Thursday, September 29, 2011

Five Chiefs


It's like... an entire book of Stevens' opinions. In other words, I AM IN HEAVEN.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Gaslighting

I love this article so much. Gaslighting. Have you heard of it? I think this is essentially at the root of why I was so annoyed in my last blog post. Labeling women as dramatic because they express their emotions is pretty akin to calling them crazy or irrational, I think. I also love the Gloria Steinem quote, “The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.”

It is this need to "unlearn" that causes me so much frustration when I get into discussions with my non-feminist friends (or rather my friends who do not openly proclaim to be feminist). I think a lot, if not most, of feminism is the result of people who have worked hard to unlearn what society teaches us about gender roles. While my friends may think it's just a fact of life that women are more dramatic than men, I think that it's a derogatory label society (perhaps primarily men) gives to women who express emotions that cause other people discomfort. In other words, it's a form of gaslighting that leaves many women hesitant to express themselves for fear that they're being overly dramatic, emotional, or irrational.