20th Century Sexism

January 12, 2009 at 7:23 pm 7 comments

One of my friends on Twitter posted this link, and it made my blood boil.  It’s a sexist rejection letter from Disney studios, from 1938.  I know, I know… I shouldn’t let a 70-year-old piece of nonsense get my panties in a twist, but it did.  You wanna know what really put me over the edge?  It was written by A WOMAN!!  Wowza.  As my friend so aptly stated, yay for progress! … but I’m still irritated.  Maybe it’s the Snow White themed paper that makes me just want to punch someone.  “I’m sorry we can’t hire you, what with you being a woman and all, but here are some nice birds you can sing to.”  Ok, I think I’m fine.  Maybe.  Leave me your comments when you’re done steaming!









Entry filed under: Business and Career, Relationships, Success and Motivation.

What is YOUR word? What does it mean to be a woman who “wants it ALL?”

7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Amalthea  |  January 16, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    I think the paper is so very pretty! I can’t even imagine having to live then. In some ways it must have been easier and simpler when every woman was supposed to have two jobs: wife and mother. It’s wonderful to think how far we’ve come from that and to think that those of us who read that in shock are those who continue to pave the way for more positive changes in the future.

  • 2. Radek  |  January 28, 2009 at 5:51 am

    Don’t you think that it wasn’t discrimination of women as such? Rather discrimination of feminine values as the people who were forced to fight and die were always men. Whether they liked it or not, and not women. A man couldn’t kust say I want to stay civilian – he would have been court martialled and sentenced to firing squad. He wasn’t allowed to be put forth his feminine side

    • 3. averagegoddess  |  January 28, 2009 at 1:42 pm

      Ok, well maybe not so much with the firing squad… but I’ll give you arrested. Your point is very valid and well taken! A big HOORAH for progress on both sides of the gender aisle then!

  • 4. RavenWolf  |  March 23, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    I am a modern house wife and non-mother and love it.

    Its not about what women do, it’s about the ability to chose to do it. It is also true about men. In order to change human roles in society, one must be willing to sacrifice comfort to bring about change.

    About the post, it sucks that women were treated so. But we have to live in the now. I have a 21 year old female friend who told me she feared a female president. I nearly slapped her. But then I went to my patient place and asked her why she thought that?

    She said women are so emotional and irrational, they could blow up the world on a bad PMS day. I laughed and mentioned all the wars, violence and pain our heroic men leaders have lad us through. But I had to remember she had just gone through puberty. Fresh emotions.

    I told her as you age experience and time help you manage those emotions and we look for that in our leaders. Mature, stability, whether they be male or female.

    I don’t know if that made her think, but it made me think, what are we teaching our young women?

    • 5. averagegoddess  |  May 5, 2009 at 11:42 am

      “Its not about what women do, it’s about the ability to chose to do it. ”

      Couldn’t have said it better myself!

  • 6. Fiona  |  May 5, 2009 at 8:47 am

    It’s crazy that it hasn’t really been to long since this occured.
    How can one sex be more creative than the other?
    Women and men are differnet in some aspects, but both are equally as important and valuble.

    • 7. averagegoddess  |  May 5, 2009 at 11:41 am

      Fiona – I find it even more amazing that it came from a company we consider one of the icons of American society! And yes, it does seem like something that should be beyond current memory, doesn’t it?


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