Sometimes it seems like we’ve really made progress on respecting others. That may seem like a strange statement but let’s take a closer look. Racial slurs and jokes are no longer tolerated to the extent they were in the past. Granted, the public school environment where such things are not tolerated at all, is not necessarily a reflection of the real world but it is an indication that, generationally, things are changing; today’s children are being taught in the school setting that such things are unacceptable. In my father’s day (he’s just over 100 years old), it was common in his neighbourhood to call Italians “wops”. (I’m not even sure that’s the right spelling!) If you were Irish, there were places you couldn’t get jobs. Today we say “black” rather than “negro” (or other things I wouldn’t even put into print); homosexuals are now “gays” and have “pride parades”. Women can hold jobs in any field they want — gender discrimination is against the law — and they get equal pay with men for equal work.
But wait a minute. Just yesterday in the newspaper, there was an article about on-the-job harassment against women in ____________ — you fill in the blank. There are jokes going around in emails that portray women, still, as irrational or dumb blonds. People “dis” women when they refer to “chick flicks” and what is really sad is that sometimes women are buying into these phrases — as if making light of it themselves takes the sting out of it. There are actually books that have the word “bitch” in the title that are outlining craft ideas for women and they’re written by women. I know it takes a long time to change attitudes and women’s lib and all that but it won’t happen if it doesn’t start with us! Take a stand in your own little corner — demand respect!
This is a kind of cute thing going around the net about identity theft. I wonder . . . I hope his friends don’t make fun of him.