Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Why Jedi is the One for Me

Jedi is awesome. You may have discerned this by now.  Let me share another story about why he's awesome.

He stops by my office yesterday with a troubled look on his face.

"What's up?" I said.

"Something happened and I'm wondering if it's another area in which I've been blind to male privilege."

[be still my beating heart]

"What happened?"

"Well, I was crossing the street, and there was a woman there waiting for the cars to stop so she could cross.  I didn't wait, I just started crossing, knowing that the cars would stop for me."

He gave me a very worried look. "Do you think I assumed that because of my gender? That they would stop for me because I'm a man, but that they wouldn't stop for her because she's a woman?"

I laughed.  "No, I think you assumed that because you're a resident of this tiny town and walking out in front of moving cars with the assumption they'll stop is what everyone does."

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Can I just say how much I love him for the fact that he considers these types of issues very seriously? He is the best.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dude, you deserve extra points for turning a "I'm not intentionally sexist but I do things because I don't think" guy into a "Let me stop and think about privilege!" guy. That is so awesome.

Okay, Jedi gets some points for actually making the effort, but good on you, too. :)