CULTURE, GENDER POLITICS

Construction Of New Stereotypes

By Joy Niemack

I catch the train to work every morning and on my way to the station they are developing a new block of flats. This would be all good except with construction comes construction workers.

Before I begin my tirade, you have to understand I am usually a friendly person and greet almost everyone along the road and I also really and truly hate confrontation.

It’s when the construction work began and the construction workers made their way onto the street that the problems began. The lascivious comments, stares and the like really frustrated me so much that I even considered finding a different route to work, but my mental conversation persuaded me to continue using that stretch of road.

They don’t own it. They have no right to talk to me that way. I also convinced myself that the next time they decided to make such lewd comments that I would tell them off. I don’t know what I’d say as I haven’t quite reached that step of bravery, but I have gotten to ignoring them.

Why do I have problems with this? I know a little bit about stereotypes and I’m all for breaking them. It frustrates me that these men (I have not seen any women on site, which is also a shame but I will leave that for another tirade) are reinforcing the stereotypes of constructions workers, when I know that they are not all like that. They are also just continuing this stereotype for movies and other media to continue portraying.

I have problems with being called babe, honey, doll etc. ‘Good morning’ is fine. Leave the endearments for your wives.

On the note of wives, I wonder if some men’s wives and partners know what they say to other women. Would they say such things in front of them? If not, then they clearly know it’s wrong so stop.

I have a problem with people disrespecting females. And I am frustrated with myself for not being able to say anything. I am ignoring it, but ignoring it won’t make the problem go away. By not saying anything I feel like I am condoning it, which I am not.

Has anyone else had this type of problem and how did you deal with it?

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3 thoughts on “Construction Of New Stereotypes”

  1. i dont get it often, but mostly from fat, aged, balding men. (i have yet to be whistled to by a girl…. oh wait, nevermind.)
    i remember walking to the shops, and some fat white blob or a sweat-mongrel, tjooned me ‘hey bokkie’. without missing a step i said ‘i’m not your fucking bokkie’.
    in hindsight, i would have liked to play along, get his name, and make sure his wife knows what a douche he is. and report him to his boss.
    i tend to throw the bird. or just ignore them. but i bet you, if you actually walk up to them, and ask them wtf you can do for them, they would be so dumbfounded, that they would do nothing constructive. moreso, get hold of the company they work for, and let them know, that if they dont teacht their workers some manners (and have them do work, as opposed to standing around passing comment) you will go to the press, and report the company, since you dont know the individual’s name.
    simply dont take kak.

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  2. Do what Miranda in Sex and the City did:

    Miranda: [to a heckling construction worker] You got what I want? You got what I need? What I WANT… is to GET LAID. What I NEED… is to GET LAID. I NEED to GET LAID.

    But seriously, I don’t understand the title of this post? Why do we want to construct new stereotypes?

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