I’ve just returned from an action packed 30 minutes of chaos watching my younger granddaughter (Zac’s girlfriend’s daughter, Layla, whom I claim) at her Karate class. She does great and while I’d like to tell her what I think about her only doing 5 jumping jacks instead of the prescribed 10, I guess I’ll let the instructor worry about such things.
It seems the instructor is a fill in for the regular guy who’s wife just had a baby this morning. They named her Violet which makes 3 Violet’s that I now know of. Pretty cool. I’d guess the instructor is in his early 20’s but I’m bad at this stuff. He’s a black belt and did an amazing job with, I’m guessing, around 20 or so 6-8 year old kids. One little boy had his first class today and seemed to have some focus issues and I was impressed how supportive the instructor AND fellow classmates were to him. Overall, I’d give the whole thing an A.
However, one little snippet caught my attention and made me chuckle a bit. They had a 3-4 minute “mat time” where the instructor brought up Fear and how to combat it using mental skills they were learning at Karate. Cool. You go dude. While telling a story that he was afraid of snakes and using an example of; if a fellow black belt helping out in class was holding a snake, should he go running away screaming like a girl.
Uhhhhhhh, what now?
Now, the young man didn’t mean anything by saying this. I imagine he didn’t even know he said it. I looked at the little girls in his class and wondered if they’d even recognized that he just called them out for being “girls” and therefore more likely to scream? It’s just a saying. We won’t jump too far down his throat. But I may send a friendly email to the place and let them know that, while YES, girls scream. Maybe here are more appropriate comparisons:
That one actually gives me chills.
I have to believe that there’s been some kind of Nike or Under Armour campaign that has fancier computer skills than me and will string along 30 seconds of badass women doing their thang and screaming as they kick all the ass. Maybe Hylete too but they can suck a bag of dicks, in fact, they probably already have.
I googled as much as I’m capable of; however; and didn’t find the commercial that I believe HAS to exist. Usually when I “scream like a girl” it’s at the release of a weight (28#, 21#, or 14#. Take your pick.) Karyn Dallimore screams like a girl for about, oh I dunno, eight or nine events on any given Highland Games day. Heh. Also, if that’s “Screaming like a girl” I’d say plenty of men do it too in various sports.
Again, I understand this young man meant nothing derogatory towards the young girls in his class. Nontheless, it happened. He raised up the young boys over the girls by insinuating that they were supposedly braver than their fellow female classmates. Didn’t mean to. But did anyway. (People who grow up as slight assholes or all out pieces of shit and say, “Well I didn’t mean to” may also suck a bag of dicks. Your intentions mean fuckall when your actions destroy someone else’s well being.) Gawds, I love an excuse to say “fuckall.”
What if the young instructor was talking about being scared and said he screamed like a nigger. Would that have received attention? Um, ya. Most likely. Or how about, “Screamed like a fag.” That? Yup. But “screamed like a girl?” Nope. Nothing to see here, move along.
But should we?
This is a phenomenal blog post about implicit bias! Will use it in a class.