This kind of thing just mystified me when I first returned to the States. Really, I don’t think the US has always been this way.[/quote]
:roflmao: I know you don’t mean it to be that way, but yes, the US has always been that way. It used to be called Jim Crow, The White Boy’s Club, etc.[/quote]
Yes, I know THOSE things have always been. I meant that I used to think that Americans were generally able to, and generally inclined to, think for themselves. Now, everything is soundbites and people don’t seem to know much about any kind of history or think very far beyond next week.
From the article you posted, I don’t think that the members of that MiP group are doing any harm, but the seem silly to me to whine about having things so tough and women have all these help groups and organizations and so on. We have them because we’ve needed them. We still need them. And things have changed, it’s true, but in all kinds of ways. These days, if you lay off a woman, you’re much more likely to be laying off a single mom. Back in the day, women were paid less, but they weren’t as often the sole support of their children. Now, we’re still paid less, though more than before, but many of us are also raising our children alone.
Does being a white woman mean that I can’t understand prejudice and discrimination? Of course not. Especially a white woman who has lived in many places and cultures. You can bet I’ve know discrimination and prejudice. But does anyone want to hear a white woman in America whine about prejudice and discrimination? Of course not. If I started a group to make people aware of how I, and many other white American women, have been the victums of prejudice and descrimination, I’d end up with a mailbox full of hate mail.
Though no one is arguing that things are tougher now for white men than they were before, it still is off putting to hear them complain. It’s been very tough for a lot of people for a long, long time. That’s all I’m saying.