I continue to live within patriarchal systems, tho’ some have tried to persuade me patriarchy is long dead.
One of the effects of patriarchy that i live with on a regular basis is the condescension of men who are convinced of my complete insignificance and of their absolute rightness — even in the face of evidence to the contrary. An example:
Me: It sure is lovely outside.
Your average middle-aged middle class white dude: Yes, the forecast said it should get up as high as 57F today!
Me: Oh, it’s much warmer than that already. The thermometer i keep on my purse said it was almost 70F when i was out at lunch.
Yamamcwd: Oh, i don’t believe that! I was out just 45 minutes ago and i was so cold i still felt chilly inside my winter jacket.
Me: All i’m saying is the thermometer i keep on my purse said it was over 65F right before i walked in the building from lunch.
Because, yes yes, his ability to gauge the ambient temperature with his human skin is far more accurate than a device regularly used for the purpose by scientists and laypeople alike.
On the other hand, occasionally i am pleasantly surprised. I bought a ridiculously swanky microphone today. As i made my way to the counter, i braced for some comment from the clerk along the lines of, “Oh, buying a gift for you boyfriend, eh?” I was genuinely startled when another employee said as he walked past me, “That is a great microphone. Really, really excellent! Good choice!”
Granted, i was at the University Bookstore and not your random-ass Radio Shack. Still. The years upon years upon decades where i’ve been treated like an incompetent, bumbling fool every time i try to buy something even remotely techy — and, yes, the dudebros at Radio Shack have always been the worst offenders in this regard — have given me ingrained reflexes.
So thank you, middle aged guy working in the University Bookstore tech department, for being better than the average i’ve come to expect.
In other news: I have apparently bought a ridiculously swanky microphone! What should i record with it? Aside from pronunciations for Wordnik? If you could hear me read something to you, what would it be?