purses for the ladies, laptops for the men
I’m sitting in the Detroit airport, on my way home from OLA, surfing the web and catching up on email on the laptop that might as well be surgically attached to my body given how seldom it is out of arm’s reach. They just made a pre-boarding announcement for my flight:
Please be aware that due to the restricted baggage room on this flight passengers are limited to a single carry-on item. This means ladies may only carry their purses and men may only carry their laptop cases.
I’m too sick and tired to go bug them about it, but I felt this had to be noted somewhere. And yes, I’m aware they probably “didn’t mean it that way” but when you make sexist comments, even unconsciously, you’re reinforcing the normalcy of sexist assumptions.
I sure hope my sense of humor returns after I get home and get some sleep.