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International Women’s Day

On this day, I am reminded of an experience when I was in college.  It was a writers, evening class made-up of mostly women.   The professor encouraged us to express ourselves, and there were a few women in class who always exercised that right by discussing the women’s movement of that time.  One pointed out that the make-up of the class, having very few White men, indicated that women did not receive the privilege of attending college right after high school.   We juggle family and full-time jobs with college classes.   Mostly, the motivation for a college degree was to increase our earning potential.

A man student mockingly sat back with a smirk on his face, and stated the reason was not because of White male privilege but because women were not as intelligent as men — are stupid, and belong in the kitchen and the bedroom.

There must have been 20 voices all talking at the same time after he said that.  I remained quiet until the professor gained control.  Then I raised my hand, was acknowledged, and turned to that man saying;

“I’m so sorry you feel that way about your mother.”

It was as if all the air was suck out of the room.  The professor gave us a break.  When we returned to the class room, the man did not return and it fact, he disappeared for the rest of the semester. Read the rest of this entry

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