Published: 20th June 2020
Are you a 'snowflake'? What the words 'snowflake generation', 'male chauvinists' mean
Do we know the exact meaning of the words snowflakes, feminism, sexist, MCPs and the likes? Read on to find out what they mean and how to use them
John: Hi Mary. What’s keeping you busy these days?
Mary: Hi John. I am reading the book We should all be feminists.
John: Feminism? I hate feminists. They are ‘snowflakes’.
Mary: What do you mean?
John: Snowflakes are people who think that they are unique and get easily offended. Feminists easily get offended and always blame and abuse men.
Mary: If that is the definition of ‘snowflake’, you also belong to the ‘snowflake generation’. Any young person who is more prone to taking offence belongs to the ‘snowflake generation’.
John: Now you have proved that you are a feminist.
Mary: Feminism is about equality between sexes. As long as we have MCPs in our society, feminists will be there.
John: MCPs? You mean ‘Male chauvinist …’?
Mary: Yes, Male Chauvinist Pigs. Any man who thinks that men are superior to women and behaves in such a way is a male chauvinist pig.
John: Not all men.
Mary: Do you know the story of #MenAreTrash?
John: Yes, the hashtag was trending two years ago, when a 19-year-old South African university student was raped and murdered by her boyfriend. I also raised my voice against it. Not all men are trash.
Mary: Agreed. Men who think that they are not trash should educate other men to stop being trash.
John: For heaven’s sake, please stop lecturing…
Mary: I can stop lecturing if you can stop being a sexist.
John: Sexist? I have never been a sexist in my life. Maybe you don’t know what ‘sexism’ means.
Mary: John, most men are sexists. Many are hostile sexists and some are benevolent sexists. You are a benevolent sexist, I think. You have internalised sexism in you. It is the male gaze that is the cause of male domination.
John: Sounds interesting. You can start your lecture now.
Mary: Many men see the world through a masculine lens and view women as objects. This is called ‘male gaze’.
John: I thought it was the ‘female gaze’ that ruled the 21st century.