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An Example of Sexist-Classism Brought To You by A Member of the Privileged Sect

October 12, 2008
Have you ever sat in on one of those corporate sensitivity training sessions that show stupid videos where people act out situations that would never occur in an environment where people who are actually progressive (actually being the key word) would act? Well, here is one of those scenarios. It makes for a perfect video submission. This is a screed from a professor. Can you believe it, a professor? You know those people who are occupying seats in our universities, our intellectual leaders. I am so glad I know a few professors who would never say such bile and think it amusing.

Dear female resident of the Methamphetamine Mile Mobile Homes:

(I refuse to call you a mother. You are a Hambeast from Hell with all the parenting skills of a retarded wombat with central nervous system damage. I have no doubt your genetic material is a culde-sac of evolution.)

There is no reason on God’s wide, green Earth to let a fucking four-year-old drink Red Bull. Period.

There is also no reason for a four-year-old to be in pull-ups (i.e., not potty trained) at four, either.

Letting your feral child — who would clearly be better off being raised by wolves or other more civilized creatures — pick out his own energy drink and a two-pound bag of Doritos does not constitute “feedin’ him a good lunch.”

Just in case you were wondering why everyuone [“everyone” (or perhaps it is an ever so clever play on the dialect of the poor)] in the WaWa was giving you the stink eye. This is also why the clerk was asking you to control your child, who was rampaging through the aisles, pulling things off of shelves and screeching like a sonic teakettle.

If only I could have whacked her on the snout with a rolled-up newspaper, or something.

Rather puts in perspective exactly how some of the very people who we rely on to provide our children (and at times ourselves) with an education, a liberal education, actually view certain classes beneath them. See, “methamphetamine and “mobile homes” are code words to imply white trash, white trailer trash. Being The Perfect Professor, he/she is hipped to not talking about other than white mothers, because it would not be funny. And I don’t mean that as snark, of course it would not be funny. DUH! Therefore, that just leaves the white trailer trash mother available for ridicule by freely using sexist and classist insults. The Perfect Professor gets to be sexist and classist without losing points.

This is the way classism works; it relies on sexism and misogyny and of course racism when the target of ridicule is not white. If classism is employed white-on-white, you can best believe racism is lurking under the surface somewhere. There is no way someone can convince me that if a privileged white person abuses someone in/of their own race that they would not abuse or exploit someone who is systematically set up at a disadvantage. Sorry, I’m not buying it. That is exactly why The Left can pretend they are progressive until the cows come home, until they stop doing shit like the above example, they are just as guilty as the blatant bigots (The Right) who don’t try to encode their isms (or at the very least the stereotypical version of The Right or The Right we have come to predict before this current election). Not implying any knowledge of if The Perfect Professor is of The Left or The Right, simply comparing how people (or groups of people) who need to elevate themselves above others use opportunistic hypocrisy rich in sexism, classism and racism. And if The Perfect Professor were other than white (being part of The Left or The Right or anywhere in-between) and employing such tactics, I would have to say it looks like someone sucked down western white middle class ideology and kindly asked for some more please.

