Who would have ever thought I would quote Lady G? I never thought I would, but this is a very appropriate quote for what this blog is going to contain. Warning: the majority of this blog is going to be a rant.
In block today, we had some great conversations and presentations. Overall, the class was pretty great. However, (you knew it was coming) we ended the class with a discussion about women in the Military. One lady in the class said some things that really made me angry. Picking two that most fired me up: “Do we want the Military to win?! We can’t have women in there if we do.” and “A girl can’t carry all that heavy equipment and wear a helmet.” I know I probably shouldn’t be writing like this when I am upset, but gosh dang it! My very best friend from high school is a Marine. She as been active and is actually on an 18-month tour right now. I see her once a year, maybe. I do not believe she is making the Military lose by serving. She is clearly capable and actually does all the hard work that this one girl claims to be impossible. Women have been warriors for thousands of years.
This is a picture representation of Hervor. Hervor comes from the legend of a Viking warrior woman who followed in her ferocious father’s footsteps and lead other Vikings into battle, raided villages, and the like.
Oh and another lovely quote from this lady, “Women are wimps.” —Excuse me?! I could spend the rest of my blog explaining how that is not true, but as the cliche goes, that would be preaching to the choir. (I think anyways.) So, now I am torn about what to do in this situation. Do I wipe her slate clean with me? Do I file her under “the people I don’t like” section? I feel very strongly about this subject. Also, I wasn’t sure I liked her before this incident, but my opinion of her confirmed my distaste for her.
What about if this situation occurs in my classroom? Realistically, I am sure I will not allow a situation to get this heated, but the possibility is still there. I need to figure out a way to make sure I don’t let things like this get me down or ruin classes for the rest of my students. Honestly, I am a little concerned about how much this minor incident affected the rest of my day. Another thing on my list to improve myself is to control and deal with reactions I have.
Thanks for reading!