Nothing New Under The Sun

Yesterday, before a meeting, two of my female coworkers engaged in a rant that I have heard many times before from women: men are wimps but women are tough. I find such statements ironic, not just because they are factually incorrect, but also because they are so gender-biased. Even without using pejoratives, had I entered the room and made a similar statement about women, they would have jumped all over me. (Figuratively, not literally; that is an entry for another day.)

Perhaps it is just an instance of the phenomenon that some people derive value from being in a persecuted class. Perhaps it is just an instance of the phenomenon that some people think they can shame others into agreeing with them. Perhaps it is just an instance of the phenomenon that people have flaws.

But it makes the task of eradicating gender bias that much harder. Gender bias is no less ugly from a woman than from a man.

Why can we not all just get along?

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