A revelation

So, I had a minor epiphany a while back.

It shouldn’t have come as a surprise. After all, one of my high school teachers teasingly called me a Femonazi Godbotherer way back in Year 12 (it really was teasing, and not offensive, despite how it sounds). I’ve been a loud feminist for a few years now.

But it was only the other day that I realised, with something of a shock, that humanity’s default position is Male. When people think of Human, even women tend – I think – to imagine Man (I know, stereotype there), and then add/subtract to obtain Woman.

I’m not claiming that this is a new thought. In fact, it’s not even new to me, really, since I’ve read plenty and even written a little about Woman as Other. But I’d never really thought about it in such bald vocabulary before. Woman is different, other, unusual – not normal. Man is normal.

Until society as a whole can get its head around the idea that there are two different, equal, complementary forms of Human, sexism will always exist.

Bit depressing, that.

(And, of course, the default form is also the same colour as the thinker, I would guess.)

One response

  1. Durnit, comments aren’t turning up here when I hit approve! Louisa asked why I was thinking about this, and to be honest I don’t remember entirely. I was probably thinking about sexism in general, at the time, and *why* it exists.

    Actually, the reason I blogged about it on that day was I had just listened to a podcast on EscapePod, which was about veterans recovering from nasty implants etc, and it was excellent… and the vets are all women, which isn’t obvious from the start. And I got quite a shock when I realised it, and I was thinking about *why* I made that assumption.

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