Examples of gender inequality issues condescendingly dismissed as "not a gender issue"
Dismissing obvious gender equality issues only leads to increasing gender inequality. The more we identify and call attention to the clear disparity between men and women in our society the easier it could be to affect meaningful change.
- •When a female friend complained of being cold despite her heavy pants and recalled being disciplined by a teacher for wearing pants at school in the winter "because girls wear skirts and pants are for boys" and that if she wore pants "she wouldn't look like a girl".When asked if there was any follow up to this clearly sexist statement she dismissed the incident saying "it's not a gender issue". Clothing should not have a gender and wearing pants should not be a source of discipline.
- •When a friend insisted that everyone had to get "the boys toy" in a happy mealWhy are toys broken into girls and boys? Fun is not gender specific.
- •When a work program that targeted "softer" skills included 60% women, while the average gender split was 80% men.When questioned as to why this was I was told to "stop raising gender issues".
- •When wandering around a store selling automotive tools and parts I found a pink and grey tool kit specifically labeled as "for women"Are women unable to use tools unless they are pink? Why not just sell a pink toolkit? Why does it have to have a gender assignment?