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    Default Sexist? Or not?

    My poor dad got into trouble after telling me and some single mum friends of mine, that women (single ones especially) should have a proper set of (power)tools at home so they can do some simple maintenance and repairing without having to call upon a man to do it for them.
    One of my friends told him that that was a very sexist thing to say

    I, on the other hand, agree. I have never had the need for men to fix something simple for me. I love DIY projects too. I can even do some standard maintenance on my own car, if my back allows me to.
    I don't think my father was sexist. If anything, he was being feminist when believing women should be able to do some things for themselves, like changing a tyre, drill holes and hang up paintings,oiling a squeaky door, etc.

    So what do you think? Was his statement sexist?

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    I don't think it was sexist at all. I actually agree with his statement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FemmeFatale View Post
    I don't think it was sexist at all. I actually agree with his statement.
    Same. When I was living alone my dad brought me a tool kit. He happily fixed anything for me but thought it was sensible to have one and know how to do basic maintenance myself. He was right!

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    sexist would be to say that "Women can't use power tools and need a man to do it".

    I reckon your dad was not being sexist at all...more...equal opportunity!

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    I'm not sure how she took that as being sexist. I agree with your dad entirely.
    How odd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Misschief View Post
    so they can do some simple maintenance and repairing without having to call upon a man to do it for them.
    This bit got me i think it would of been better to say "call upon a repair person to do it for them". We teach our children to say person not man (or woman) unless that specific job requires a penis or vagina. It's about stereotyping jobs and activities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thermolicious View Post
    This bit got me i think it would of been better to say "call upon a repair person to do it for them". We teach our children to say person not man (or woman) unless that specific job requires a penis or vagina. It's about stereotyping jobs and activities.
    Yeah, but he's old, and in "his day" it was percieved that men do these jobs...I think he is all for wanting women to stand on their own two feet, yay! Not sexist at all.
    It makes me gag when someone will nitpick at a statement, pulling it apart into tiny threads, without looking at the overall message or social context. Very limited and defensive view of thinking.

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    Not sexist at all. Your friend needs to look up the definition of the word.

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    I don't think it's sexist in the slightest. I think he was actually being the REVERSE of sexist! He was saying that a woman can do jobs that men can do... Isn't that looking at things with equality?

    Sure, it might have come out sounding a little dated (he could have said repair-person... Although how many handyWOMEN are there? Really? Lol) but I don't think what he said was sexist at all.

    I think your dad's obviously a smart man .

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    Not sexist at all.


 

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