In junior high, it was assumed that girls would take Home Economics and boys would take Woodshop. I really, really wanted to learn woodworking, because I love making 3D art. Everybody discouraged me. If I took Woodshop, they said, it meant willingly exposing myself to the culture of misogyny in the classroom, aka “asking for it.” So I took Home Ec. There, I learned I was weird for not eating the same foods, not having the same beauty standards, not washing dishes the same way. Funny how back then, people had a keener awareness of sexism than of cultural bias.

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