism is, “You’re a woman, so you can’t work here.” I think everyone would agree that exclusion based on gender alone is not valid. All else being equal, there is no reason why a woman can’t do what a man can.|

    How is this sexism? Women can’t do everything as well as a man can. I got no probs with telling a chic a guy should be there to do her job if it takes her 3 times as long or sumthin.


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