Still not with me? Let me show you the classism/sexism in The Perfect Professor’s snark.
(I refuse to call you a mother. You are a Hambeast from Hell with all the parenting skills of a retarded wombat with central nervous system damage. I have no doubt your genetic material is a culde-sac of evolution.)
According to The Perfect Professor, this woman is not worthy of the title mother. Mother is already a heavily loaded term. Yet The Perfect Professor has decided to define it so it can work against some poor woman. If “mother” has value, The Perfect Professor has decided to be judge and jury and decide who is entitled to that value, and this Hambeast will not be getting that privilege!
What is a Hambeast? Was the poor trailer trash woman fat? Here is a picture of what is floating around the internet labeled as a Hambeast. Not very flattering. Or is Hambeast an allusion to something only the privileged are privy to in order to talk over the heads of anyone who would be insulted by such offensive rants. If the Hambeast from Hell is fat, is one to infer judging by The Perfect Professor’s disdain, that she is an awful and irresponsible person for eating fatty foods. She is a fat lazy cow who cannot get off her fat ass to the Whole Foods Market to pick up the latest flax seed and dandelion mixture the way one can easily infer The Perfect Professor does? Yet the Hambeast (the female white trash) and the The Perfect Professor are shopping in the same joint when this observation, more like opportunity to find fault in the less fortunate, takes place. What is that saying? Perhaps The Perfect Professor should advocate for separate facilities for the different classes.
Then The Perfect Professor goes on to insult the woman’s genetic material after comparing her parenting skills to a retarded wombat with central nervous system damage. Which if either were true, it would defeat the whole premise of The Perfect Professor’s rant, because if the woman’s genetic material were actually a culde-sac of evolution or she had central nervous system damage, could she possibly be held responsible for her parenting skills or lack of? Of course if that were the case it would be an opportunity for The Perfect Professor to call in the authorities, because calling in the authorities is always compassionate and helpful and under no circumstances scream bourgeois-fascism at all.
There is no reason on God’s wide, green Earth to let a fucking four-year-old drink Red Bull. Period.
Besides the problematic assumption that there is a God (and also the existence of Hell, remember the Hambeast is not just a Hambeast but a Hambeast from Hell), The Perfect Professor is claiming omniscience. He/she already knows every possible reason on earth why a four-year-old may be drinking a Red Bull and has concluded that none of those reasons would be justifiable. The Perfect Professor knows everything. I would probably not give my children Red Bull and I would hope most people would not either. However, I think I would try hard, real hard to understand what exactly is going on, what dynamic is at play when a mother (my word, The Perfect Professor would not use such a word on a Hambeast from Hell) is seen with a child sipping a Red Bull.
There is also no reason for a four-year-old to be in pull-ups (i.e., not potty trained) at four, either.

No reason what so God DAMN FUCKING EVER! Again, The Perfect Professor knows all the particulars of this woman’s situation (a mere stranger) and can easily conclude that there is no reason for a four-year-old (I am wondering did The Perfect Professor check the child’s birth certificate, or does his or her omniscience provide this information too) to still be in diapers. Unlike The Perfect Professor’s children of course. His/her children were out of diapers five months after birth. He/she has got to be the parents of the year. How else would he/she know a thing about potty training and demand the same from others? No, he/she had no help at all. He/she moved the world and taught little Michael/Hannah to shit in the toilet all by her/himself all the while he/she was making healthy meals, wiping the child’s nose, and teaching them how to judge poorer women in WaWa.
Then there is the dehumanising element The Perfect Professor flings with abandon. The mother is a Hambeast, she has the parenting skills of a wombat and wolves would make a better parent. The child is feral with a snout, a snout The Perfect Professor has no qualms admitting he/she would like to violently whack. Also, note dehumanising going on when the imagery of said attack invokes a picture of whacking a misbehaving puppy.
This is how the less fortunate are viewed by many in the middle class, evident by the justification and support for The Perfect Professor’s screed. When I pointed out to The Perfect Professor the sexism in his/her rant, as in where is the father? I was dismissed because since the mother was the one present, the mother is the one at fault. In other words, all the healthy eating habits, nutritional groceries, discipline, and moral guidance the guiltless father has provided was simply thrown out the window the minute the Hambeast and the feral child was out of earshot of the father. Of course he provided those things. If he didn’t then why wouldn’t he be talked about as well.
From the details The Perfect Professor provides, I would first think that the woman and child is caught up in a vicious cycle. Perhaps living in poverty for years has trigger depression, apathy, and a desire for immediate gratification. Maybe letting the child grab Doritos will alleviate a little stress the mother has been feeling due to her circumstance. If so, then so be it. It happens. Do we know if this is a daily occurrence? Did The Perfect Professor offer to buy the child a healthy lunch? Did The Perfect Professor offer to babysit the child in order to give the mother a break? Did The Perfect Professor offer any good community programs that offer free (or affordable) child care (in addition to the care the mother will need if she is working) so the mother could have some time to reflect. Did The Perfect Professor attempt to see this woman and child as human beings or did the The Perfect Professor simply conclude these two people are not even worth compassion just contempt and ridicule.

