Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Personal Side of Bias, Prejudice, and Oppression

1.) What memory do you have of an incident when you experienced bias, prejudice, and/or oppression, or witnessed someone else as the target of bias, prejudice, and/or oppression? Keep in mind that one can encounter such incidents in real contexts, including online environments, as well as in fictional ones, such as movies, books, television shows, and the like.

I think we have all been a victim of experiencing bias/prejudice at least once in our lifetime! I have been the victim and I have been the one to judge. A memory I have of an incident where I personally experienced bias/prejudice was when an ex of mine told me that I couldn't drive because I was a woman! Another example would be:
In America, women were not allowed to vote until the early part of the 20th century.


2.) In what way(s) did the specific bias, prejudice and/or oppression in that incident diminish equity?

This specific bias/prejudiced in that incident diminished equality because it took away from my self esteem and put a label on all women and their ability to not be able to drive due to their sex. The example of women not being allowed to vote takes away from women's freedom.

3.) What feelings did this incident bring up for you?

This incident brought up feelings of sadness, confusion, and betrayal for me.

 4.) What and/or who would have to change in order to turn this incident into an opportunity for greater equity?

In order to turn this incident into an opportunity for greater equity the best thing to do is to just prove people wrong. There are a lot of women drivers who are good at driving. Men should think more positively about women!



  1. Stacy,
    You are very fortunate to have experienced prejudice at a minimal. To support you, have you seen the Allstate commercial where the wife shows her husband a “good driver” check? The wife was awarded the check. Women can be great drivers. We don’t mind asking for directions, we can admit a wrong turn, and it is easy for us to let a man drive us. That makes a good driver to me. Not being able to vote does suppress our freedom. Voting allows our voice to be heard. I will make my voice known because I will always exercise my right to vote.

  2. Stacy,
    My husband says the same thing about me, however, I have earned it! I backed into a police car, a tree, hit a parking meter...twice in the same minute, and I could go on...but I won't! I am kind of flighty but that should not reflect of you or any other woman who is a good driver. I do, however, exercise my right to vote!
    Marie Walkow
    North Smithfield RI