Ellen DeGeneres' skit

Sep 7th, 2017
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1. Question one
Ellen DeGeneres’ skit revolves around Bic’s novelty product, a pen designed specifically for
women to use. With the traditional colors associated to femininity, light pink and purple, the
pens were allegedly created to fit women’s hands perfectly, even though there are no major
anatomical differences when it comes to male and female hands. The skit is funny because it
ridicules the current societal need to establish a gender for products that do not need to be
gendered. Society still holds the belief that, for one, there exists some intrinsic difference
between men and women that makes the latter group require specialized products. It is usually
women, though, who are seen as the ones who need these specials. For men, any regular object
will do. When they purchase a car, they can say they are interested in a truck without being told
that such a choice is not meant for a man. Unlike men, women need specific objects -- which
would be innocuous in the hands of men -- to be added a pastel flair or bit of sparkles so that the
user can assert their femininity, as they engage in such an unfeminine task. I had a friend, for
example, who wanted to buy a drill for her father’s birthday. When she arrived at the store and
asked to see them, she was guided by the clerk to a particular product: a perfectly normal power
drill, which was bright pink. This is not an experience I would have had, if I had gone looking
for a working tool. Though these situations might appear to some as only minor inconveniences,
they contribute to the systematic othering of women. Just like cars, tools, and apparently pens
have to be crafted specifically for women’s skills, which are so different from men, so should
their education and career prospects be dictated based on gender. Even in modernity, the lack of
women in STEM fields -- only to name an example -- can be traced back to seemingly harmless
attitudes that lead us to believe that women are just not interested in science, because it has been
dictated that, unlike men, scientific curiosity is simply unladylike.

2. Question two
The author believes that some of the phrasing used by trans individuals to explain their
transition, because it can be read as a way to further the differentiation between men and women.
By claiming that a trans individual was born into the wrong body, it could be seen as a way to
position the female body in complete opposition to the male body, which was, and still is, a
common argument used to justify the different treatment of women, when compared to men. It is
true that statements made by certain members of the trans community can be seen as disparaging
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