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Sexist sexism

Work was nothing special. I was crusty for a bit since my trainer is sexist.

After lunch (which occurs at 10:30 a.m., how screwy is that?!), I was moved to putting lids on boxes of meat, and placing the boxes on wooden pallets. No problem-o, it's a very relaxing job that I have done millions of times before. Until my trainer saw me doing this and proclaimed in the ever-so-mighty trainer voice,

"You can't be lifting those. You're a girl."

Thank you very much for noticing. I did not find these boxes difficult to maneuver (they are around 25 - 28 kg). I did not look like I was having any difficulty what-so-ever. In fact, I enjoy doing physical labour as a nice break. Nope, no dice. My trainer came around and replaced me (with a tall male worker, of course), and I had to go do another "less strenuous" job. The worst part?

My trainer is female.

Now, before you roll your eyes and call me sexist, think about the situation: which is worse, a guy calling me weak, but it's not my fault since I'm a girl, or someone of my own gender?

I don't care if that just made me hypocritical. That tends to happen when I get crusty.


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Jul. 16th, 2003 01:48 pm (UTC)
You're right, it isn't much. She doesn't like lifting boxes like that, and told me that she doesn't believe females should be doing that. "Meh" is right.

But, I'm over it. Really... I am....
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Jul. 16th, 2003 01:54 pm (UTC)
More hypocrisy
*contemplative look*

You know what, that's a very good point. Most feminists don't stop to consider that it may not be "all the man's fault". Females are just as much in fault when it comes to labels and sexist attitudes.

It's also weird was is considered "acceptable" sexist behaviour. It's absolutely nothing for the guys to make derogatory jokes and for me to swivel my hips and bat my eyelashes, but one co-worker tells me I can't lift boxes, and I get my panties in a bunch.

Hmmmm... I think that was more self-analysis than I wanted to do today.
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