feminism?

isn’t wisconsin cold enough?

So i think there’s some sexism going on at my job. either that or everyone just tunes me out when i complain.

First, one of just TWO lights in the women’s bathroom went out, which basically means if someone is in the first stall and you have to use stall two or three you basically end up peeing in the dark (or, if you’re like me and you typically use the bathroom for privacy, it means you have to cry in the dark). Ok. fine. whatever. i KNOW how to pee (and cry) in the dark.

but THEN, yesterday the hot water in the sink broke. and i don’t mean you turn on the hot water and cold comes out, i mean you can’t even get ANY water to come of the hot-water spout.

and now im forced to wash my hands in half melted ice (which is what comes out of the cold-water side). and you people i work with should know that there’s NO WAY i can stand that water for the full 30 seconds hand-washing experts recommend. basically i can only stand it for about .5 seconds

In conclusion, when a virus starts spreading around my office, blame sexism (or my high-pitch voice that’s easy to tune out).

UPDATE: we now have hot water — but it’s worth noting half the bathroom is still dark.

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isn’t wisconsin cold enough?

So i think there’s some sexism going on at my job. either that or everyone just tunes me out when i complain.

First, one of just TWO lights in the women’s bathroom went out, which basically means if someone is in the first stall and you have to use stall two or three you basically end up peeing in the dark (or, if you’re like me and you typically use the bathroom for privacy, it means you have to cry in the dark). Ok. fine. whatever. i KNOW how to pee (and cry) in the dark.

but THEN, yesterday the hot water in the sink broke. and i don’t mean you turn on the hot water and cold comes out, i mean you can’t even get ANY water to come of the hot-water spout.

and now im forced to wash my hands in half melted ice (which is what comes out of the cold-water side). and you people i work with should know that there’s NO WAY i can stand that water for the full 30 seconds hand-washing experts recommend. basically i can only stand it for about .5 seconds

In conclusion, when a virus starts spreading around my office, blame sexism (or my high-pitch voice that’s easy to tune out).

UPDATE: we now have hot water — but it’s worth noting half the bathroom is still dark.

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Barbie’s influence

EDITOR’S NOTE: the following post is kind of all over the place. but i was really tired when i wrote it.  

I’m all screwed up and I think i know why — her name is Barbie. You see, “Barbie” taught me i could be ANYTHING i wanted to be when i grew up (good) as long as i was pretty and blond (bad).

and now im constantly questioning my views of women (because I am one) and i’m not going to lie, im worried that i don’t really like hillary clinton because she’s a woman. and im worried that women leaders don’t have good role models so we don’t know if we like them  — we can compare Obama to JFK and even Lincoln, but the only woman leader many of us know to compare Clinton to is our moms — hence the constant references to her being a nag and a b*tch. (my mom is neither, btw. but i’ve also never made such references) and i really hope that my generation of women grows up to be GREAT women role models, but who will we model ourselves after?

and i just read this interview with Natalie Portman, and she talked about how women are SO used to feeling like they are less than men that they constantly say things like ‘this might sound stupid but…’ or ‘i don’t mean to be a b*tch but…” and i TOTALLY do that. and to my male boss’s credit he has (on more than one occasion) told me i should NOT do that when i talk to him because i’m not stupid or a b*tch. (he didn’t use those exact words, but you get the idea). and i really, really love my current male boss (not because he’s male, but because he’s a really respectable person in my field) but i DO totally feel like i’m less than him. (is it because he’s a male or because he’s a really respectable person in my field) and i REALLY noticed it today at work during a brain storm meeting that was all women for about 75 percent of it. and we all seemed SO confident and willing to share our unfiltered ideas. we DIDN’T preface all of them with “this might be a stupid idea but…” instead we just SAID them. like a leader would. like a male would.

And the other problem i have is that i TOTALLY judge my self-worth based on my appearance — no matter how good i am at my job. and the thinner and prettier i am the more respect i feel entitled to. but that’s stupid — guys don’t feel that way. plenty of ugly, fat guys are leaders in this world — umm, have you SEEN Rush Limbaugh?

im not sure how to fix any of this, but i just wanted to get it off my chest. and it’s MY blog. so i can do that. any of you women (or men) out there in the Interweb share my views?

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