It's a long uphill battle, always


Yoko turning her back on men from Gurren Lagann

"It's awful being a kid. No one listens to you."

"It's rotten being old. No one listens to you."

"I'm a white male, aged 18-49. Everyone listens to me! No matter how dumb my suggestions are."

Quoth Grandpa Simpson, Lisa Simpson and Homer Simpson respectively in the episode Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy. Nothing more true than what Homer says, and quite profound. Even if you’re a “white” kid or a “white” old man though, I get the impression you’re more likely to be listened to than people from other races.

Generalising that it is the “kid” and “elderly” age groups that are not listened to does not seem entirely right. But having read a great deal of feminist-toned articles these past few weeks, as well as watching shows where men are more often than not surprised that a women is able to do “mens’ work”, I do feel for the women. This says it all, really, without going into breakdowns of VOGUE covers where women are Photoshopped beyond recognition, or there is a bias towards “white” women.

As much as I do hope that the world can be a more fair place not only for people of different genders, races or even ages, I do still put myself down as quite the pessimist as I don’t see it happening any sooner. Particularly given domination of certain types of people in certain roles remains the same as ever. Does it make me an optimist to hope all the same?

Just remember though, it wasn’t once this way, yet at the same time always was.

(Funny thing is that if women are told to get back into the kitchen, why are restaurant kitchens dominated by men? We’re all asking this question. As way too many articles I have read are saying, women seem to be delegated to the role of incubator for developing children, particularly in the case of the ProLife movement where women aren’t given any choices. Where a fertilised egg could have more rights than a woman. How about that.)

Screenshot from AnimeEdge.