I sometimes forget that many of my classmates are probably sexist dudebros. The following is a transcript from my French class today:
Teacher: What does it mean if I say I will eat at chez Amanda?
Sexist: Wouldn’t happen.
Teacher: What? Why?
Sexist: ‘Cause a woman can’t be a chef.
Me and some other people: That’s super sexist.
Sexist: Come on guys, it’s a joke.
Me: Sexism isn’t funny.
Sexist: Come on dude* it was a joke.
Professor: That is a sexist statement since women have historically been viewed as less capable in the profession as men, just as it would be sexist to say a woman couldn’t be a firefighter.
Sexist: Well if I’m in a burning building I don’t want a woman who can’t lift logs off of my trapped legs trying to rescue me.
Other student: That’s super sexist, I know women who are firefighters who could break you in half.
Army vet who served in Afghanistan: There are women in the infantry now, you know.
Sexist: And I disagree with that too, they aren’t strong enough to do the job.
Professor: So if I say chez Amanda (…..)
As I’m leaving class I overhear sexist explaining to the army vet why women shouldn’t be infantry and the army vet patiently trying to explain reality to him, ending with
Sexist: I’m not a sexist, I’m a realist.
And much French was learned by all…….
*don’t call me dude. don’t call me bro. it isn’t fucking rocket science.