It was me, actually. And for the millionth time, the dog peeing on the essay was a joke. You’re free to look at my blog for a lengthier response.
No, white men are not underrepresented. That’s a massive fucking joke.
You people are aware that the power + prejudice definitions of racism and sexism aren’t specific to tumblr, right? Those ideas are prevalent in the textbooks I’ve taught from since I began teaching.
I’ll edit my post to reflect your authorship
I didn’t say white men, I said men. Period. Don’t move the goalposts by bringing race into this. Men are underrepresented in education, both as teachers and undergraduates. Most teachers are women and, increasingly, most post-secondary students are girls. If you believe that’s proper representation, then you must also believe that there are inherent differences in ability between the genders, which sort of undercuts most feminist theory.
But this isn’t really about that, either. Regardless of the state of gender in academia, you have power over your students. A legally recognized form of power that grants you certain privileges and limitations. When they are in your class you are the institution. You have the power. You have the prejudice. By your own definition, you are sexist. By the actual definition used in the real world, you are really goddamn sexist. What I’m driving at here is that you’re sexist.
In a just world, that would probably cost you your job. The fact that you’re willing to publish degrading comments about one of your students on a public forum (anonymously or not) would probably cost you your job. As an English teacher, your blatant disrespect for the mechanics of language (more on that in a bit) would probably cost you your job. I hate the type of scumfucks who’d say you deserve to be raped, but whatever school employs you should discipline the shit out of your ass.
Sadly, this is not a just world we live in. The dialogue on gender dynamics has been controlled by a single body of activists for over half a century, and that body of activists only cares about half the population. Many of them use historic inequality to minimize and justify their present bigotry, disregard entirely the numerous disadvantages men have (some of which they’ve created or exacerbated), and use bully tactics to silence a growing opposition. Our society barely recognizes male victims of rape and violence; why would it even acknowledge male victims of sexism?
To clarify, here I mean sexism in terms of prejudicial thoughts influencing actions. Y’know, like what the word actually means. The funny thing about textbooks is that they’re not much more credible than tumblr in the grand scheme of things. Any jackass can write a textbook and charge 300 dollars for it, and teachers can largely add whatever nonsense they want to their syllabi. For the sake of clarity I prefer to use words in ways that will be understood by the majority of people who read them or, failing that, can be easily referenced in a dictionary. It’s the sort of thing good writers do.
Gendered prejudice will always be the primary meaning of the word “sexism,” regardless of what other definitions are added to the dictionary, because words mean what people think they mean. And even if you refuse to use any definitions but the one in your textbooks, what you call “prejudice” is still a terrible thing, and willfully engaging in it still makes you a terrible human being.