I’ve gotten a lot of blogging material from my Sociology class. And yet, again, this particular post will be about Sociology.
In my latest post, I shared with y’all my response paper on “sexist language.” Tonight, I am reading another article that I was planning on writing a response to for extra credit. However, I find myself at a loss for words.
How am I supposed to write a legitimate response when I will just be repeating what I’ve written in previous responses?
This article is on “privilege” and why it is important to “make [this issue] visible in legal doctrine.” It goes on to describe how we categorize (incorrectly it adds) gender as male and female. “A recent scientific article suggested that five genders might be a more accurate characterization of human anatomy, but there is a heavy systemic stake in our image of two genders.”
Five genders, huh? I’m confused on what those other three might be… This article explains that everything in our society is heterosexualized, that heterosexuality holds “privilege.” It gives examples such as “marriage”, “husband”, and “wife.”
And this all makes sense to me now… My sociology professor, on the first day of class, referred to her “partner” in explaining a specific issue. As you may imagine, the whole class was slightly puzzled, including me. I later found out that her partner was actually a man, but more than that. This “partner” was her husband! HER HUSBAND! But she refuses to say husband… it’s spouse or partner. I understand why now. Calling him her husband, I suppose, is part of this whole heterosexual privilege.
How am I supposed to response to this?! What am I supposed to say in response to this stupidity? Everything that I would WANT to say, I couldn’t because it would probably offend her, and seeing as she controls my grade… well, that might not be a great idea.
Keeping along with this theme of “privilege” in our society, in our class friday the issue of all boys colleges came up. Of course, this was a HUGE PROBLEM! How dare men have a university all to themselves and now admit women!! How DARE they leave out women! They must think they are better than us!
And yet, we live in a city with TWO ALL GIRLS UNIVERSITIES!!! Hellllooooooooo! Let’s open our eyes here, people.
There are all men’s colleges. And there are all girls colleges. It’s not sexist. It’s not a privilege thing!
Ugh. In conclusion… I will not be writing this extra credit response. The truth is, I can’t deal with this BS anymore. And yes, that’s exactly what it is. A bunch of complete nonsense. It’s tiring.
I have two papers still to write for this class. Two major papers. I have to be an “investigator” of inequality… So I’ll pretty much be telling her what she wants to hear.
In the last paper (which is my exam grade), I have to identify patterns within my response papers. One of the questions: “How has my sociological perspective developed over the semester?” I’ll let you guys know what creative answer I come up with. Should be interesting.