Last year I was jobless and desperate. I was so desperate I was ready to go into....
I figured I knew music better than average folk, and so when I walked by the local music shop and noticed it was hiring I walked in to ask for an application.
Do you know what I was told?
I asked why. (apparently pending humiliation does not act as a strong deterrent.)
We don't hire girls.
I asked why again. (I have no shame)
The hours are long.
Sir, I currently work 12 hour night shifts. I can work. (No I do not know WHY I remained there.)
The shifts are dangerous.
I am hardly someone people mess with. *insert angry eyes*
We have a policy to only hire men.
So me and my curvalilciousness marched right outta there.
I vowed to never ever buy anything from there ever again. No matter how great of a deal it was.
But I failed.
The Fi took me on a date on Saturday and before the movie we ravaged this shop like never before. The sale... was astonishing. R10 per CD. That's $1. Per.CD. *sigh* and they weren't terrible CDs. We scored. And I gloated. In front of the the very man who told me last year I couldn't work there. I have no problem helping him lose money. Surely after this sale, the products that don't sell will be put back on the rack for R180. That's R170 you lose dumb Afrikaans chauvinist. Suck on that!
With great thanks to the Fi, I realised my own hypocrisy. I worked as a cocktail waitress previous to this conversation. I was hired on the spot as most waitresses are and I happened to be one of the longest working female waitresses there. For good reason. But I digress.
I overheard one of my managers turn down a girl because she wasn't pretty enough. What kind of discrimination is that? It's crap and I knew it. At that moment I should have quit. I should have waltzed right outta there. But I didn't.
So as I complain that I was born the wrong gender, I myself removed the rights of the other girl by staying there. By enabling those men to pick and choose and even getting an ego trip out, I became no better than the company who refused to hire women.
So while the man sucks on my wicked deal, I gotta suck on my own inadequacies.
Even I contribute to the discrimination in society.