Mollie Hemingway (h/t Allahpundit) compares some of the first-world problems faced by women in America to some other problems women face around the world.
Among the first-world problems include gendered children’s toys. See McDonald’s Gave Me the “Girl’s Toy” With My Happy Meal. So I Went to the CEO:
In the fall of 2008, when I was 11 years old, I wrote to the CEO of McDonald’s and asked him to change the way his stores sold Happy Meals. I expressed my frustration that McDonald’s always asked if my family preferred a “girl toy” or a “boy toy” when we ordered a Happy Meal at the drive-through. My letter asked if it would be legal for McDonald’s “to ask at a job interview whether someone wanted a man’s job or a woman’s job?”
Amanda Marcotte reminds us that getting asked to prom = sexual harassment:
http://t.co/1YWyA0vZJR I really wish people would stop acting like it’s cute when teenage boys sexually harass older women.
— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) April 21, 2014
Who can forget the movement to ban the word “bossy”? That was, of course, covered beautifully by our own Dana here. (See? By using the term “our own Dana” I am perpetuating the notion that men own women and their ideas!)
So there are some of your first-world problems. Some of the not-so-first world problems pointed out by Hemingway?
- 234 girls kidnapped from Nigerian schools last week by Islamist extremists. They don’t belong in school, according to the kidnappers, you see. Because of how they’re female.
A conservative Daily Show (if such a thing existed, and it should) would send a correspondent to one of these latter places, where folks are committing honor killings and kidnappings, and ask them about, say, the gendered Happy Meal toys. “Yes, I know, girls are getting kidnapped from schools. You already said that. But I’m trying to ask about these Happy Meal toys . . .”
Free tip, guys.