In which I discuss the knitty-gritty aspects of society, and the prejudices that are inherently embedded within it. I’ll start by setting a couple of parameters; I’ll stay within the 21st century, and in the Western world. So let’s begin.
What better to start with than the juicy topic that is racism? Ah, racism. We’ve all been either victims or proponents of it, whether we admit it or not. From my experiences though, for the most part, racism is not a big deal in the 21st century Western world. Instead of saying a lot of people are racist, I’d instead call them racially insensitive. Jokes at the expense of a race are offensive, yes, but you must consider the context and intentions of the joke. Most people who joke about certain groups aren’t racist – they don’t actively hate the race. They’re instead just having a laugh, with a controversial subject that unfortunately may have some truth within it. That, in my opinion, is not racist. Neither is adressing ones’ friends by racial slurs. Language evolves all the time, and while using a slur in some contexts may be outrageous, in other it has evolved to be a form of endearment. Again, racially insensitive, but not blatanly racist. Of course, there’s always some ignorant dick out there who is a genuine racist, but hey, unfortunately the world isn’t perfect, and take comfort in the fact that it is more than likely that no one gives a shit about that dick. The only other thing I’ll say about the topic is that I think people tend to be more racist when they consider a group of people rather than individuals. I’m not better, as I do it a lot (I often judge people, but only in my head). Yeah, it’s not a good thing to do, but it’s engrossed in the fabric of any society. Maybe by considering people as individuals and leaving aside biases and unfair prejudices, we can eradicate some bigoted thinking and make the world a less hateful place. Maybe.
When blatant racism is evident, it becomes a big deal, and justice is always duly served. Where it gets more interesting, however, is when we leave racism and instead cover gender equality. Oh boy, is this ever interesting. Simply put, I think gender equality is a well-crafted lie. It doesn’t exist in the 21st century Western world, or at least not to the extent which we want it to. Let’s be honest. No matter what the circumstance may be when some conflict arises between a man and a woman, gender prejudices are always present. Always. It’s even deeper embedded into society than are racial biases. You won’t find a conflict in which, deep down, gender prejudices are present. Even people who steer clear of such conflict deep down have their own thoughts – it’s just something inherently wired into all people, to question how the conflict would be if gender difference (or similarity) wasn’t present. Like racism, however, it doesn’t manifest itself in violent and prominent means in society. It’s a lot more subtle, but it’s also a lot more prominent. Face it, reading a phrase like “stay-at-home dad” boggles your mind more than the phrase “stay-at-home mom” does, and makes you pause just for a second before continuing. Yes, the prejudices do heavily favor males, but some women take compensation way too far. I’m talking about you, you hard-line feminists, who treat every male like they’ve done you a great injustice, when the reality is most men haven’t troubled you at all. Nothing irks me more than a woman who screams for equality, only to subject several biases and prejudices on their counterpart. Equality is something hard to define here, because man and woman are naturally different, so it’s difficult to compare and justify a standard to maintain. A trivial example may help. No one would bat an eye when a man is made to cook and clean instead of a woman, because EQUALITY, but flip the tables and a woman who needs to shovel the snow and mow the lawn while the man takes the evening off is a travesty. Interesting paradox, defining equality when gender is concerned. I’m all for it, of course, but some prejudices will always be present, and when they’re so embedded into a society, it becomes a tricky matter, one that’s always up for debate.
I’ll take up one more topic, which will probably be the most controversial: homosexuality, and marriage equality. I won’t lie – I’m a judgmental bigot when it comes to it. Sue me, but at least I’m honest about it. I won’t talk about my views, because I know they’re unfairly harsh and narrow-minded. I will say, however, that people like me are unfortunately a silent majority, and that for all the work the LGBT community is doing to achieve equality, there will always be hate and judgment. I think racism and gender discrimination may be able to one day be eradicated with a lot of hard work, but homophobia sadly will not see the same result. When you consider man as an animal and observe its most primal habits, sex is one of the things that defines the organism, as all organisms are similary considered. When you have something that violates the natural order of man (it sounds terrible, but how else can I put it), there’ll always be intolerance and ignorance. And I’m a proponent of it. I’m not proud of it, but I’m honest. I don’t know how to fix the problem, or if it can be fixed – that’s for someone smarter than me. Till then, true equality in this aspect of society won’t be acheived – sounds harsh, but it’s just an observation on equality in the 21st century Western world.