In my opinion, The Perfect Professor decided to pile on, pile on the less fortunate to make her/himself feel superior. As if that is something we have not seen done before. As if giving the woman the “stink eye” will motivate her to go home and change everything, instantly. Yeah, that will do it every time. People love to get approval from the ones who hate them.

22 Comments
  1. Chris permalink
    October 12, 2008 2:51 pm

    I have to admit that you broke this down into elements I wouldn’t have considered, but you did make me think about things different than I normally would.

    That being said, while his line “I have no doubt your genetic material is a cul-de-sac of evolution.” was mean spirited in this context, I think the line itself is one of the best “one card short of a deck” type lines I’ve heard.

  2. Professor Zero permalink
    October 12, 2008 8:39 pm

    Is this professor a man?

  3. The Fabulous Kitty Glendower permalink
    October 12, 2008 8:58 pm

    At first I thought he/she was a man. But now, I think he/she is a woman. A middle class white woman. One that relies on insulting other women’s parenting in order to feel like she is super woman. She has scrubbed her site of my existence instead of answering to way she has judged the less priviledged.

  4. Beaker permalink
    October 13, 2008 3:08 am

    Cranky Prof is a woman… there’s numerous posts about her children in her blog… the fact that you don’t know this means you don’t read her blog. She often posts over the top complaints about stupid people behavior. Read more of her blog before you judge her.

    Oh and she most definitely did NOT erase your existence from her site, since that’s how I got here.

  5. Joeymom permalink
    October 13, 2008 3:25 am

    I’m not following the logic of how the father could be responsible for the mother (is she the mother? Perhaps we should just say “adult”) giving a child an inappropriate beverage when she is the present adult, and he is not. Are you assuming there are absolutely no other available beverages, and that he supplied this one sole beverage before his absence? Are we assuming there is no water available in the home? Or that some sensory or other condition prevents the child from drinking any beverage other than Red Bull?

  6. The Fabulous Kitty Glendower permalink
    October 13, 2008 3:43 am

    beaker, save your breath. She erased two comments I left before I wrote this post. I don’t need to read all of her blog to know what she said about a complete stranger was sexist and classist. So as I said save your breath. You all (classist and sexist apologists) can stick together and defend a person who is obviously privileged, yet care nothing about beating up on someone who is obviously less fortunate. She is a horrible dreadful sexist and classist and I told her so by revealing her own horrible use of sexist and classist language on someone who never did a fucking thing to her other than exist in her presence. Not buying your justification. The voice of the poor has been silence far too long. Enough.

    joeymom, who in the fuck do you or The Perfect Professor think you are. It is not your child. GET THAT! You don’t get to decide what the child drinks. The Perfect Professor has the gall to not even allow this woman the title of mother, yet the man who fathered the child gets off scot-free? I already made my case. If there was a responsible father in the picture contributing to the upbringing of the child, the child would more than likeley not go for a Red Bull. DUH! I’ve known women like you my whole life. Women like you and The Perfect Professor insult other women in order to make yourself look superior. I mean, Good God DAMN, look at the name you choose to go by, Joeymom. What, you cannot exist without being attached to a mother label. Yeah whatever.

  7. The Fabulous Kitty Glendower permalink
    October 13, 2008 3:50 am

    beaker perhaps you need to start eating your words:

    Oh and she most definitely did NOT erase your existence from her site, since that’s how I got here.

    She erased my last comment along with the first two, and replaced my last comment with her words. Learn how to read before you say something stupid. We don’t want to class you up with the stupid professor and that stupid Hambeast, now do we?

