Some people send me a ton of forwards, and for over a year I’ve been letting them accumulate in a folder in my email.  Over the last month I’ve been going through them; I’m down from about 800 to 150.  If I read one that’s really funny, I pass it on to a few select people.  If I see something really stupid, I usually delete it without a thought.  But every now and then I come across one that is in really bad taste, making me wonder why it was sent to me.  Here is an email I just encountered which falls into the latter category:

A New  Mouse for Women

  After years of  research, scientists have discovered that women do  not like the standard  mouse given away with PC’s. Scientists found that  there is not a physical  reason for their aversion; It is more of a Psychological problem.
Some women  reported that their mouse ‘just didn’t feel right’ in  their hands. Based on  the research,a new mouse has been designed  especially for women.
Various field tests  have been carried out on the  new  design:

Julie from  Hounslow  said:-

‘It  feels so much  better. More comfortable, more like how it’s supposed to  be’
 Susan from  Chelmsford  added:-

‘I think mice were  originally designed just  for men, but this new type  is definitely made for  women. It fits right in with  my lifestyle’

Hillary from  
Kent :said  –

‘I took to  it like  a duck to water, every woman should have one’!

Sally From London Said –

It feels so natural

Now I know it’s supposed to be something stupid that you read quickly and then ignore, but I don’t want to let this one go.  This email is problematic because it is perpetuating stereotypes about women.  It’s women who are supposedly having this “psychological problem.”  Yet I know of some guys who are more apt to iron something than I am.  Why should they be excluded from this mouse which is supposedly just for women?  And why should this mouse be designed especially for me because I am a woman, even though I do not iron clothes?  I think I’ll stick to a normal mouse, thank you! 

Here is an example of another mouse I found.  You can bet money that this one wasn’t designed with women in mind:

There is nothing “natural” about the feeling of an iron in your hand, be you male or female.  But by saying it is natural for women to be using an iron is perpetuating stereotypes about women being the ones to take care of the domestic work in a house.  But really, why should I complain?  Women can have their iron-shaped mice, and guys can have their sports-car shaped mice, right?  This is another good example of just how robust patriarchy is.  Both of these mice are stereotyping people, women as domestics and men as car guys.  There is nothing wrong with a woman liking cars and a man liking ironing. 

We need to be aware of such stereotypes and try to keep them from spreading. 



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2 responses to “Forwards

  1. It is definitely perpetuating the stereotype of woman as domestic object, although I wonder if the whole thing is not a bit tongue-in-cheek since the photo and the comments from supposed users are so ludicrous.
    I think that it is not meant to be taken seriously, although I agree that just by having it out there it continues the idea that women belong in the home-so I hope that no one is taking it seriously. Imagine what would happen if the iron mouse got overheated?!


  2. skosoris

    I totally agree with you. Like I said, I know this is supposed to be a stupid email that you read quickly and then delete. I just think we need to think critically before we pass such things on.

    lol, I guess if the iron mouse overheats it will send those scientist back to the drawing board! I guess they could always try a kitchen-theme instead (I was hoping to find one shaped like a spatula, but I guess this works too)


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