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Listen to me, pretty please

Listen to me - The EQualified Engineer

One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say
Bryant H. McGill

Listen may refer to

  • the action of listening
  • how the brain processes what you hear
  • listening behavior types in human communication

Simple definition of listen

  • to pay attention to someone or something in order to hear what is being said, sung, played, etc.
  • to hear what someone has said and understand that it is serious, important, or true

Listen to me. It’s (not that) complicated, is it?

Apparently it is. Apparently it is very complicated to keep your mouth shut for a couple of seconds, to take in what someone else may have to say. Apparently it is even more complicated if this someone happen to be a woman. A female engineer. Actually, this alone, is making things worse. A woman. A female engineer. In a mans world. How provoking.

Listen to me. Pretty please? Listen to me without this doubtful look in your face, thoughts wandering, does she really have a clue what she is on about? Pretty please? Pretty please with sugar on top. Listen to me, without interrupt me before I finish what I intended to say. Listen to me and let my words weigh as much as my male colleagues does. Just because he is a man.

Yes, I said it. The word. The mans word. Not the mans world, although it is. No, I said the mans word. You see, the mans word weigh more heavily to you. They are simply different then the female worlds. Almost like Queens English versus cockney English. Not that you would ever admit it.

No, but of course. Goodness me. Butter my butt and call me a biscuit. We are all equal here. We have our equality plan, don’t you know? We might even consider to actually read it, some time in a not to distant future.

See, it is all good, what’s the fuzz about, pumpkin pie? Don’t worry your pretty little head with all these technicalities. Now aren’t you going to cheer up and be happy. What more do you want sweetie?

Well, in short, how about a little respect … darling heart?

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