Gender Blindness

While race blindness is becoming so taboo that it is almost a cliche (at least in my mind), gender blindness does not seem to share this social understanding. Is there a difference? Why or why not? Do you think we should strive to be aware rather than blind in these and other areas, or are there times when it is better to homogenize (I really do welcome dialogue on this horribly loaded question!)?

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2 thoughts on “Gender Blindness

  1. Diana says:

    I think we have to be aware rather than blind, but I think there are so many layers including an invisible fog that surrounds us in out interactions with each other. Violence against women is a fact of life and yet for the most part we behave as though it’s an aberration. Racism is a fact of life as well. Just look at the differences in sentencing between the races in the criminal justice system. When people refer to race they look at slavery or the civil rights era, but they are not aware of all the violence that was committed – not “just” lynchings but the burning of black towns, the everyday threat of violence a person of color had to and to some extent still has to live with, the economic disparity over years of unequal pay, last hired, first fired for women and other minorities. This is still very much with us. When a member of a minority group speaks with the point of view of the WASP minority in power, this is not a gain for the racial and sexual minority. It’s another way to hide racism and sexism, not to deal with it.

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