this dudebro in my english class said that ophelia deserved to die because “she led hamlet on” and my teacher threw her book against the wall
your teacher’s aim sucks
This is like my English class. Except, the guys in class say things like this and our teacher, who is a female and a shame to her gender, goes with it and makes jokes while the female students in the room want to throw books at her and all the guys in the class.
She once said that women are the devil. And I don’t remember the context, but it was still horribly offensive and my friends and I were absolutely seething that day (we still are). But seriously, in WHAT CONTEXT is that EVER okay?! Other things like “girls wear makeup to look good for boys” have been said in class, either by her or boys in the class, and my teacher just AGREES with it. I don’t know if that’s what she really believes (it probably is), but she always agrees with the WRONG opinion and the wrong people. She never asks for girls’ opinions too, she just calls of the popular guys. And when a quiet girl has finally stood up for her gender, she just literally ignores her opinion and/or sides with the guys.
And just a week or two ago, my (male) choir teacher said that for men, marriage is like they’re forever tethered to a ball and chain (he used less graceful wording), while for women, marriage is security. And the worst part was no one really said anything. It was almost dead silent at that point.
This, my dear followers, is why we need feminism. Teachers should be fired for saying things like this. I always hear of people being fired for something racist. Well, sexism is just as bad as racism. Instead of making a whole race, nation, or ethnicity feel offended, you’re offending an entire half of the human population. And I don’t understand why only a couple girls feel uncomfortable or pissed off when things like this is said in class while all the other girls are okay with it. Has it really been so deeply rooted into our society that girls who’ve grown up hearing this sort of stuff feel like it’s NORMAL or OKAY for people to say things like that?
Obviously, the answer is yes, but I’m also disappointed that it’s so rare for girls to actually feel this angry, from what I’ve seen. It’s not rare on Tumblr or among socially conscious youth, but when you leave this place and go into society, it’s so rare to see people fighting back against the system or even recognizing that there is something wrong. It sucks. It sucks when we feel like we’re correct, but alone in our opinion. It sucks when TEACHERS give their opinions about something related to race, gender, and religion and it’s so offensive to some people, but they think they can just say it and get away with it for laughs. Or they can just say “no offense.” (Even though I don’t remember one teacher who has said his or her opinion and said “no offense”.) I hate how normal girls are just supposed to be OKAY with being the butt of rape jokes, sexual and nonsexual jokes, catcalls, et cetera. People call empowered girls “bitchy”, they call shy or quiet girls “prudes”. When a girl has dated a couple guys, she’s a skank or a slut. When they see someone like Hillary Clinton in the media, all they really talk about is her looks (they call her ugly, scary, or a bitch), not about the stuff she’s saying, not about how intelligent she is, not about how successful or qualified she is. (Girls say a lot of this stuff too.)
In summary, my English teacher is the exact fucking opposite of the original poster’s teacher.
I completely digressed and started ranting and sort of hijacked this post but I’m really not sorry. When I was younger and more naive, I used to think something like this would NEVER happen. But it does. To the boy in last year’s English class who said that rape jokes and rape culture didn’t exist when I pointed out that it did (irony was that I have heard more rape jokes and sexual jokes against women from him than anyone else), to my ignorant and stupid current English teacher (I can’t even say she’s being sexist because I think she’s so stupid she doesn’t know that she’s being sexist in the first place—oh wait, being ignorant isn’t any excuse for saying offensive things and it doesn’t make you any less sexist), to my sexist teachers I’ve had in the past: sexism exists, your opinions are shit, and you should be ashamed of them. This is what I have seen, time and again, and I had to say it.