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Sun Jan 15, 2012, 04:29 PM

60. Since you asked my opinion, I'll say yes

this example is sexist, and your other example from yesterday was also sexist, because someone is mentally assigning a gender to someone on the internet based on what they think of as male or female character / personality.

It's about a hundred times more insulting, though, to say "I thought you were a man because you are so logical" than it is to say "I thought you were a woman because you post photos of nature".

We all have been conditioned to believe that women's interests and personalities are confined to home life, makeup & pantyhose, social interactions, oohing & aahing at kitties & puppies, raising babies, tampons, and nagging men.

But yet when it comes to independent thought or independent action of any kind, scientific interests, political interests, or anything adventurous, we ascribe that to men. The stereotype of women is far more limited than the stereotype of a man (at least what we adults of a certain age have been raised to believe, based on movies, media, cultural conditioning, etc.)

We all are taught this, but I think women might be better at realizing that women are more multi-dimensional than we are stereotyped to be.

That's why so many men assume that faceless people on the internet are all men, until they learn otherwise. It's like they had no idea that women are interested in more than makeup, tampons, baking cakes, and raising babies. (Is that sexist of me?)

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