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November 7, 2010 @ 8:38 AM | Permalink


Generation Y- Are We Still Dealing With Sexism?


My history teacher in high school was always fascinated with generations. He described his generation as selfish and more than once he called my generation apathetic. Then he heard John Mayer's song “Waiting on the World to Change,” which somehow changed his perception of my generation. This song changed his view on our beliefs to reflect the differences in the generations. A condensed version of the lyrics go:

We're all misunderstood

They say we stand for nothing

There's no way we ever could

Now we see everything is going wrong

With the world and those who lead it

We just feel like we don't have the means

To rise about and beat it

I don't blame Mr. Fox for having this view on my generation. There are many times that I think that there is no way that we can ever make a difference. I want to make a difference in this life, but I find it quite difficult to trust in the fact that my generation will ever change the world. Though supposedly more open and tolerant to ideas such as gay marriage, Generation Y, with all of our technology and connectiveness,is not perfect. As it was stated in class, “anything that can be learned must be taught.” Each generation has had it battles to fight; whether based on wars or social problems such as discrimination. There has been a lot to overcome. As a woman in the United States, I am very grateful for the strides that previous generations have made towards equality for women. But I also understand that everything isn't equal yet. The underlying values that are taught through many religions, such as Christianity and Islam, that women are inferior to men has been woven into the tapestry of mundane normal life and in more recent times has been hidden. It may be that because of the great strides that society has gone to correct this injustice; people no longer see it as obvious. It might come as a shock to some, but all sexist language and behaviors have not disappeared.

It has been said before that the truth spews from people's mouths when they are drunk. The alcohol impedes the self monitoring skills that many posses. This is very crucial when one looks at sexist comments. The night before Bonfire Night, I was in Willie's watching the television show “Friends” with some intoxicated WIS students. My thoughts were not not impaired by alcohol. During one of the commercials, there was an ad that showed a lady having a problem opening a package of some sort. The woman wasn't a drop dead beauty but her physical beauty and attractiveness conveyed a sense of control and confidence and her socioeconomic status as a middle class mum. She did not flinch even though she was having issues with the packaging. I am very foggy on the exact ad, but the comments that were made due to the ad stung. One of the males in the room commented, “I know what her problem is: she is a woman.” Those ten words were enough to set my nonverbal communication into overdrive. I know that the “evil eye” doesn't have the power to actually kill someone, but I tried. My eyes became locked on his. The next thing that he said was, “Oops I didn't think anyone would hear me. I only make sexist comments occasionally.” His paralanguage, vocal inflections, made it very obvious that he did not mean his apology (if one could even call it that). It was strange, but I also felt like my personal bubble had been invaded. He hadn't moved any closer to me or physically invaded my proximity or territory, but in a way I felt that he had. His statement made me very uneasy and it was very shortly after that that I decided to leave the room. There was definitely a shift in the relational tone of our conversations. The incident that I experienced dealt with a male making a sexist comment about a female. This does not mean that women cannot be sexist. As the lyrics of John Mayer's song says, I am just “waiting on the world to change” in such a way that discrimination will be eliminated.


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