Abstract / Synopsis
This poem is a reaction to a poem written about being forced to take a Home Economics class in the 1960's. As a woman born subsequent to this time period, I was never forced to study home economics, but was required to study pre-calculus. Unfortunately, at the time I could not appreciate this requirement. The irony of my poem is that it celebrates the subject it claims to reject.
This poem also suggests that gender discrimination requires a more complex solution than merely discontinuing home economics, and doing so limits the choices feminism intends to protect. Rejecting gender roles may provide a simple answer, but genuine equality requires discriminant thinking to imagine unlimited possibilities, for both men and women.
Carlson, L. K. "Discriminant," Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 7 Issue 1 (January 2017), pages 290-290. DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.201701.25 . Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol7/iss1/25