Some women are abused my men in power, but i can’t stop that.
Some women are labelled a wife or a mother, but that has nothing to do with me.
These are things I admit I have thought.
I was scrolling through facebook when I came across an advertisement for a class. It was a support group for ‘new mothers’ on how to care for a baby. Following on from this week’s class, I picked up on their use of the word ‘mother’ rather than ‘parent’ and decided to do further research.
I found that in fact, the class is only for mothers and any other carer can not attend. I was shocked at such a blatant form of sexism displayed from a professional organisation.
Their reasoning for this is some women may be uncomfortable sharing details about their birth, breast feeding or any other personal aspects of raising a baby.
I say, so what? Why should men miss out on valuable information about their child’s development? Why should male single parents be excluded from a class because of their gender? How can we, as a society, expect men to accept things such as public breast feeding if women can not discus it with them in a safe and secure environment?
The group do run ‘dad only’ classes. However, these are run in the evenings and weekends. This conveys the idea that men will be at work while the women look after the children, an idea that should be long gone in 2018.
These ‘father friendly’ classes are scarce compared to the volume of mothers who are welcomed into the community. Why should fathers miss out on bonding with other males who are struggling with the same problems that woman are?
This made me think, what impact will this have on the child? A baby born into a world where his father can not express his fears, what does this teach?
Men are strong. Men work. Men do not look after babies.
Some men get paid more than women, but that doesn’t effect my life.
Some women are labelled a wife or a mother, but that has nothing to do with me, right?
By allowing social norms to dictate the way that we live, we allow sexism to play a prominent role. We advocate equal rights but do not realise that we are living with the repercussions of inequality every day.
Do we want to change, or are we all sexist?