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geniph Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-08-05 02:51 PM
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39. You're going to see that anywhere on the Internet
because, like it or not, most of the internets (sic) is still dominated by men, and most especially by young guys who are still wet behind the ears. The stereotype of the pasty geek in his mid-20s living in mom's basement and spending 90% of his waking hours on the 'net is not dead. Sure, there's a lot of us who don't fit that - and some of those pasty geeks HAVE actually spoken to actual, live women and formed reasonable opinions of them - but there's one whole hell of a lot of guys on the Internet who still see women as commodities, primarily because they don't actually know any.

What we can do to make a difference - well, if it's your son, educate the little sucker! Other than that, to me one of the biggest things we can do is not buy into the whole stereotype of women as certain things that the media pushes on us so hard. Don't be that bitchy wife who makes lists of chores for her husband on Saturday and then goes out and puts $300 on the credit cards for clothes. Do some of the chores yourself and spend your own money, not his. We can only change stereotypes by making sure we, ourselves, do not embody them - and sadly, I still know too many women who DO fit right into the nastiest of cultural pigeonholes. Materialistic women who judge men by their bank accounts, women who use bitching and nagging instead of reasoning to get their way, women who cry to win an argument, women who flutter about and exhibit learned helplessness. If you find yourself engaging in such behaviors under circumstances where people will use it to reinforce cultural stereotypes, STOP.
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