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Once more, I love Cracked.

I’ve only got through the first section of this article, not expecting it to take this tact, and I’m already on my feet applauding. THANK YOU, Luke McKinney! For restoring my faith in most of the masculine half of humanity! I’ve talked about my take on gender issues on here before, and I think I do so from a pretty calm, rational perspective. But according to the guys referenced here, I would just be spewing crazy emotions because of my menstrual cycle.

Just because SOME attractive women SOME of the time milk SOME poor suckers for all their worth – women in no way have it easier. That’s like saying China is a shining example of industry just because it makes a lot of stuff. I think that metaphor works. I’m not exactly known for my good metaphors.

I mean, just to clarify, if I made two f–king dollars an hour more, I could actually afford to live on my own. But I work in a field dominated by women, a field historically underpaid for its labor, and a gender historically underpaid. I’m sure the “man-boys” making THESE comments aren’t much ahead of me financially, if at all; after all, business requires SOME degree of social skills and the ability to not objectify EVERY female coworker that walks through the door every day. But as a whole, the average man will ALWAYS come out ahead of me, and will almost NEVER be treated as a piece of meat, unless he has chosen to be in a situation where that is desirable (insert whatever sexual fantasy you have here).

Are there exceptions to the rule? Absolutely. For every Hillary Clinton or, uh…Martha Stewart, but she’s a less inspiring example – for every one of those, there’s a male escort worker being treated like a commodity. But just so I don’t let anyone forget that’s what I studied in college, you know what my research showed?

They were mostly being objectified by other men.

Guys. Guys.

You can do better. For all of us, you can.


About emilydnelson

A recent graduate of Hofstra University with a B.A. in anthropology, Emily is like every other twenty-two year old on the planet - trying to figure out what the hell to do now. Follow as she struggles with writing, her social work job, and bopping from coast to coast.
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