I did an informative speech in my speech class on Pirates of the Caribbean, strictly the ride at Disneyland. In my speech, I included information about the PC changes that took place. I provided that straight facts on it and also stated that the changes were very controversial, and that I felt that they were stupid to implement. Now, basically the entire class agreed with me (minus one girl), but my teacher then started arguing with me on the subject. She felt that it was teaching girls to be submissive and accept things like rape. (I must point out that I delivered this speech in southern California).
I didn't think too heavily about it until I got the totality of my grading on the speech back. This teacher liked all of my other speeches before, but on this one she was marking everything up very anally...and she consistently contradicted herself in her grading, writing one note and then the note after it completely opposing the other. Then I saw all the notes she had written about the PC changes...all I can say is, she was holding a serious grudge against me. Needless to say this rather ticked me off, as I'm in college and I feel that a college professor should be more professional than that. Of course I'm probably expecting too much.
Annoyed, I retold the story to a friend of mine in a class...another young woman overheard and then started arguing with me, even worse than my teacher had. She went so far as to say that because of the chasing of the women scene, date rape in college in California is high.
WHAT?! Clearly she had no basis to say such a thing, with no statistics or research to prove her claims. I have tons of friends that have gone to the park all the time their whole life, and neither are they submissive or rapists. But it infuriated me to hear these women disregarding that these AAs were chasing each other around (and of both sexes, I might add), both giggling to show that they were enjoying themselves.
I am fully appreciative of opposing views and like to listen to them, but these women had absolutely nothing to back themselves up with what they were saying. But then, something clicked in my head.
My professor is from Australia and hasn't lived in California long enough to experience a small earthquake (like less than a year). The two other females that disagreed with me didn't seem to be from California either...maybe somewhere else in the US, but not sunny Cali. But above all else, I'm fairly sure none of these young women ever went on Pirates before it underwent the PC changes, and might not have even visited the park at all.
I don't know...as people that visit the park, are we prejudiced that these types of things Disney deals with are always classy? And opposing, are people that aren't used to the parks come in with an overly-high clean cut expectation, agreeing with changing anything that only sounds "off" to them?