fireez: (Les Mis - Enjolras gun)
...and I'm out of that place. Friday and Monday.

And I'm so, so glad. Yes, being unemployed sucks because of money and associated worries, but you know what also sucks? Having a job that wrecks your mental health.

I'll also be glad to leave the sexism behind. Yeah, today was one of those days where I was once again reminded of just how much our bosses value their female employees. I mean, I've always felt a little bit underestimated, but before they got two new, male apprentices, I didn't know exactly why. Now I do. It's because I'm female, and clearly females just aren't as competent as men. Doesn't matter that the guys come to me if they have questions, nope, by virtue of being male, they are automatically able to do more tasks than I am.

I don't blame it on the guys. Both of them are nice, and we get along really well. I blame it on my bosses who are stuck somewhere in a world where equality of the sexes isn't invented yet.

And you know what's worst about sexism? It doesn't just make you hate the sexist people, it makes you hate yourself. Or rather your gender. I know it's not rational and I shouldn't think like that, but for a moment there, I hated the fact that I'm percieved as female. Which I shouldn't because self-hate is one of the most harmful things in the universe. But that's what sexism (and any kind of stigma, actually) does to you. It makes you hate yourself for what you are.

...but no worries, now I'm back to putting the hate where it belongs: their stupid sexist asses.

fireez: (Monty Python - Monks)
...or, here's the biggest reason we just HAD to move.

Everyone on that street is stuck in the 50s. No, seriously.

Today, we did the inspection and handing over of the old place. And let me explain to you a thing, dear journal.

First thing: everything your landlords say when you move in will be forgottten when you move out. Including "oh, those tiles on the window sill are really old, if you want to you can replace them with whatever you like". NOPE. And yeah, OF COURSE the tiles didn't just drop off becaue they were simply glued onto a bit of polished wood, which is shoddy work if I ever saw it. NOPE. "My mother did that herself, and she always does good work. All the other tiles are still there". Well that's because they're on top of the windowsill and gravity does not work on them.

The dampness in the bathroom is TOTALLY NOT because the shutter casing is leaking. NOPE. It's because we didn't open the window after taking a shower! Also, yeah, no way the silicone in the shower has to be replaced after a few years. It's so shit because we didn't open the window!

But the worst thing came when the whole thing was basically over and we were standing in the kitchen. Apparently, they were unhappy with our cleaning job. Here's a quote for you, said to my husband: "After all, you have a wife!". Oh, and: "I only saw him (hubby) doing work in the evenings for the last two months. Something has gone really wrong, I'd say."
Oh and then I got bitched at because I smiled. No, wait "grinned". Tell you what, lady. For one, I was trying to be polite (but apparently, I should have been ashamed of myself because a woman is defined by her cleaning!). And second, you would NOT have liked the face I made seconds before that.

It looked kind of like a cross between these: 

Because really. Really?

I've been living there for like 6 years and they NEVER NOTICED that I actually have a full-time job? Where the fuck did they think I went every morning? The fucking hairdressers? Or maybe they did notice but think that a woman should have a full-time job AND to all the housework. Because we don't need things like rest or time for our hobbies. Oh and they didn't notice that I WASN'T EVEN IN TOWN for two months.

I mean seriously. This is the 21st century. There's been this thing called "feminism" and "social equality" which led to women joining the workforce and couples sharing the housework and stuff like that. But I have this feeling that this great invention totally passed our landlady and her daughter by.

I'm just.. a weird mix between flabberghasted, angry and amused.


fireez: (Misc - women's vote)
Instead, I'm going to talk about the offcial outfits of the German olympic squad, and why I think it's problematic. Besides from being simply fugly.

Here's a picture for reference

See the pink and the blue? Well of course you do. It's eye-watering. It's hideous. It looks like shit.

And it's probematic. The boys all wear blue, the girls all wear pink.

Now, I don't mind women wearing pink. Go ahead. Wear pink all the time if you want to. I don't object to women wearing pink.

What I do object to is some committee deciding that all the women wear pink, and all the boys wear blue.

Of course, you could say that well, all the athletes are forced to wear their official garb, and what's so problematic about this particular one?

Most of the other ones don't enforce gender stereotypes and barriers. That's what's problematic here. The pink and blue is enforcing gender stereotypes on people (who might not want that), and it's driving a clear dividing line between the men and the women. Not "look here, these are our athletes, don't they look fine?". No, it's "look here, these are our clearly labeled male and female athletes, don't they look fine?" to which the resounding answer of the world has been FUCK NO.

By assigning "boy" and "girl" colors to people, you also assign them "boy" and "girl" gender roles. Which is problematic. Like I said, some people might be comfortable with that, but I bet my ass that some of them aren't. Hell, there may even be genderqueer athletes among our squad, and that must feel really fucking great, to be assigned a label you're not.

Side note: apparently, you can only compete as a woman if you have two X chromosomes and nothing else. No trans women allowed, and no XXY women, either. Because they have a "physical advantage". Well, screw that, I always thought the Olympics weren't about winning, but about celebrating humanity as a united whole? Apparently, trans people do not fall under that umbrella.

Anyway, that's my rant about the German outfits, and why I hate the fuck out of them. Dear whoever made that decision: congratulations, you've made the whole world think that not only we don't have any fashion sense, but that we're stupid, too.


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