P.S. if you'd like to skip all the fireworks, please do not reveal the spoiler and skip right ahead to page 2, otherwise, read the whole thread (make some popcorn first)
The first poster (well, me) posts the gender that they identify with (male, in this case). They then ask a respectful and honest question about their perception of the opposite sex. The next poster must identify with the opposite sex in order to answer that question, and then may or may not ask one of their own if they wish. To start:
Why is it commonly perceived that women feel less comfortable talking to their superiors (in school or the workplace) than men do?
I'm asking someone female to answer that question and then ask one of her own for a male to answer. Be respectful (oh boy, what have I done????)!
Edit: oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy
Alright, first and foremost, to everyone and anyone that I may have offended with this activity, I wholeheartedly apologize. I was much more terrified of people starting to attack each other ("why are women such b!tches?") than I was about the gender identity issue. In my defense, I did use the words "gender that they identify with" in order to be inclusive. I suppose that didn't work... I've been a straight male all my life, but I've had a lot of lesbian friends, and I'm just going to be really and truly honest here: it's hard for me to keep up with all the definitions. It's not that I don't care; it's that I don't know, and I've met very few people for whom gender identity was ever an issue. That's not to say that I haven't met any, and that is definitely not to say that I didn't respect them fully when I did meet them. Let me make one thing clear: I DO NOT understand every detail, but I DO respect. Now I know this is going to trigger comments saying :"You're disrespecting the issue by making it overcomplicated" and "if you really cared, you'd go out and learn". I feel like neither of those are true, and I'm keeping the original post for reference. In the classroom that the original activity took place in, there were only males and females. I modeled the activity after that, with the mention that posters may use whatever gender they identify with. I do feel that masculinity is opposite of femininity just as red is opposite blue on the color wheel, however, I'd like to humbly admit my faulty logic in mentioning "opposite" sexes, again apologize to anyone that might have been offended, and finally open the activity to absolutely everyone by saying that the responder simply cannot identify only with the gender of the asker. If there is anything left to be addressed, please, bring it to my attention.