This Is Why We Need Feminism.
When you have a troublesome early pregnancy that makes it impossible for you to stand in front of a classroom, and your male adviser suggests you just “take care of” your condition because it’s still early and “grad school should be your main priority.”
When you are 8 months pregnant and unable…
While I wish that it would, I don’t know for certain that feminism solves or even addresses any of these problems. To wit: I have seen plenty of female supervisors grow impatient with the pregnancies of female colleagues—particularly underlings. Worse, they have no understanding or sympathy with young mothers who need to pick up sick kids early at daycare or miss time while they’re home sick. How does feminism help with any of this—the driven female supervisor, who has to meet metrics and show results the same as any man, and the young mother torn between her child and her career? In general, I think feminism is fairly hostile to all but a narrow range of women’s reproductive choices. Is feminism Victorian pleading for the weaker sex, or modernist claims that the sexes are equal and should be treated equally?
That’s bullshit. Of course it’s a feminist issue, I don’t know what you mean. It has to do with women’s issues, therefore it is a feminist issue.
First off, pregnancy is a medical condition, not an agenda or a soapbox.
This male adviser told a pregnant graduate student to her face she should consider an abortion so she could concentrate on graduate school. I don’t think there is even a male counterpoint to this argument. The equivalent would be, “you should consider dumping the girl you knocked up to concentrate on graduate school.” Regardless, that is not the supervisor’s business. It was uncalled-for harassment, and it would have been harassment if a woman supervisor had said that to her.
I agree that there is certainly impatience with mothers on both sexes’ accounts, and that’s an ignorance factor. But the reality is, women are the ones expected to “deal with it.” They are in a much more vulnerable position - missing too much work to deal with a sick child or pregnancy can lead to job termination, academic suffering, etc. if they have no tenure or job security. Single mothers are especially in a tenuous position.
If you think feminism is hostile to “all but a narrow range of women’s reproductive choices,” you are a blithering idiot. These issues potentially affect all of us. Even those of us without children can see that this intimidation is wrong. It is a problem. It is unique to women.
Jesus fucking christ.