Okay, women. You want your equal rights. Cool. As far as I’m concerned, you already have them, but some say there is still inequality. Well, that’s no good. So let’s get it all fixed up. Let’s make everything equal so that there can be no debate. If that’s the plan, we have to be fair. We have to meet in the middle.
Last week in British Columbia, someone took issue with women walking around with sleeveless tops and said they should cover up their arms. *Gasp*.
In another story, a woman took issue with female students wearing leggings to school and asked them to ignore fashion and cut it out.
In both stories, the response of the affected women was to wear the taboo clothing in a message of solidarity. Very good. I like it. They fought back at the aggressors. That’s what Not Sheep Minded is all about. Does Black Sheep care if women wear sexy clothing to work or school? No. There are bigger fish to fry.
Good. Great. Grand. Wonderful. Now, I like wearing a tank-top (aka wifebeater) as much as the next guy. If I worked in the B.C. Legislature I don’t think I could get away with hemming off the sleeves of my suit jacket and going sleeveless. It’s okay for women, though. Hmmm…. double standard? Also, isn’t it kind of sexist that the nickname for a tight-fitting male tank top is a wifebeater? Social justice is banning words like retarded and adding words like mansplaining. We’re very concerned about “toxic masculinity“, but we’re okay allowing a word that insinuates the wearer of a garment (when male) is an abuser of the opposite sex (who commonly wear the same garment, without being subjected to derogatory nomenclature).
I also can pretty much guarantee that most workplaces that allow women to wear those tight-fitting LuLu Lemons would not give the same consideration to a man trying to pull off the same look. Society has spoken. We forgive cameltoes but we do not forgive banana hammocks.
This morning I was going to write an article about the outrage over Justin Beiber posing a fake ultrasound photo for April Fool’s day. His girlfriend was not really pregnant. It was a typical sort of April Fool’s gag as far as I was concerned. Not on Trigger, I mean Twitter. People were outraged. As I pointed out in my post about Dolly Parton’s boobs, most outrage is laziness. People claimed to be outraged about Justin’s fake announcement because it was insensitive toward women who can’t get pregnant, or women who have had miscarriages, etc… That’s like a lactose intolerant person getting outraged that someone posted a picture of a banana split on Instagram. It’s nonsense.
Which brings me to the story about the “All Woman Spacewalk” being cancelled because there were not enough size medium spacesuits. Although this story caused a lot of outrage (even from Hilary Clinton), it’s not like NASA planned their inventory of spacesuits to fuck women over. It’s not as if they conspired for a bunch of spacesuits to burn up in the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters. It’s not like they called Elon Musk and said, “Hey, we need to get rid of a few more medium spacesuits so that women can’t have a Kodak moment on the ISS. Can you please blow up that Space X cargo shipment and burn up a few more suits for us?”
If an “All Man” spacewalk had been planned and the Space Station did not have the correct sizes for the men on board at the time, the “All Man” spacewalk would have been cancelled too.
The truth is, the female astronaut had planned to wear a size large initially, but changed her mind and thought the medium was a better fit. I will go out on the limb here and say it was probably because the large suit made her butt look too big (just a joke, folks).
“Black Sheep, where is all this hostility towards women coming from?”
I am not hostile. I love women. I have quite a few of them in my life. We get along just fine for three weeks every month (another low-hanging joke, I’m sorry).
All jokes and nonsense aside, what really has me fired up is the Testosterone Tax I pay on my car insurance bill every month. Men pay more for car insurance (and life insurance). Let’s let that sink in a little.
Women work for less pay than men = outrage.
Men pay more on car insurance = that’s okay.
Why is it okay? I can’t charge an Asian man more for car insurance than a white man based on stereotypes. I can’t pay a woman letter-carrier less because her legs are shorter than a male letter-carrier. I can charge a middle age man more than a senior citizen at a restaurant (That’s bullshit too, and I’ll rant about this later).
“Black Sheep, the facts show that men are statistically higher to be involved in traffic collisions.”
So what? When selling a product, we don’t discriminate based on men vs. women in any other industry, but it’s okay in the insurance industry? Nope. I do not agree.
I bet it’s statistically higher for a woman applying makeup in her mirror to be involved in an accident. I bet that a woman driving around with a poodle on her lap is more likely to be involved in an accident than me. The old lady driving down the 401, in the rain, with her 4-ways on, going 40 km/h is at way higher risk than me.
I’m a perfectly safe driver (no accidents), yet I get painted with the same brush as the “average” male driver.
When all women are painted with the same brush as the “average” woman, it causes a Twitter Storm not seen since that time Kim Kardashian showed her shiny, oiled-up butt.
I’m all for equality, but if that’s the goal, then let’s go with the dictionary definition of the word:
the quality or state of being equal
That means if we’re going to have equal rights and equal pay then we better drop the Testosterone Tax and have equal car insurance too.
Just my thoughts. What do you guys (and gals) think?