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Survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM) from all over the world, including the UK, call for an immediate end to the practice. FGM – aimed at controlling women’s sexuality – dates back as far as ancient Egypt and has led to 130 million mutilated women and girls in the world today. These survivors offer a message of hope
Find out more here. http://www.theguardian.com/end-fgm
Sign the petition here to encourage UK schools to educate teenagers on genital mutilation: http://www.change.org/petitions/educationgovuk-tell-schools-to-teach-risks-of-female-genital-mutilation-before-the-summer-endfgm
Guys get caught up in the myths of feminism and the idea that it’s about taking something away from men – as though privilege is a zero-sum game.
Feminism isn’t about hating men or putting men into a submissive role or taking over the world. It is – as the famous quote goes – about “the radical idea that women are people too” and treating them accordingly… and that helps men as well. Fighting back against the “traditional” definitions and restrictions of gendered behaviour frees women and men.
are you ever a bit impressed by how completely wrong an argument manages to be
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These days, before we talk about misogyny, women are increasingly being asked to modify our language so we don’t hurt men’s feelings. Don’t say, “Men oppress women” – that’s sexism, as bad as any sexism women ever have to handle, possibly worse. Instead, say, “Some men oppress women.” Whatever you do, don’t generalise. That’s something men do. Not all men – just some men.
This type of semantic squabbling is a very effective way of getting women to shut up. After all, most of us grew up learning that being a good girl was all about putting other people’s feelings ahead of our own. We aren’t supposed to say what we think if there’s a chance it might upset somebody else or, worse, make them angry. So we stifle our speech with apologies, caveats and soothing sounds. We reassure our friends and loved ones that “you’re not one of those men who hate women”.
What we don’t say is: of course not all men hate women. But culture hates women, so men who grow up in a sexist culture have a tendency to do and say sexist things, often without meaning to. We aren’t judging you for who you are but that doesn’t mean we’re not asking you to change your behaviour. What you feel about women in your heart is of less immediate importance than how you treat them on a daily basis.
You can be the gentlest, sweetest man in the world yet still benefit from sexism. That’s how oppression works.