LYL Blog challenge Day 2: What makes me angry
What makes me angry about the world?
This is an interesting one. I don’t want to be angry, but I do get angry or frustrated sometimes when others are taken advantage of.
I get mad when people aren’t treated fairly, or when it seems that the system is so heavily in favor of one group above the others.
Sometimes I don’t know what to do with these feelings. I know that in my life I don’t want to let any real or perceived barriers keep me from doing what I want to do.
One thing that frustrates me to no end is the way that academia is structured. There are so many issues with how it functions, that I don’t know if I want to even try to get into the industry. There are a lot of reasons why I don’t care to get into academia, but I’m a believer in you can’t change a system from outside of it. So that’s my dilemma.
I know that there is inequality between the genders in pretty much any industry, but I feel like in academia it hits home harder. It isn’t just that having more men in faculty positions reinforces the idea that men are smarter, but it also means that fewer women are seen as “experts” in research and science. Women as a group then have less authority.
How it makes me feel
When I think about this, I can’t breath and I get tense. I know that the odds are stacked against women in life. But do I have it in me to fight against that and make something of myself?
I think I might. I feel hopeful. I’m just going to do what I have always done, take things as they come!
I would be interested to investigate gender differences in the blogging world. Are people more likely to follow men or women? Do female bloggers have a largely female readership? How many bloggers at the top are women?
Eventually, I start to feel sadness instead of anger. You can’t fight these battles every minute of every day, so you have to set it down while you do other things.