Like a lot of offices I've worked in, my current workplace is riddled with angry, aging feminists who loathe men and constantly feel the need to belittle and insult them. For a few weeks now it has been tying my stomach in knots and I've been wondering why.
The insults aren't particularly clever zingers or any of that, it's usually bromides along the lines of "Men are lazy! Har har har!" So my reaction was a bit of a mystery until today when a coworker asked me when our learning module on diversity was due. (We have little learning modules between bouts of real work; in a learning module you watch a video on your screen about sexual harassment or various legal matters.) I thought back to the parts of the module that recommend that you report cases of sexual discrimination, hostile work environment, etc.
Of course, it goes without saying that the rules would never be used to protect a man or punish a woman. All of the examples the learning module uses have the white males as villains, and everyone else as victims and heroes. They give away their bigotry right there, but of course you have the nominal right to fight discrimination regardless of who you are.
The smaller part of what bothers me is that they are so shameless in lying. I don't know if I should snicker or scowl or smile placidly when I am hearing my affirmative action loving employer go on about "equal opportunity". I wish I could laugh but it is just nauseating. I suppose this is because I know that, if I were a different person, I could and would stand up to the bigotry, talk in Jared-Taylor-steady voice about how I feel like the company needs to abandon AA and start treating whites and males decently, etc. I refrain partly because I need the job, and partly because I emphatically do not have a Jared-Taylor-steady voice.
So I suppose the larger part of what bothers me is the knowledge that I am not technically helpless in this situation, I am just functionally helpless. White males who complain are always isolated and mocked, often interrupted, threatened, misquoted, and accused of having violent intentions. Dealing with this effectively is really, truly beyond my abilities. Something about that realization feels like I have just downed a large glass of milk only to realize it has gone bad right after swallowing the last drop.
I know that the mockery and the humiliation is not an accident on the part of the left - they humiliate productive people first by design, and later out of habit. I simply don't have the superhuman poise that is required to nod and smile when I see a huge, megarich corporation engaging in this sort of bigotry. Adults aren't supposed to think that males are made of puppy dogs' tails.