  8. the pawnbroker permalink
    October 13, 2008 3:51 am

    “Lave my nethers, neglecting not the ‘taint, you effete, snobbish, socialist, class-war-mongering whore.”
    …crankyprof

    is that not beautiful? i will let you guess the unfortunate target.

    would that more than a mere 5% of professorships were seated by those with such inventive erudition and correct persuasion…

  9. The Fabulous Kitty Glendower permalink
    October 13, 2008 4:40 am

    Yeah, nothing is more beautiful to a man like you, than a woman willing to do your work. She calls them whores and you can keep your hands clean. Right.

  10. HollyB permalink
    October 13, 2008 1:34 pm

    Fab Kitty,
    was it YOUR child? Are YOU a parent? If the answer to either is “no,” WHY are you so concerned? If the answer to BOTH is “no” how could you possibly know about good parenting skills.

    You may have what you consider an “understanding” of good parenting skills, but until you have actually Practiced those skill, you hve NO idea what it takes to be a good parent.

    As the Mother of two adult, function children, I believe I have standing to know what is and isn’t a good parent and what is and ISN’T acceptable public behavior in a child.

    Further, how DARE you impose your politically correct clap trap on ANYONE else? Isn’t that discriminatory itself? Criticizing someone educated; with a facile and fascinating grasp and utilization of the English language smack of Classism all on it’s own.
    Also your less than polite references to her are NOT conducive to a persuasive arguement.
    Taking offense at language and attitudes that are within the user’s personal right indicates that you have just been eaten up with PC until it is UN-PC.

  11. The Fabulous Kitty Glendower permalink
    October 13, 2008 2:06 pm

    Holly, thank you for proving how desperate the privilege class needs to silence opposition. It is motivating.

    Oh yes, I dare. We down here have voices.

  12. HollyB permalink
    October 13, 2008 2:22 pm

    Kitty, don’t lay that bell hooks “backpack of privledge” bull on ME!
    Raised poor, poor student who EARNED my status, which is definitely NOT priveledged!

  13. The Fabulous Kitty Glendower permalink
    October 13, 2008 3:39 pm

    Ah Holly, getting a little defensive or we? What colour is your skin? What race do you sound like on the telephone? What race would be assumed by your name (if it is indeed Holly I can answer that)? I can see why you would not want to look into a “backpack of privilege” because by doing so, you could no longer feel so sanctimonious and justified in criticising the less fortunate (you know, the Hambeast from Hell). Pull yourself up by your bootstraps did you? LOL! bell hooks must scare the hell out of you.

    And to think the Left has been cannibalising its own members when there are plump and juicy victims on the right just waiting to be read.

  14. the pawnbroker permalink
    October 13, 2008 6:01 pm

    “She calls them whores and you can keep your hands clean. Right.”

    no, he’s a whore of course and i’m always glad to say so…but a cranky lit prof does it oh so much more poetically.

  15. The Fabulous Kitty Glendower permalink
    October 13, 2008 8:01 pm

    pawnbroker, you promote and admire the use of whore, therefore you are part of the problem. I understand you have little to do, now that you have exploited from the poor with your various pawnshops, and no doubt asked for sex in exchange for a few dollars here and there, but this is not an opportunity for you to freely express how much you admire an openly sexist, classist, and no doubt racist professor who is poisoning our children. Got it. I’m sure you can find someone in Winter Park, FL who will tolerate your shit, let’s just hope it is a man because I would not curse you on no woman, even the classist, sexist, racist perfect professor who cannot find the slightest bit of humanity in a stranger she happens to cross paths with in a WaWa.

  16. Vitriolic Virchow permalink
    October 14, 2008 1:40 am

    Speaking as a proud Black man, how DARE you speak for me! There are decent folks, and then there’s trash. Trash comes in all colors, and speaks all languages. It likes the language of victimization the best. I don’t put up with that from my children, why should I have to put up with it from yours?

  17. Joeymom permalink
    October 14, 2008 1:44 am

    Hmmm, last I looked, I’m me. I’m also a concerned citizen and mother. I didn’t decide what the child drinks. But I fail to see how any adult other than the one present selected the beverage, either. I used “father” because you were using the term to refer to and alternate, but absent. adult with responsibility for the child. It is just as likely that there is no other adult with responsibility for the child. Or perhaps the child comes from an alternate family situation. We simply do not have that information.

