A bit back I posted about looking for someone to work with me. As I am wont to do, I put a picture in that post. This one depicted a t-shirt with the text “Yes, master…”. The shirt is worn by a woman.
I got a comment on this:
R E S P E C T
respect for you – respect for me
this picture – it speaks for itself – is pretty sexist. knowing behind the blog is a man, and the person inside the depicted t-shirt is a wom*n.
freedaI had two reactions to this:
- Yay, someone I don’t know is actually reading my post, and is taking the time to comment!
- Am I truly being sexist and disrespectful?
My intention had been to be somewhat funny. I had in my head the “Igor” character from Frankenstein, the quintessential minion, who no matter how absurd the requests of his employer, doctor Frankenstein, his response is “Yes, master…”
As this would be the absolute opposite of what I would ever want in someone to work with, it had a nice sense of irony in it for me.
Of course I didn’t articulate that in any way, so without knowing me (or even with knowing me) that might be hard to understand.
But, at least for me, the fact that it was a woman wearing the shirt had nothing to do with me posting it (it was the first such picture I found).
My intention was not to be disrespectful to women (though perhaps the same can’t be said towards employees, but I hope the irony saves me there). Yet someone took offense to it…
I would like to finish with expressing my respect for the person who wrote the comment, for standing up for what she believes in. And I hope I get some respect back even though I don’t fully agree.