>>Would any of you even consider saying, “Well, I gotta admit, I don’t much like black people”
Well, if I had a significant number of experiences with people of a different race in which I came away annoyed, upset, or thinking they were just not logical, you bet I would say something like that. I’m not one for being PC or tiptoeing around the issue. However, I have NOT had that experience, so no, I don’t get down on people because of their race.
IMO, the bulk of humanity are idiots. There seem to be more female idiots than male idiots. I don’t believe all people are created equal - some people are smarter, wiser, whatever you want to call it, than other people. I don’t think these people should have special privileges, that is, I think that although we are not created equal we should all be treated as if we were. However, that doesn’t mean that I have to hang out with people I don’t like.
Pick up your average women’s magazine - it’s fluff. And not only that, it ENCOURAGES women to act like children. Personal responsibility? No, we can’t have that. Treating a man with respect? No, here’s how to play games in order to “catch” him. Getting a career and supporting yourself? Sure, as long as it’s “fun” and “fulfilling.” If not - quit, and get your boyfriend/husband/parents to support you.
There’s a weird standard out there that women themselves seem to perpetuate. Although women have come a long way in the past 50 years, there’s still a perception that they (we?) are not quite adults, and are not really responsible for their own financial, emotional, or mental health. For example, I had a group of female and male friends I graduated from high school with. I’m fairly young - graduated in 1987. Of my friends, me and one other woman went to school and got jobs that we can actually live on. I’m an engineer (yes, a computer geek) and my friend is a doctor.
The others? One got a degree in German, another has a Music degree. One or two more got teaching degrees. One has an English degree. Quite a few more didn’t get any degree, they either didn’t go to college or only went until they got married. The point is, very few prepared themselves for the “real world” where you just can’t support yourself, much less a family, on the jobs the degrees made available to them.
The men, on the other hand, routinely got degrees that allowed provided them with jobs where they can actually support themselves, and a family if they wanted one. One is a Physician’s Assistant, and many more got engineering degrees.
Now, I know a degree and a job isn’t everything. But, the ability to support yourself independently provides a degree of self esteem and personal responsiblity that I just don’t see in the people who allow someone else to support them. Why aren’t girls brought up to understand and prepare for this? Yes, motherhood is fine and dandy, but in this day and age you cannot expect to find a husband who will support you and your kids forever. Divorce and accidents happen. Single motherhood is a risk. Women should be prepared for this.