    The fact that you assume the woman present is the child’s mother is quite interesting. You do not know that, and neither did CrankyProf. Be aware of your own assumptions before drawing conclusions- it is a basic skill of critical thought and analysis.

    If there is a father in the situation, how do we know he does subscribe to the same parenting skills and choices displayed by the (let’s assume) mother? It is often the case.

    I make my own parenting mistakes, thank you. In fact, I often share them, and the lessons learned from them, with other parents, via my blog and other contacts. However, I cannot see how giving a child an adult energy drink is appropriate, and not classified under “parenting mistake.” Could you clarify that for us, please?

    My screen name is based on my own blog. I don’t change screen names to fit my myriad roles. My apologies if you find that offensive. It was tradition when I started (many years ago) to have a screen name fit your purpose and blog theme (in fact, I didn’t even change it when I had my second baby- it would get confusing to keep changing names all the time.)

    It has been fun to participate on your blog. I hope we’ve up your hitcount, and that you are enjoying the discussion. We are.

  18. The Fabulous Kitty Glendower permalink
    October 14, 2008 1:53 am

    virchow, get to steppin I don’t see where anyone is speaking for you.

    Joeymom, I’m not listening you came here trying to take up for that classist and sexist professor at the expense of some stranger. I tell you what, assume the woman is the child’s mother is a hellva lot better than calling the woman a Hambeast from Hell, or did that slip your attention. Apparently you approve of The Perfect Professor calling complete strangers Hambeast from Hell. You approve of it, because you do it too. People like you, women like you, act like you are the bestest (sic) mothers in the whole god damn world not because you give a damn about your children, but because you need to feel like you are wanted, or important, because the men in your life, the men in society have suck the life out of your existence. So who do you turn to to make yourself feel better, you turn to someone who looks the part of white trash from the trailer part, someone you know would have no protection if you and people like you wanted to call in the police, or say something snide and turn the whole community against said person. So, enjoy the conversation all you want, it is what people like you do. You take things and use it for your amusement and never offer anything to community but your disdain. It’s people like you and The Perfect Professor who are scum of the earth, because if you ever knew compassion, you lost it.

  19. Joeymom permalink
    October 14, 2008 2:00 am

    I don’t see where I used the word “bestest” anywhere.

    Oh, wait, you’re not listening. Nevermind.

  20. The Fabulous Kitty Glendower permalink
    October 14, 2008 2:06 am

    Perhaps this is a new concept to you, but people can come up with thoughts outside of what you offer. I trust my judgement that you belong to the old so bestest mother crowd. I wonder, did that man of yours clean the toilets today or will you be doing that after you making smiley face cookies for the 7th grade tomorrow. You are just so special. I wish the Hambeast from Hell would look to you for guidance.

  21. Joeymom permalink
    October 14, 2008 2:11 am

    Where is this term “bestest” coming from? You use “sic”, which means “thus” or “just as that”, and is used in writing when you are quoting an mistake made from the person you are engaging. I have never used this term, “bestest”, to my knowledge, and certainly do not see it in either of the comments I made. Did I have a typo in my blog somewhere that you are quoting? I can’t find it.

  22. The Fabulous Kitty Glendower permalink
    October 14, 2008 2:16 am

    Are you that stupid joeymom? Are is it nothing can exist unless it is about you. Did I put bestest in “”. NO I did not. The (sic) means I am intentionally using it in a way that is not the right way. I am not allowed to quote my own snark, or is that just priviledge allocated for goody two shoe middle class white women who deflect from their friend’s flaws. You know, how The Perfect Professor revealed what a sexist and classist snob that she is at the expense of a stranger. Which is what you are doing too. You both thrive on feeling good about yourselves at the expense of people. But you cannot see that. Those toilets are waiting however.

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